It was a nice 83 degrees on Wednesday when the San Diego Padres came to the plate against the Atlanta Braves rookie Venezuelan right-hander Williams Perez. Even the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter was on hand to watch the two team’s battle for game three of the four game series. Hopefully the former POTUS went home happy as his Braves beat the Padres 4 to 1.
It didn’t take long for the Braves to break through against Tyson Ross when Kelly Johnson knocked Nick Markakis in for the first run of the game in the second inning .Later in the same inning Andrelton Simmons added another run when he smacked another single to knock in AJ Pierzynski. However, what tomorrow’s box score won’t show is neither run should have scored as the bottom of the second was somewhat of a circus act for the Friars. The worst offense occurred when Markakis was on first base and Will Middlebrooks booted a ball that could have been a double play and had to settle for the out at first. The play was a costly one as it allowed the two runs to score when the Padres could have been out of the inning.
Wiz of Awes
Ross had another rough inning in the bottom of the third as the Braves added another run from an RBI groundout off the bat of Freddie Freeman. However, Ross was able to limit the damage as the Braves left a runner on third to end the inning.
While Ross struggled Perez cruised through the first four innings, but in the fifth the Padres finally replaced the zero on the scoreboard with a one when Cory Spangenberg knocked Tyson Ross in with his second double of the night. Yonder Alonso was almost able to tie the game in the fifth when gave a ball a 400 foot ride to straight away center, unfortunately it wasn’t enough and Cameron Maybin hauled in in for the final out as Spangenberg was left stranded in scoring position.
Unfortunately, for the Padres the bullpen didn’t fare much better than Ross, as Shawn Kelley gave up 1 run in the seventh. Buddy Black decided to go to his bullpen once again with the bases loaded and 1 out when Frank Garces came in and got two out’s to limit the damage. It was clutch pitching at its finest by the young left hander.
Much to the chagrin of Padre’s fans everywhere the clutch pitching of Frank Garces and the bat of Cory Spangenberg wasn’t enough to help beat the team from Atlanta. The loss was especially tough for this Padres fan as once again the team from San Diego has dropped below .500. But there is hope as the Padres look for revenge tomorrow in an afternoon tilt against the Braves.
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