Hours after the trade deadline the Padres still had a game to play against the Marlins in Miami. Uncertainty surrounded Ian Kennedy on Friday. One thing for sure, he was having a baby. Speculation of a trade that might send Kennedy to another team and the fact he was having a baby, both indicators he would not be getting the start on Friday night at Marlins Park.
After flight issues due to weather, Ian Kennedy took the mound. He pitched winning baseball, only surrendering a 1st-inning, 2-run homer to Christian Yelich. Kennedy pitched 7 strong innings in total. Padres starting pitching has failed to consistently go deep into ball games this season. Joaquin Benoit pitched a shutout 8th inning and Craig Kimbrel came in the 9th, just as you’d draw it up.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kimbrel gave up a solo home run to Derek Dietrich to tie the game at 3. Kimbrel recorded the next out but the home run marked only Kimbrel’s 2nd blow save this season (30 for 32). Funny enough, Padres are 2-0 in both blown saves.
Fast forward to the top of the 11th, Yonder Alonso was at the plate with bases loaded one-out, after a Will Venable lead-off single and walks to Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. Perfect opportunity for the Padres to bounce back. Miami closer AJ Ramos followed with a 3rd straight walk, forcing the go-ahead run in. Relief pitcher Andre Rienzo came in and followed with another walk to Derek Norris, an Alexi Amarista strikeout, and a Jedd Gyrko 2-run single.
Before you knew it, the score was 8-3 and Will Venable, who lead-off the inning, was at bat. He followed with an RBI single, his second hit in the inning. Brandon Maurer pitched the 10th for the win.
Many players thought to be on the trading block contributed to another big late inning win. Padres have now scored 7+ runs in their last 3 games after getting shutout against the Mets in their last loss. Next Up: Odrisamer Despaigne on the mound.
Padres offense has been productive in recent weeks. A few players, specifically Derek Norris, seem to be coming out of slumps. Derek started the game Friday night going 2/2, which put him at 7 for his previous 7 at the time. He also hit his first home run and RBI in over a calendar month on Thursday’s rain out day in New York.