Recent acquisition Ryan Ludwick had been just 5-28 as a Padre. He had no homers even though seven of his first eight games were played outside of Petco Park. That changed as he belted two solo homers in a Padres win.
After the Pirates left Pedro Alvarez at third with one out in the second, Ludwick led off the home half of the second with a dinger. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc connected on a two out single off Jeff Karstens that scored Yorvit Torrealba to make it 2-0. Andrew McCutchen threw out Chris Denorfia at third on the play, ending the inning. After that, Karstens retired the next 12 Padres in order.
Alvarez came through with a two out single of his own in the top of the third to cut the lead to 2-1. It would get no closer. After Delwyn Young's single pinch hitting for Karstens was w...
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