The Padres won their first series of the season, wrapping up the 3 game series with the Detroit Tigers Sunday with a 5-1 victory. Tyson Ross impressed with 7 K’s in 7 innings, only one earned run. The bats once again showed life with 3 extra base hits, 2 of them home runs courtesy of Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady. Gyorko now leads the team with 7 RBI. For you statistics buffs, he is currently on pace for 94 RBI at this point. The last 2 games he has shown increased confidence at the plate. Everth Cabrera also extended his hitting streak to 6 games.
As a team, the Padres hit .282 in the series, significantly better than in Cleveland. The Friars also had 3 HR’s. And all this against a team that many pick to win the AL Pennant. Padre pitching held MVP/Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera to just one hit in 12 at bats. Padres pitchers in general performed very well, especially the starters. In the 3 games, Cashner, Kennedy and Ross combined for 22 innings, 25 strikeouts and only 5 earned runs. There is a lot of reason for optimism after this series. The Padres now welcome the Colorado Rockies to San Diego for a 4 game series. Eric Stults (0-2, 5.59 ERA) gets the rock in the opener tonight against the Rockies’ Jordan Lyles (2-0, 3.86 ERA). The Rockies are coming off losing 2 out of 3 in San Francisco.