It's not every day that you have somebody from the visiting team throw out both the first pitch and the last pitch of a game in a Major League stadium, as the first pitch is typically reserved for somebody from the home team. The Padres, however, were fortunate enough to do just that on Tuesday as the Friars' award-winning TV broadcaster Dick Enberg threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Angel Stadium, while closer Craig Kimbrel shut the door with the last pitch of a 4-0 San Diego victory. Following a scoreless tie that stretched into extra innings in Anaheim, the Friars came out thanks to a handful of clutch moments on the field and at the plate.
Odrisamer Despaigne pitched wonderfully in Tuesday's start, throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five and surrendering only five hits. Despaigne's fourth strikeout of the ballgame marked the 400th strikeout on the season by the Padres' pitching staff, setting a new franchise record for fewest games (47) to hit that mark in a single season. The previous record of 51 games was set last season.
Matt Kemp's three-run double in the 10th inning opened the door for the Padres and also represented the first runs scored in the ball game, coming roughly three hours after the first pitch. Catcher Derek Norris proceeded to drive in Kemp to pad San Diego's lead, but the clutch knock by Kemp would prove to be all that was needed as the Friars took Game 2 in Anaheim.
In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by on Tuesday: