Ken Harrison 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10
Padres sweep Orioles in short series
The San Diego Padres got their offense in gear and completed a two-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles
It all boils down to either hitting or pitching, and the Padres are often lacking either one or the other. Not on Wednesday, when they busted loose with 17 hits and the pitching was adequate and the Padres downed the Baltimore Orioles, 8-4.
Everyone in the lineup got at least one hit. Everth Cabrera had four of them, Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista had three each, with Amarista and Kyle Blanks going yard. Little Alexi is ahead of big Kyle in that department, oddly enough.
Jason Marquis went five innings to get the win, giving up just two runs on seven hits with four walks, but the smart veteran did enough to let the bull pen carry the offense. Dale Thayer, Joe Thatcher, Anthony Bass, and Huston Street combined to hold the Orioles back for the last four innings.
But the story of this game was how well the Padres offense performed. Orioles starter Freddy Garcia started the year in the Padres camp in spring, and was cut loose and then signed with Baltimore, and the Padres lit him up in Camden Yards on Wednesday.
Garcia gave up four runs on seven hits with a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings, and the Orioles relief pitching couldn’t manage to shut the door after that. Baltimore managed eleven hits against Padres pitching, but could never overcome the runs the Padres put up.
With the Padres, it’s a streaky ordeal. They were swept at Tampa Bay, and then they turn around and take both games against Baltimore, a better team than the Rays are at the moment.
With the win, the Padres find themselves once again within three games of the elusive .500 mark. And they get to fly back to San Diego for some home cooking. But they face two hungry clubs in the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals, so it won’t be an easy feast for the Friars.
Nothing official from the Public Relations Department of the Padres, but Yasmani Grandal is reported to be headed to AAA Tucson. Grandal is now ten games away from finishing his suspension for being caught using performance enhancing drugs. Manager Buddy Black has said previously that there are no plans to carry three catchers on the 25-man roster. So, feel free to speculate away on what happens in ten days. Odds are that one catcher won’t be with the club at the end of the month.
Thursday, the Padres open a four game series entertaining the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will parade San Diego State University alum Stephen Strasburg (1-5, 3.10) to the mound, to face the Padres Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.15). Game time is 7:10 PM PDST, on radio 1090 AM and on television where you can get Fox Sports San Diego.