Padres News: Despaigne and Upton take down D-Backs


After dropping game one of their home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres looked to even the series before Wednesday’s finale.

Odisamer Despaigne got the start for the Padres, taking the starting rotation spot vacant by the injured Ian Kennedy, and hoping to capitalize on his shutout performance last week against the San Francisco Giants.

Also notable in Tuesday’s lineup, Yangervis Solarte making his third start in a row at second base, rather than Jedd Gyorko. Going into Tuesday’s game Solarte was 7-19, compared to Gyorko’s 3-21.

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So how did Solarte do? He went 1-3, raising his batting stats to .364/.417/.500, plus he made this amazing defensive stop.

I think Gyorko just became an expendable trade piece, perhaps?

Despaigne put on another dominant pitching performance. He threw seven innings, and only gave up two hits and one run. It’s hard to imagine that this guy did not get that fifth starting spot in the rotation.

The highlight of the night was a Justin Upton bomb in the fifth inning, which pretty much sealed the victory for the Padres, 5-1.

The Friars will look to take the rubber match from the D-Backs and their second series victory in a row tonight. Brandon Morrow will make his second start as a Padre.

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