Padres Recap: Norris at 1st, Alonso at 3rd, and Padres Win

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Pat Murphy got his first win as manager of the San Diego Padres with today’s 3-1 victory over the Oakland A’s. How did he celebrate, well he was grabbed by some players, carried into the shower and doused with a combination of beer, champagne and baby powder (via ESPN).

While I’m sure the players were excited to get a win for their new skipper maybe they were more excited to break their five game losing streak? Whatever the reason, just win more games guys.

Ian Kennedy got the start and threw six innings giving up four hits and one run (a homer). Shawn Kelly and Brandon Maurer threw scoreless innings each. Craig Kimbrel got the save, his 17th of the year.

The other big news out of today’s game was the starting lineup:

Yehp, that’s Derek Norris starting at firstbase and Yonder Alonso at thirdbase. We’ve heard the Padres had been experimenting with this in their pregame warmups, but today we finally got to see it in action. I know it’s just a one game sample size but I hope to see this alignment more in the future.

Matt Kemp (2-4) got the offense going today with a solo homerun in the fourth. Norris (1-4) followed up with a homer of his own in the sixth. Finally, Melvin Upton (1-4) tripled in the eighth, then scored on a Justin Upton (0-2) sacrifice fly.

The Padres are their way to Phoenix now for a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, James Shields will start for the Pads on Friday.

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