A series split seems a lot like a series victory for the Padres, given that they were faced with a red-hot Pirates club that rolled into Petco Park with a seven-game win streak. San Diego was victorious on Sunday nonetheless, thanks to superb pitching and relentless offense during a 7-1 rout. Odrisamer Despaigne pitched eight quality innings to earn his third win of the season while also posting not only the longest starting performance of his career but the longest outing by a Padres starting pitcher this season.
San Diego got on the board early after Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the first inning. The Friars were able to tack on another run in the second after Derek Norris reach on an error, allowing Clint Barmes to score. Will Middlebrooks blasted a two-run homer in the third, then followed up with an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. On the season, the Padres now have 38 runs in the first inning to lead the National League.
Overall, four Padres players collected multihit games, including Norris, Barmes, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp. Barmes' third hit, a single which he collected in the fifth inning, was his 900th career hit. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by on Sunday: