Padres Split Brief Series With Twins

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Aug 5, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas (19) hits a three run home run in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

 Game 1: L, 3-1 

Game 1 featured a version of Jessie Hahn the Padres had not seen in a while. He walked 4 in 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on one pitch. He surrendered a home run in the 6th to rookie Kennys Vargas, marking his first career big fly. All 3 Twins runs came on his swing and it was enough to win the game. Alonso got the Padres on the board first with a solo home run in the 5th. They had a 1-0 lead until that home run in the 6th. Alonso had 3 hits in the game and Will Venable added 2 hits including a double. The Padres had 12 hits in the game but could not capitalize. They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the game. The Friars left 11 men on base throughout the game.

The loss put Hahn at 7-3. Phil Hughes won his 11th game as he pitched well, striking out 9 for Minnesota and only allowed the Alonso home run. He also scattered 7 hits. The Twins did what the Padres couldn’t, got a big hit when it counted. The Padres out-hit the Twins 12 to 5 but still lost the game.