Padres Keep Rolling, Sweep Rockies
By Nick Lee
Aug 1, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Abraham Almonte (16) follows through during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3 W, 5-3
The finale was a bit of back and forth much like Game 1. The game was tied on two separate occasions. Ian Kennedy pitched well, but not perfectly. He struck out 8 in 6 innings, allowing 3 runs. The bullpen once again came through, pitching 3 scoreless innings while striking out 5. Vincent fanned another 3, giving him a total of 6 strikeouts in 3 innings in the series. Benoit came in to close the door for his 7th save and second of the series.
The two newest Padres blasted home runs to lead the Padres to victory. Almonte’s home run put the Padres up 5-3, which would go on to be the final score. Jedd Gyorko quietly had a 4-hit game, 2 were doubles and he scored once. That raised his average from .187 to .199. The Padres struck first thanks to Rene Rivera’s 29th RBI of the year. The big blow came when Liriano hit his first big league home run, which went an estimated 427 feet. The homer scored Chris Nelson and gave the Padres a 3-1 lead. The other catcher on the roster, Yasmani Grandal, also contributed with a go-ahead sac fly in the 5th and the Padres never looked back from there.