Padres Fight Back, Win Series
By Nick Lee
Aug 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Rene Rivera (44) hits a game tying home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The series got off to about the worst start possible. The Brewers (73-60) put a beating on the Padres (62-70) in Monday’s opener, taking the first game of the series 10-1. The Friars then battled back to win the series two games to one. This was mainly due to stellar pitching and timely hitting. The Padres have now won a series against every single National League Central team. The Padres have great momentum from this series win.
The Padres hit .257 in the three-game series, as well as 5-for-30 with runners in scoring position, a .167 average. That stat does not indicate the key hitting the Padres got in their two wins. It was hard to select on offensive player of the series but the nod goes to Rene Rivera for his clutch performance in Wednesday’s finale. He hit a game-tying home run in the 9th and then capped it off with a walk-off single up the middle to score fellow catcher Yasmani Grandal. Grandal did not have a bad series himself, collecting 4 hits with an RBI and run scored. Abraham Almonte also had a good series, hitting a home run and driving in 2 runs with 3 hits.