8. August 18th, Padres Hammer Braves, Melvin Burns Former Team
The Padres acquired Melvin Upton from the Braves along with Craig Kimbrel. He had been pretty quiet for most of the season. That is, until this game against his former club. The game started slow, with the first run coming in the bottom of the third with a sac fly by Matt Kemp. It was 2-0 after four thanks to an RBI single by Upton. Things opened up in the bottom of the 6th.
Justin Upton led off with a double before two consecutive outs. Melvin then lined a shot into left center, zipping over the wall for a two-run homer, driving in his brother and giving the Friars a 4-0 lead. Brett Wallace walked and Alexi Amarista singled to set up Yangervis Solarte‘s three-run bomb to seal it, putting the lead at seven. The Padres weren’t done yet as Norris led off the 7th with a double. Melvin Upton came up again and laced another home run in a similar spot to his first, pushing the lead to 9-0 and giving him three hits and 5 RBI for the night. The Padres would eventually win by that same score, crediting James Shields with the win.
7. May 24th, Padres Pound Dodgers With 20 Hits
James Shields pitched a solid 7 innings while striking out 7 against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He got plenty of offense to back his good start. It was 9-0 after three innings thanks to Justin Upton. He hit a grand slam in the first then hit a bases-clearing double in the second. Will Middlebrooks added a home run in the 3rd.
The Friars ended up with 11 runs on a season-high 20 hits as they defeated the NL West champion Dodgers 11-3. Upton finished with 6 RBI and Cory Spangenberg added three hits of his own. It was a good night, watching the Padres slam our rivals from the north.
6. September 8th, Padres Walk-Off on Rockies After Blown Save
It was shaping up to be a nice win for Colin Rea, the Padres newest pitching prospect. He was making his 6th career start. He went 7 scoreless innings, striking out 4 and allowing just two hits. Thanks to a Wil Myers solo shot, the Padres were riding a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth.
Craig Kimbrel made a mistake to All-Star Nolan Arenado, which he sent over the wall for a game-tying home run with two outs. With the score 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Corey Spangenberg led off with a double. Barmes got a bunt down to move Spangenberg to third. Brett Wallace then came up and hit a dribbler up the middle to score the speedy Spangenberg for the walk-off win. It erased the blown save that took the air right out of Petco Park.
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