Padres Keep Rolling, Sweep Rockies
By Nick Lee
Aug 1, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Chris Nelson (1) follows through during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 W, 4-1
In Game 2, the Padres were in control for much of the game after Alexi Amarista grounded out to drive in a run in the 2nd inning. Almonte added a sac fly in the 4th and then Chris Nelson broke it open in the 8th with a 2-run single. The only blemish in the game was a late home run by Corey Dickerson off of Dale Thayer.
Odrisamer Despaigne was in complete control most of the game. He pitched 7 innings and struck out a career-high 8 without allowing a single run. He only walked 2 and scattered 5 hits. He showed that not only can he pitch to contact and let his defense get outs, but he can make hitters whiff on occasion as well. He stranded 5 Rockies runners in scoring position throughout the game. The Rockies rookie Yohan Flande also pitched well, only allowing 4 hits through 6 innings. The Padres got 2 key hits with runners in scoring position that helped them to the 4-1 victory. The main story of the game was in the top of the 8th, Nelson and Tommy Medica flew into the stands in consecutive at-bats to make grabs. This helped the Padres put away the Rockies and clinch the series win.