Padres get it done. Now they can focus on tomorrow's game. Philadelphia routed Atlanta, so the Padres gain ground in both races.
Nice to see Ryan Ludwick packed his big bat for this series, even if he struck out 3 times following his second inning HR. Nice to see the Padres jump all over Matt Cain early to take the crowd out of the game for most of it; they re-appeared in the sixth when San Fran scored 3 to get back in the game, but we were into the strength of our bullpen by that point.
Adrian Gonzalez had a rare bad game with the glove, but I can live with that, especially considering he tattooed a ball for the 3-run HR in the fourth. Didn't hurt. Meant Bell had to face the heart of the Giant order in the ninth, but Sanchez sucked the wind out of that inning.
Some noise was made pre-game about Giant manager Bruce Bochy moving Cain up to Friday so they could clinch and get it over with. Perhaps there was another reason:
- Matt Cain 2010 splits:
- Day Games - 73.1 IP, 7 HR, 3-4, 3.31 ERA
- Night Games - 146 IP, 12 HR, 10-6, 2.77 ERA
- Barry Zito 2010 splits:
- Day Games - 43 IP, 6 HR, 2-2, 3.77 ERA
- Night Games - 153.1 IP, 14 HR, 7-11, 4.17 ERA
Padre prospects for making the playoffs are noticeably brighter now than they were 24 hours ago. This team can beat Zito. Then it's a one-game playoff against 'Big Mouth' Sanchez for all the marbles. Should Philly sweep Atlanta, and the Padres pull off the improbable, there is no playoff, San Diego wins the division, and San Francisco draws Philly in the NLDS.
Wouldn't that be sweet.