Home sweep home.
The San Diego Padres finished off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Petco Park, slugging three home runs en route to a 6-4 victory. It was their first sweep of San Francisco since May, 2010, and extends their season-high winning streak to four.
Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, and Alexi Amarista all connected for long balls off Giants’ starter Ryan Vogelsong, who dropped to 1-2 by getting roughed up for six runs (one unearned) on eight hits in five frames.
“I’m just off, man. I can’t get anything really going,” he said.
The crowd of 33,722 was treated to a rare power display; coming in, the Padres had hit all of one home run in the last seven games.
Headley enjoyed a 3-for-3 day, slugging two doubles in addition to his second home run, a solo shot in the first over the center-field wall. Hundley launched a monster two-run blast deep into the left-field stands, his second, and Amarista also connected for a two-run shot, his first. The Padres knocked nine hits total, with the home runs offsetting their dismal 1-for-10 with RISP performance.
Jason Marquis turned in a quality start for the Friars: six and 2/3 innings, six hits, two runs. He evened out his record at 2-2. Luke Gregerson tossed his usual scoreless eighth, and Huston Street finished up for his 5th save.
It was the pivotal eighth inning that decided this one. Buster Posey connected for an opposite-field two-run blast that barely eluded a leaping Chris Denorfia in right-field, cutting the Padres’ lead to 6-4. With two outs and runners at second and third, Andres Torres lined a ball into right-center off Luke Gregerson that looked like nothing but trouble for the Padres.
Not on “Deno’s” watch. A spectacular diving grab of the sinking liner just inches off the ground ended the inning, saved two runs–and probably the game.
“I was mad I didn’t get the first one and then elated I got the second one,” Denorfia said.
At 9-15, San Diego has already been involved in five series sweeps, all in the division. Their record: 2-3. Can they compete in the NL West this season? Log in and sound off, we want to hear from you!
The Padres hit the road for a brief, four-game trip to Chicago to take on the Cubs. Game one is Monday at 5:05 PST as Clayton Richard continues his quest for his first win. He is 0-2, 7.94 so far, but 2-0 with a sparkling 0.57 ERA in his career vs the Cubs. Chicago sends Jeff Samardzija to the mound, with an ERA, 3.03, much better than his record, 1-4.
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