Padres News: Padres Offense Shows Up


That’s more like it! The San Diego Padres, after being shut out in San Francisco the last two games, collected 16 hits and nine runs in their 9-1 victory of the Giants.

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Everyone got in on the action today, particularly Wil Myers (3-6) and Cory Spangenberg (3-5). Spangenberg got the start at third base today over struggling Will Middlebrooks.

The only Padre (beside the bullpen) to not get hit today, was Justin Upton; but that was because Upton was walked a career high four times. If the Giants’ plan was to avoid Upton’s deep threat and pick off the bottom of the Padres line up, it didn’t work.

Yonder Alonso (2-4) was also back in the lineup after missing the last two games to recover from a nasty pitch he took in the back on Sunday. I’m not going to say there’s a direct connection between Alonso no being in the lineup and the Padres being shut out, but it certainly helps when he’s playing. Alonso is off to one of the best starts of his career this season. After today, the first baseman has raised his stats to .341/.430/.447, one of the best on the team. Who saw that coming, huh?

Ian Kennedy was great on the mound for the Padres. Hurling for seven innings and only allowing six hits and one run. Kennedy has been terrific, going 2-0 since returning from the DL.

The bullpen was also strong today. Both Brandon Maurer and recently recalled Frank Garces threw a hit less inning each.

22 year old Austin Hedges got his first start at catcher today. Hedges did well enough behind the plate, throwing out one base runner in his debut. His glove has been considered major league ready for awhile now, its his bat that has raised questions about his game. In fact, if it hadn’t been for his hot start in AAA El Paso, he’d likely still be down in the minors. Speaking of Hedges’ bat…Hedges (1-4) also collect his first major league hit and RBI in the same at bat.

It’s nice to see Hedges come out and play well in his first major league start. Friar fans, including myself, have been patiently waiting for this guy to finally make the jump to The Show. Good luck with the rest of the season rookie!

The Padres travel to Arizona tomorrow for a series with the Diamondbacks. Tune in tomorrow for highlights and news. Hopefully the Padres can keep their bats warm on the flight over.

What did you guys think about Hedges debut today? How’d the rook do?

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