Tuesday September 1, 2009
The San Diego Padres guaranteed their 3rd straight series win with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at Petco Park tonight.
The up and down Clayton Richard pitched a very nice game, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 over 6 2/3 innings for his 8th win of the season and 4th as a Padre. He is now 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in a Padres uniform.
Will Venable made a great defensive play in RF to save a run in the 6th and stroked an RBI single to drive in Kevin Kouzmanoff in the 2nd. Kouzmanoff went 1 for 4 with a double, a sac fly to drive n a run and a run scored. Oscar Salazar continued his hot hitting off the bench with a pinch hit solo home run in the 7th.
The key play for the Padres may have been a pick off of Elijah Dukes in the 7th. With the score 2-0 Richard picked Dukes off 1st base for the 2nd out. The next batter, Josh Bard, crushed a home run to LF. It would have been a tie game with 1 out, but for that pick off play.
With the win the Padres improved to 58-76 on the season and the Nationals fell to 48-87.