San Diego Padres’ outfielder Will Venable had a big Saturday afternoon in the 4-2 victory in the second game of three game interleague match up with the Chicago White Sox. Venable went 4-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI while catcher Rene Rivera added another RBI double to send the South siders to their second consecutive loss.
Despite a shaky performance in Arizona, starter Tyson Ross (6-4, 2.85 ERA) picked up his sixth win of the season and lowering his May ERA to an impressive 2.08. Although he was not dominant, Ross still went six innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned), striking out five, and walking three. Although he did not have his best stuff, he made the right pitch when he needed forcing an inning ending double-play in the second. He was also bailed out by a great diving catch by Chris Denorfia that preserved the Padres’ lead.
The bullpen continues its dominance not allowing a hit in the series. Reliever Nick Vincent struck out the side in the seventh while Joaquin Benoit held Chicago in check in the eighth. Although Huston Street allowed a ninth inning walk, he picked up his 17th save of the year getting Tyler Flowers to ground back to him to end the game.
However, the Padres’ got some bad news when outfielder Cameron Maybin exited the game in the second inning with calf tightness. Maybin injured his calf rounding second when Venable got caught up in a rundown between home and third.
The Padres’ are looking for their first sweep of the 2014 season when they take on Chicago in final game of the series Sunday afternoon. Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) looks to get back on winning ways when he squares off against White Sox ace Chris Sale (4-0, 1.76). First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 am PDT.