Starter Ian Kennedy hit a momentous milestone in Thursday night's contest against the Pirates, recording the 1,000th strikeout of his career with a punchout of A.J. Burnett in the second inning. Unfortunately for Kennedy, that strikeout would stand as his only highlight on the evening as his early struggles against the Bucs would result in an 11-5 loss for the hometown Friars. Kennedy ultimately surrendered seven earned runs on seven hits and three homeruns over 3 2/3 innings pitched.
A silver lining from the evening could be found in the resiliency of the Padres' offense, which scored four runs after facing an early 7-0 deficit. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks continued his torrid hot streak after going 3-for-4 on the evening with an RBI single and a run scored. Outfielder Justin Upton also recorded an RBI and a multihit game for San Diego while Spangenberg contributed with an RBI single of his own. While the Padres' offense managed to scratch five runs across the board against the Pirates starter who owned the lowest ERA in the National League prior to the start of Thursday's game, the early pitching deficit was too much for San Diego to overcome as the Bucs took Game 1.