San Diego Padres: Ross Shines, Offense Wakes Up in Win Over SF

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 13: Tyson Ross
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 13: Tyson Ross /

After being held to just one hit in Thursday’s loss, the San Diego Padres’ offense woke up in the fifth inning last night and rode Tyson Ross’ terrific start to a victory.

The San Diego Padres didn’t register a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning in last night’s game. Ty Blach was cruising along, 51 pitches heading into the fifth, before the Friars’ offense woke up from their little nap.

Christian Villanueva got the Pads’ first hit of the game in the fifth inning, a slow roller to third that Evan Longoria couldn’t handle.

Austin Hedges followed with an opposite-field base hit to left field, and then Tyson Ross brought home the game’s first run with an RBI single.

Jose Pirela added another RBI single and the Friars led 2-0 after four.

Padres tack on some more runs

Hunter Renfroe absolutely smoked a ball to left field that whizzed over Andrew McCutchen‘s quickly-retreating head to lead things off in the sixth inning.

Villanueva followed with a bloop RBI double to score Renfroe to give the Padres a 3-0 lead. Freddy Galvis brought home Villanueva with an RBI base hit of his own and the Friars led 4-0 after six.

After a Gregor Blanco leadoff single in the seventh, Pablo Sandoval reached on an error by Galvis trying to catch a double-play toss from Carlos Asuaje. Joe Panik then singled to bring home Blanco and put the Giants on the board.

Franchy Cordero, playing in his third game since returning to the team after a rehab stint in El Paso (groin), hit his second home run of the year in the seventh, making it a 5-1 game, which the Padres bullpen would make stand up.

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Padres’ pitching gets the job done

Tyson Ross battled tonight. He went six strong innings (faced two batters in the seventh), allowing seven hits, all singles, striking out five and walking just one batter.

The one run that was charged to him was unearned.

Craig Stammen made all three outs in the seventh after coming in for Ross (including a wonderful double play to end the inning) and got through the eighth to keep his earned-run average spotless this season.

Kazuhisa Makita allowed two base hits to Blanco and Kelby Tomlinson after striking out Hunter Pence to lead off the ninth inning, bringing in Brad Hand to shut things down, which he promptly did.

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It only took Hand three pitches to induce a game-ending 6-6-3 double play. Padres win!

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