San Diego Padres’ starter Ian Kennedy tossed six innings of 1-run ball, striking out 9 Chicago Whites in leading the Padres to a much-needed, series-opening, interleague victory in Chicago Friday night. Nick Vincent, Joaquin Benoit, and Huston Street slammed the doors, preserving the victory for Kennedy, who moves to 4-6 on the season.
White Sox’ starter John Danks pitched well enough to win as well, tossing seven innings, and allowing 2 earned runs, before giving way to Javy Guerra, who allowed a pair of runs himself in a single frame of work. The Padres were led by a pair of home runs from Cameron Maybin in the third inning, and Yonder Alonso in the eighth, which was the dagger for the White Sox.
Carlos Quentin went 2-for-5 in his return to U.S. Cellular as an opposing player, and Chris Denorfia also had a pair of hits in the victory. Alonso led the Padres, tallying three hits, and driving in a pair of runs.
Kennedy allowed his one run in the bottom half of the fourth, as Conor Gillespie scored on a wild pitch. An inning later, Rene Rivera scored on a wild pitch by Danks, a pair of scoring rarities indeed.
Keep The Faith.