Padres Can’t Sweep, But Claim Series
By Nick Lee
Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 W, 2-1
Saturday’s game looked very similar as the Padres once again scored first but let the Dodgers tie it. The starting pitcher Ian Kennedy got the scoring started with his first double of the season, driving in Rene Rivera for his 5th RBI of the season. Former Padre Adrian Gonzalez did something he is very familiar with, hitting a home run at Petco Park, his 19th of the year, in the 6th tying the game at one.
Thanks once again to a stellar outing from the bullpen, the game went into extra innings. But not before Ian Kennedy had a solid outing, striking out 8 in 7 innings and only allowing 4 hits. His counterpart Zack Greinke had an equally impressive night, also striking out 8 but going 8 innings. The Padres bullpen shut down the Dodgers in 3 innings, all scoreless with 4 hits allowed.
It didn’t take the Padres as long to get the walk-off win this time around. In the 10th, Will Venable got on base then stole his 8th bag of the year to get into scoring position. This set up the walk-off single by Alexi Amarista, the Padres’ third straight walk-off win.