Padres Analysis: The Top 10 Padres Games of 2014
By Nick Lee
Jul 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Padres second basemanChris Nelson
(1) hits a RBI double against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
10. July 24th, Padres Pound Cubs 13-3
The Padres had clubbed the Chicago Cubs earlier in the year and now this was the icing on the cake.
In fact, the 13 spot the Friars put up in this game was the highest run total they would achieve all year. For an offense that was historically bad, scoring 13 runs was a big deal.
It had the makings of a decent pitching matchup between All-Star Tyson Ross and the veteran Edwin Jackson. Not so. The Padres tagged Jackson for five earned runs and putting up a total of nine runs in the top of the 6th inning.
They took an early lead after a Yasmani Grandal triple and Will Venable single. The floodgates opened in the 6th after a throwing error by Luis Valbuena.
Tyson Ross struck out 11 in six innings. Rene Rivera finished with three hits including a home run and 3 RBI. Three different Padres had three hits. Along with Rivera, Seth Smith and Venable also had a 3-hit night.
The Friars hit .500 with runners in scoring position, going 8 for 16 that night. This was a rare occurrence for the Padres, as they often squandered opportunities to drive in runners in scoring position throughout the 2014 season.