The Padres squandered a career start by Ian Kennedy as he struck out 12 Marlins to match his career high. He pitched 7 strong innings of one-run ball on 4 hits and 2 walks. Kennedy supplied his only run of support by hitting his first career home run to left center field pumping up the crowd and dugout. Kennedy has pitched 5 quality starts on the season, but only has 2 wins to show for it.
Marlins’ starter Jacob Turner held the Padres’ offense in check, pitching 6 strong innings with four strikeouts notching his first win of the season. Down by one after Kennedy’s solo shot, the Marlins tied the game in the top of the sixth on back-to-back singles by Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich. The game would remain scoreless through the 9th inning, sending the game into extra frames.
With Dale Thayer on the mound and two outs, Jedd Gyorko mishandled a ground ball hit by Dietrich allowing him to reach base. This allowed for Stanton to come to bat one more time. Stanton launched a 2-run home run to center field, putting the Marlins up 3-1.
Steve Cishek entered the game in the bottom of the 11th pitching a 1-2-3 inning to earn his seventh save of the season, the last batter being Jedd Gyorko.
Tomorrow, the Padres look to Tyson Ross (3-3, 3.30 ERA) to get the them back into the win column after losing their third straight game.
Keep the Faith.