Padres News: Sweeping the Braves Away Again!

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The San Diego Padres completed their second series sweep of the season Wednesday afternoon beating the Braves 3-2. While the Way Back Wednesday sounds of Petco Park organist Bobby Cressey filled the air the Padres showed off all aspects of their game, from a Yangervis Solarte home run to a dazzling double play by Alexi Amarista and 2B Jedd Gyorko.

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 As Corey Brock and Mark Bowman reported, the Padres have now defeated the Braves at Petco Park for 10 straight games dating back to 2012! The Braves have been outscored in that span 57-24.

The Padres have several red-hot offensive players right now, with Solarte leading the way. He finished a triple short of the cycle, adding an RBI double in the game after homering earlier in the series as well. Matt Kemp is on a 12 game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak by a Padre since recently-departed Will Venable had one at 15 in 2013.

Tyson Ross allowed only one run in six innings and Shawn Kelley continued his strong bullpen resurgence by pitching a scoreless 7th to pick up the win. Kelley struck out the side before Benoit pitched the 8th and Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout for his 35th save on the season. It was his second save in the three game series against the team he holds the all time saves record for.

Julio Teheran pitched a good one for the Braves, going six strong allowing only the 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7. Reliever Matt Marksberry blew it though, allowing 2 more runs and that was all that the Padres would need. Freddie Freeman made his return from the Disabled List and went 1-3 with a walk on the day.

Amarista and Gyorko provided a defensive gem that got the crowd buzzing in the 6th. With the Braves up 1-0 and a runner on first, Aroldis Garcia hit a bouncer up the middle. Amarista gloved it then spun around and flipped it with his glove. Gyorko barehanded the glove flip to complete the double play.

All in all it was a great series for the Padres and they now find themselves just three games under .500 once again. The team still has a very good chance to finish at .500 or better if they can continue to focus on the things that they are doing well the last month or so. Good pitching, defense, and timely hitting. Baseball can be so simple sometimes.

Up next is a date with the top team in the National League the St. Louis Cardinals.

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