Sometimes you get a little distracted when the game is during the work-day. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were toiling in the salt mines, followed by happy-hour drinking.
The Padres have been graceful hosts this week but didn’t want the Pirates to leave unscathed. Ian Kennedy allowed two singles and two walks in the first inning, but thanks to Rene Rivera cutting down recently recalled Felix Pie on an attempted steal of second, Kennedy escaped.
He and Pirate starter Garret Cole hooked up in a pretty good pitcher’s duel. Cole gave up two runs in his six innings thanks to aggressive Padre baserunning. Will Venable doubled leading off the third, took third on Chris Denorfia‘s slow roller up the 3B line and scored on Yonder Alonso‘s medium-deep fly to left for the Padres first run. Denorfia’s steal of second in the fifth inning was key, allowing him to score on Alonso’s single to left.
Kennedy went seven and tied his season high with 8 strikeouts. He also singled. Luke Gregerson made things interesting by allowing a run in the eighth without giving up a hit. Huston Street put a stranglehold on the game, retiring the side in order for his 24th save and preserving a 2-1 Padres win.
San Diego is off today before starting a 3-game set with the Chicago Cubs. Edwin Jackson vs. #EVHAU tomorrow. Bring a pillow and smelling salts to the game.
Kennedy dominates Bucs to take finale – Corey Brock (mlb.com)
Two up, two down: Padres 2, Pirates 1 – Dennis Lin (SDUT)
“We need our speed to come into play,” Black said, praising the baserunning of Venable and Denorfia. “That’s a part of our offense, and those two guys figure to be at the top of the list.” (Brock)
Stop. Bunting. #PPLive
— Nathan Veale (@The_NV) August 22, 2013
So say a Line drive off Alonso's glove rolls to Kennedy who throws to Gyrko to get Pie out trying for 2 would that be recorded 3.14? #PPLive
— David (@pointerdave) August 21, 2013
(kind of a slow day. Sorry)