The Washington Nationals scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and went onto beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 at Petco Park in San Diego. The Padres lost three of the four games against the Nationals. The Padres went on a rare offensive explosion on Thursday defeating the Washington 7-3. The Nationals have allowed a little over four runs a game on the road this season, so playing the Padres was just what the doctor ordered. The game was watched by about 20,000, which has to be disappointing considering it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in San Diego as the fans seem to be showing their displeasure with the lack of offensive production by the Padres.
Let’s review the exciting Padres weekend. On Friday they managed four hits and scored one run losing 2-1. Mat Latos lost again as his record drop to 4-7. The only run that San Diego could muster was not even on a hit, as Ryan Ludwig drew a walk with the bases loaded to get the only San Diego run of the night. Ludwig has been one of the hottest hitters in the majors since May 11, the one bright spot on the Padre roster. Michael Morse launched a two run homer in the second that would be all the runs they would need against an anemic Padre offense. The recently called up Anthony Rizzo had a chance to be the hero, but struck out with the bases loaded.
On Saturday, Washington scored 2 runs in the first inning and held on to win 2-1. Danny Espinoza’s RBI double and Wilson Ramos run-scoring single were responsible for the Nationals scoring. Anthony Rizzo home-run in the second inning was the only run San Diego scored. The Nationals who have the worst road record in the NL, 15-24, won back to back games for the first time since early May; it was also the first time they have won consecutive games in San Diego since September, 1999, when the franchise was in Montreal, they probably wished they could play another four games.
Finally, on Sunday Washington scored two runs in the ninth inning and shut out San Diego 2-0, it was the second game of the week that San Diego closer Heath Bell failed to get the job done as he allowed Colorado to score two runs in the ninth on Wednesday. With the bases loaded Danny Espinoza long sacrifice fly to right field allowed Brian Bixler to score from third. Espinoza would have probably cleared the bases; however, Chris Denorfia made a leaping catch against the fence to keep the Padres hopes alive. Washington’s next batter Larry Nix singled to right and Alex Cora scored to make it 2-0, and on the same play Jason Werth tried to score from second, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. San Diego was unable to score any runs in the bottom of the ninth, and Washington finished their longest road trip of the season at 6-5. San Diego finisher their home stand at 5-6, they now go on the road starting in Colorado. It was the 11th time the Padres have been shutout this year, which is tops in all of baseball, a stat the Padres wish they did not lead. San Diego scored an embarrassing 2 runs in the last 30 innings against Washington.
San Diego has the worst home record in the NL at 14-26. …San Diego fans continue to stay away as their biggest crowd for the four game series was 25,027, the lowest 16,464.
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Written by Kevin Kelly