The San Diego Padres are not going to the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, but that doesn't mean that they can't interfere with the postseason plans of the San Francisco Giants. The Padres offense produced timely hits and Ian Kennedy pitched brilliantly, as the San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. The win gave San Diego a three-game sweep in the weekend series.
The game started as a pitcher's dual as Padres' starter Ian Kennedy set down the first nine Giant batters in order before Buster Posey hit an infield single in the fourth inning. Giants' starter Ryan Vogelsong was equally as brilliant, as he didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning -- a Seth Smith double. The double was Smith's 30th of the season.
After Smith's double, Rene Rivera followed with a single to left field to put runners on the corners for San Diego with no outs. The Padres scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Alexi Amarista. Vogelsong was able to get out of the fifth inning without any further damage.
The sixth inning was much different for Vogelsong, as he was done in by small ball. Yangervis Solarte led off the inning with a single, and Will Venable singled as well. Jedd Gyorko reached on a Pablo Sandoval error to give the Padres a prime scoring opportunity. Yasmani Grandal delivered a sacrifice fly and the Padres took a 2-0 lead.
San Diego broke the game open when Cameron Maybin delivered a clutch two-out single to center field that scored Jedd Gyorko and Seth Smith to give the Friars a 5-0 lead.
The offensive outburst was more than enough for Ian Kennedy as he held the Giants at bay for most of the afternoon. Kennedy pitched six shutout innings before allowing a two-run home run to Chris Dominguez -- the first of Domingues's Major League career. Kennedy got his 12th win of the season as he allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
The San Diego Padres will open up their final home series of the year against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.