Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Padres-Giants: Hundley, Hairston Homer in Padres' win

The Padres have a winning streak, yes you heard me right. The San Diego Padres won their fourth straight as they took down Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.

San Diego got solo home runs from Scott Hairston, his fifth, and Nick Hundley, his third and got a good pitching effort from Chis Young who gave up just one run though six innings, striking out six and walking three. Heath Bell closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save in 10 chances.

Coming into the game, the Padres were coming off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds and were looking to keep that win streak alive. Scott Hairston got things off to a good start as he drove a Barry Zito fastball into the second deck in left center field at Petco Park to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.

Hundley would add on in the very next inning, hitting a two out home run to center to give the Padres a 2-0 cushion.

Young did his job, keeping the Giants off the scoreboard until the top half of the sixth inning when the Giants did get their first and only run of the game when Emmanuel Burriss grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Fred Lewis.

The Giants weren't putting up runs thanks to a lack of opportunities, because they had they're chances to score.

In the first, Eugenio Valez singled to lead off the first and would steal second but Kevin Frandsen and Pablo Sandoval flied out and Benjie Molina popped out to second to end the inning.

In the second, Randy Winn doubled to lead off the inning, one of his three hits on the day, but Chris Young got Fred Lewis and Rich Aurilia to strike out swinging and finished the inning on a groundout from Emmanual Burriss.

With one out in the third, Eugenio Velez would single and move to second after Kevin Frandsen would be hit by a pitch but Paul Sandoval and Benjie Molina both flew out to end yet another threat.

The Giants had their chances again in the fourth. Randy Winn led off with a single, he would steal second and advance to third on a line out to deep right from Fred Lewis. Chris Young got Rich Aurilia swinging for the second time in the game and would then walk Emmanuel Burriss to face pitcher Barry Zito who Young struck out looking.

So, for four straight innings, the Giants had a runner on second with one out or less and could not push across a single run against the Padres' right hander.

With the win, and a much needed win, Young moves to 3-2 on the year and drops his ERA from 5.56 to 5.07.

The two teams will be back at it again tonight from Petco Park. San Diego will have right hander Chad Gaudin (0-4, 4.91) on the hill against Giants' left hander Jonathan Sanchez (1-3, 5.06).

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