The San Diego Padres finished off a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with an impressive 8-2 win, and extend their current win streak to 4 games. The Padres gave the ball to Ian Kennedy to try and finish off the sweep of the Giants, and that’s just what he did. Kennedy went 6.2 innings, punching out 5 and walking 1 Giants batter, while only giving up 2 earned runs, on 5 base hits. Kennedy also struck out his 2ooth batter of the season in the 7th inning as one of his five strikeouts on the day. Congrats to Ian on joining some pretty elite company in team history!
The Giants’ starter, Ryan Vogelsong on the other hand, struggled against the Friars offense. Vogelsong was only able to go 5.1 innings, striking out 5, and walking 1 batter, but he gave up 4 runs, 2 of which were earned on only 4 Padres’ hits. The Padres were able to get to Vogelsong in the bottom of the 5th inning, and it all started when Seth Smith led-off the inning with a double, and he then advanced to third on a Rene Rivera single. He was then brought home on an Alexi Amarista sacrifice fly.
In the 6th inning, the Padres struck again when Yangervis Solarte led-off with a single, followed by a single by Will Venable. The Friars had runners on first and third, when an error on Pablo Sandoval loaded the bases for Yasmani Grandal, who hit a sacrifice fly to extend the Padres’ lead to 2-0 in the 6th. The next batter, Smith, grounded into a fielder’s choice, and that pushed the Padres’ lead to 3-0. The next batter, Cameron Maybin also joined the party, by hitting a 2-RBI single to extend the lead even further to 5-0 in the 6th.
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The Giants tried to fight back though, and got a 2-run home run by Chris Dominguez, off of Ian Kennedy in the top of the 7th inning. Though the Padres weren’t done either in the 7th, they would tack on a few more runs, started off by Will Venable with a single. Then the Padres were helped out with an error by the Giants’ pitcher, Jean Machi, to move Venable to 2nd base. Then the big blow by Yasmani Grandal who hit a 2-run double to extend the Padres’ lead back to 5 runs at 7-2. The Padres added on one more in the inning with a single by Rivera, making it 8-2, and they didn’t look back taking the game by that score.
Ian Kennedy picked up his 12th win of the year, to improve his record to (12-13), while Ryan Vogelsong picked up his 12th loss of the year, as his record dropped to (8-12).
The Padres start a new series at home tonight against the Colorado Rockies from Petco Park at 7:10 PM PDT. The Friars will be looking to extend their win streak to 5 games, when they send Eric Stults who has a (7-17) record and a 4.59 ERA on the year, to face-off against the Rockies’ Tyler Matzek who is (6-10) with a 4.19 ERA on the year.
Keep the Faith.