Padres Recap: Padres End Losing Streak in Arlington

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San Diego – 6  Texas – 5  F

So-called stopper James Shields could not live up to that moniker Saturday as the San Diego Padres dropped their seventh straight. At least, that was what I was planning on saying before the ninth inning. But before an explanation on that, let us review the innings that led up to a sweet victory.

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To start off the scoring, Mitch Moreland hit a home run in the second to make it 1-0 Texas.

In the very next half inning, the Padres fought back. After Yangervis Solarte was hit with a pitch, Matt Kemp smoked his eighth home run of 2015 to left center field off starter Colby Lewis.

In the bottom half of the third, a double and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Shin-Soo Choo. Choo hit a ground ball to Jedd Gyorko who started a 4-5-3 double play (as Will Middlebrooks had been in the shift), but a run scored to tie the game at two. The next batter – Prince Fielder – hit a ground ball too. Unfortunately for the Pads, the first fielder to touch it was Justin Upton. 3-2 Rangers.

The next tally came off of a fifth inning single to left field by Justin Upton. Again, the game was tied.

The hit came off of Lewis who ended the night with a solid seven frames. He surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks. Of his five strikeouts on the night, three were of Melvin Upton.

To lead off the sixth inning, Yonder Alonso made a spectacular diving stop to rob Josh Hamilton of a single.

The next batter – Mitch Moreland – killed any possible momentum with that play as he hit his second home run of the night to put the Rangers in a 4-3 lead.

Moreland was Shields’ last batter. He finished going 5.1 innings giving up 4 runs on five hits, four walks, and five strikeouts.

After Joaquin Benoit gave up a run in the eighth, the Padres entered the ninth down two runs.

Jedd Gyorko led off the inning by inching closer to a Ranger victory with a lineout. Will Venable then bunted for a single. Brett Wallace came off the bench and followed suit with another single. Melvin Upton, who had been 0/4 on the night, drove a single into left and Venable into score. On the play, pinch runner Andrew Cashner was thrown out trying to reach third base.

The next batter was Yangervis Solarte.

Craig Kimbrel came in with a one run lead in the ninth and retired the Rangers in order.

Looking Ahead

Tyson Ross (103.2 innings, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound hoping that rain doesn’t shorten his night to just two innings again.

Yovani Gallardo (107.2 innings, 2.67 ERA) has been great as of late as he has a 1.00 ERA over his last seven starts.

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