Padres Ride Richard To Sweep Of Cubs

The Padres won another low-scoring affair against the Chicago Cubs, this time behind the left arm of Clayton Richard. Richard threw a five-hit shutout, and the Padres defeated the Cubs 2-0.

The shutout was the second of Richard’s career — the first came in 2010, against the Dodgers. Bud Black made an appearance in the ninth, a sign that the day might have been over for the hurler. Instead, Black showed confidence in Richard, and Clayton delivered.

Aug 8, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (left) smiles after being congratulated by catcher John Baker at the conclusion of the game at Petco Park. Richard threw a complete game shutout as the Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

San Diego did not put on an offensive show against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, but scored enough to get the win. The Padres scored a run in the second inning, when Will Venable drove in a run with an RBI double.

The Padres pushed across another run in the 8th inning, when Yonder Alonso stroked an RBI single to left. Alonso went 2-4 on the day, and improved his batting average to .272.

Richard was the story in this game, allowing just five hits in the complete-game masterpiece. He walked two, and struck out five. The win improved his record to 9-11. The record also improved Richard’s career record to 39-39.

Topics: Clayton Richard, Will Venable, Yonder Alonso

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