Tyson Ross tossed his 14th consecutive quality start to give the Padres a victory in the series opener versus the Diamondbacks on Labor Day. He pitched 6 innings, allowing only 1 earned run, while striking out 8. Ross has quietly continued to prove to be one of the elite pitchers in all of baseball. Odds are, he’d be close to winning his 20th game of the season if the Padres’ scored any runs at all for him on a consistent basis.
Trevor Cahill struggled again, going only 4 innings for the D-backs, allowing 3 earned runs. Control was his enemy, as he walked six and struck out five. Rookie call-up Cory Spangenburg had a pair of RBI, which was the difference for the Friars in the series opener. Yansmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits in the winning effort to get the series off on the right foot for Bud Black and the boys.