Monday, March 31, 2014

Padres Win Opener With Clutch Comeback

The Padres have often talked about the importance of getting off to a good start in the first month of the season. So far, so good.

The Padres scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, for a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the first inning, the Padres had a chance to take the early lead, when they loaded the bases with only one out. However, Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso grounded into a double play, which ended the rally. San Diego also had two men on in the second inning, but they failed to capitalize.

Andrew Cashner got the start for San Diego, and looked like the ace the Padres hope he can be. Cashner gave up just one run in his six innings of work. The Dodgers scored their only run off of Cashner in the fifth inning on a Carl Crawford RBI single.

The Padres trailed 1-0 in the eighth inning, when offseason acquisition Seth Smith stepped to the plate. Smith pounded a Brian Wilson slider into the right field stands to tie the score. Later in the inning, Chris Denorfia lined a two-run single up the middle to give the Padres the lead for good. All three runs were scored off of Brian Wilson, who took the loss for Los Angeles.

Huston Street pitched a spotless ninth for the Padres, picking up the save. Dale Thayer got the win for the Paders in relief.

The Padres have an off-day tomorrow, before returning to take on the Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon.

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