National League Game Summary - Washington at San Diego|
(Sunday, May 19th)
Final Score: San Diego 13, Washington 4
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable, Kyle Blanks and Yonder Alonso
all hit homers and drove in two runs apiece as the San Diego Padres outslugged
the Washington Nationals, 13-4, in the finale of a four-game set at Petco
Everth Cabrera collected two hits and two RBI, Alonso scored three runs and
had three hits and Jedd Gyorko also drove in two for the Padres, who finished
with 15 hits.
Starter Andrew Cashner (3-2) cruised over 6 2/3 frames, allowing three runs on
seven hits while fanning six for San Diego, which has won four of its last
"Everyone is just doing their part," said Blanks. "Everyone is keeping the
line moving, when we're down everyone keeps fighting. It's one of those
feelings, regardless of what the score is, you feel like you're going to win."
Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and had three RBI and Adam LaRoche added an
RBI single for the Nationals, who have dropped six of their last nine. Dan
Haren (4-5) picked up the loss after yielding seven runs on nine hits over
Trailing 7-2 in the seventh, Washington added two runs to make it a game.
Zimmerman provided a two-out RBI single to right, scoring Denard Span
and LaRoche made it 7-4 with a run-scoring single up the middle after Joe
Thatcher replaced Tim Stauffer.
That was the closest the Nationals got, however, as San Diego once again took
control with five runs, all of which were charged to Washington reliever Ryan
"We didn't pitch very well," said Washington manager Davey Johnson. "We got
back in the ball game, but our reliable bullpen just didn't do it. Tough day."
Alonso singled and advanced to second on a balk. Things continued to get worse
for Mattheus, who issued consecutive walks to load the bases, and Nick Hundley
supplied a sac fly to make it 8-4.
San Diego continued to pound the Nationals' reliever, with the next three
batters brining in four runs. Alexi Amarista had an RBI single, Cabrera drove
in two with a single and Venable hit a RBI double to make it 12-4.
The Padres struck for three runs in the first off Haren, while their first
hitter, Cabrera, single handedly created an issue for the Washington starter.
Cabrera singled up the middle, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild
pitch, in between Venable's strike out. Haren issued a walk to Chase
Headley and followed by serving up an RBI double to Carlos Quentin to make it
1-0 San Diego. Alonso drove in another run with a sacrifice fly and Gyorko
rounded out the scoring with his own run-scoring two-bagger.
Washington finally found the scoreboard in the fourth. Steve Lombardozzi beat
out a slow-roller to third for an infield hit and Zimmerman came through with
a two-run bomb to left, pulling the Nationals within 3-2.
San Diego broke open the game in the fifth, eventually forcing Haren out of
Venable opened up the frame with his sixth homer of the year, a moon-shot down
the right-field line to make it 4-2. Haren looked to settle down, as he
retired the next two batters, though Alonso smacked a double with two down.
Gyorko brought him home with an RBI single to left and Blanks extended the
lead to 7-2 with a mammoth shot down the left-field line off of the Western
Metal Supply Company brick building.
Haren has faced the Padres 16 times (15 starts) in his career and is 5-4 ...
San Diego's 13 runs matched a season-high ... San Diego is 11-3 over its last
14 games at Petco Park ... Haren has dropped three straight starts against the
Padres ... LaRoche extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.
05/19 21:52:43 ET