For starting pitcher James Shields and the Padres, getting swept by the Dodgers was absolutely not an option on Sunday as the team broke out in a big way to beat Los Angeles by a score of 11-3 at Chavez Ravine. One day after collecting only one hit in a shutout, the swinging Friars came out and erased any memory of their offensive woes by pounding out 11 runs on 20 hits in the series finale.
Outfielder Justin Upton opened the scoring for the Padres early by hitting a towering grand slam into left-center field in the top of the first, collecting the first four of his six total RBIs on the day. The Padres would go on to add four more runs in the second, thanks to a two-run single by Derek Norris and another pair of RBI courtesy of a Justin Upton double. A few more runs would come in thanks to Will Middlerbooks' solo home run, Alexi Amarista's sacrifice fly and an RBI single off the bat of Abraham Almonte. The 11 runs of support generated by the Padres offense would prove to be more than enough for Shields who went on to improve his record to 6-0 thanks to seven strong innings with seven strikeouts on the day. Shields also increased his strikeout total on the season to a now Major League-leading 82 total punchouts.
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