Whereas Friday night's contest featured an offensive showcase with three Padres home runs, the Friars used effective small ball on Saturday to secure their second straight victory over the Fish and secure a series split against Miami.
Saturday's victory over Miami began with Ian Kennedy posting a solid quality start that kept the Marlins' bats guessing all night long. Kennedy delivered six-plus innings of one-run baseball after surrendering only one earned run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk. The only run Kennedy surrendered last night came by way of a solo home run he gave up in the seventh inning, but beyond that no damage was done.
The Padres bullpen once again combined for a solid outing as well as Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel deliver three innings of shutout baseball while surrendering only one hit and striking out two along the way. Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning, collecting his 28th save of the season while also converting his second straight save in a row.
Meanwhile, the Padres offense looked sharp as they went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position and pounded out eight hits to score three runs. Matt Kemp continued his torrid stretch of games after reaching base safely four times last night, going 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks. Yonder Alonso opened the scoring with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning while Will Venable and Melvin Upton Jr. each collected RBI singles to extend the Padres lead. Those two additional runs, which were manufactured with solid execution and sacrifice on the parts of others in the starting lineup, would be all San Diego needed to topple the Marlins and guarantee at least a series split.
Sunday will mark the conclusion of the Padres four-game series with the Marlins as Odrisamer Despaigne takes the hill opposite of former Padres pitcher Mat Latos. In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Saturday:
Padres postgame recap: Three Padres drive in runs to beat Marlins
Alonso's sacrifice fly in the 1st puts the Padres on the board
Venable drives in Kennedy to put the Friars up 2-0 in the 2nd
Melvin Upton's pinch-hit RBI single gives the Padres a 3-1 lead
Alonso makes a fantastic diving stop to give Kimbrel his 28th save of the year
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Friar Forecast: Righties Latos, Despaigne square off in finale
Sunday's pitching matchup: Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 4.98 ERA) vs. Mat Latos (4-6, 4.48 ERA