You know when Will Middlebrooks triples in a game and the starting pitcher gets a hit the Padres are probably doing pretty good. The Padres batted around in the first inning Monday scoring five, then scored four more in the second to take a 9-0 lead before many of the fans had even gotten to the game. Must’ve been a good feeling for Odrisamer Despaigne who pitched 6 2/3 innings to pick up his second win and second consecutive very good start in the place of injured Ian Kennedy. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5. By the time they scored 5 more in the 5th the Padres were just padding their stats.
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Wil Myers led the game with a single which Derek Norris followed with a double to right. Matt Kemp hit his fourth double of the year to bring in the first two runs of the game. Jedd Gyorko doubled a couple of batters later before Yonder Alonso finished off the first inning scoring with a 2-RBI single to right field. The next two hitters were retired and manager Walt Weiss might have thought Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa had things figured out, right?
Well, the second inning started auspiciously when franchise player Troy Tulowitzki made an error to allow Wil Myers to reach first base. A couple more hits from Norris, Kemp and Justin Upton before Will Middlebrooks triples to center field bringing in two more runs to make it 8-0 at this point. As the veterans started to be pulled even the backups made contributions. Will Venable got a hold of one for his second homer in spotty playing time and Clint Barmes continued to play well when he does boosting his average to .318 with a 2-4 performance. The Padres would put up 5 more in the 5th to score 14 runs on 17 hits.
Matt Kemp though led the way with 4 RBI’s and boosted his now team leading batting average to .368. Though Jedd Gyorko got the first inning double, he went 0-3 with a walk the rest of the night to see his average dip down farther to .171. If he is going to get in a groove, this series in Colorado would be a great place to get things started.
Derek Norris continues to be the offensive catcher the Padres wanted, going 3-5 himself with a RBI. The final score after it was all over was 14-3 Padres.
There was a scary moment for Despaigne when a line drive deflected off his foot but he stayed in the game and it didn’t appear to bother him the rest of his outing.
WP: Despaigne (2-0)
LP: De La Rosa (0-1)