Game 98: Padres Use Big Inning to Sweep

I’m a believer San Diego is for real. They swept the Pirates, which doesn’t put them in company all that exclusive. But they did it in an impressive fashion.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a two run homer to Ronny Cedeno in the second. But the Padres offense exploded for five tallies in the third inning. San Diego batted around. Chris Denorfia hit a two run double and Adrian Gonzalez hit a two run homer. Will Venable later singled later in the inning.

That was all LeBlanc needed. He gave up an RBI single to his counterpart Brad Lincoln in the fourth, but the Pirates would get no more. Denorfia’s solo homer in the 7th chased Lincoln from the game and was the final run of the night.

LeBlanc gave up eight hits and three runs over six innings. Lincoln went 6-1/3 and gave up six runs on eight hits. San Diego’s bullpen tossed three scoreless innings, with Heath Bell getting the save.

The Good
Welcome back Andrew McCutchen. He went 1-4 after missing six games with a banged up shoulder.

Jose Tabata had a pair of hits.

Cedeno doubled, homered, drove home two and scored twice.

The Bad
Getting swept at home.

The Rest
LeBlanc’s mark against Pittsburgh coming into this game was 0-1. This was Lincoln’s first outing against the Friars. He was optioned back to Indy after the game.

This was Denorfia’s second career three RBI game.

Bucs are 30 games under .500 at 34-64. Bucs were 43-55 at this point in 2009.

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