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Padres 6 Nationals 2... San Diego Sweeps Washington In DC, Padres All But Eliminated From Strasburg Cup.



Washington Swept In Three Straight By San Diego...

By the time I turned the game on this afternoon, the Washington Nationals were already trailing 2-0 to San Diego as the Padres had put two up on DC starter Odalis Perez in the top of the first. Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled for the third straight Padres' hit of the opening frame, knocking in the Gonzalez Brothers, Edgar who hit a one-out single, and Adrian, who doubled his brother over to third and scored right behind him on Kouzmanoff's RBI blast.

Odalis Perez would go on to throw four scoreless innings after the first, with the only other run he surrendered today coming on a solo shot by Adrian Gonzalez to start the Padres' sixth, after which Perez would strike out the next three batters, the last two looking, in what will be "Opening Night" Odalis Perez's final inning on the mound in DC this season. 

The Padres' right-hander Cha Seung Baek held the Nationals to 5 hits and 1 run through 7.0 innings pitched, with the one run allowed coming on a solo HR Ryan Zimmerman sent to the opposite field with two down in the sixth. San Diego reliever BIG Heath Bell gave up the only other run Washington was able to score when Zimmerman singled in Ryan Langerhans in the eighth, but by then the Padres were already comfortably ahead, following RBI's hits by Kouzmanoff, Chase Headley and Nick Hundley in the top of the frame, which had SD up 6-1 over DC before Zim's RBI hit made it 6-2. 

The Numbers...

Ryan Zimmerman's HR in the sixth was his first hit of the season, and his first since September 9th in Atlanta, giving Zim four for the month, 13 on the season, with the two RBI's giving him 49 in 104 games played...Wil Nieves' 5th inning triple was the second of his career, and first since 2002, when Nieves had 1 in 72 at bats as a Padre...Odalis Perez takes the loss and drops to (L, 7-11) with a 4.27 ERA in '08. Saul Rivera gave up a run in 1.0 inning of relief, and has now surrendered 8 runs (7 earned) in 8.1 IP in September. Final score, 6-2 Padres. 

For The Completists, Full Half-Game Report After The Jump...(currenty unedited)

Nationals now 58-98. (Countdown To 100 Losses Stands At...2.)


2-0 to San Diego when I turn on the game. Padres score two off DC starter Odalis Perez in the top of the first. Kevin Kouzmanoff doubles for the third straight Padres' hit of the opening frame, knocking in the Gonzalez Brothers, Edgar who hit a one-out single, and Adrian, who doubled his brother over to third and scored right behind him on Kouzmanoff's RBI blast...


...Wil Nieves lines to right, and today’s Padres’ right fielder Chip Ambres misjudges the fly, and his dive, and let’s it roll to the wall for a triple before the Padres' starter Baek strikes out the DC pitcher, Odalis Perez, to end the frame. 2-0 Padres after five. 


Adrian Gonzalez leads off the sixth against Odalis Perez, and after an 0-2 pitch is called outside, in spite of DC backstop Wil Nieves’ protests, and on the next pitch Gonzalez takes a low inside fastball and blasts it out to right and GONE!! Solo shot for Gonzalez, 3-0 Padres. Kevin Kouzmanoff K’s swinging through a high change. Chase Headley stares at strike three. Chip Ambres is the third victim, this time it’s a slider as Perez strikes out the side...Anderson Hernandez K’s swinging. Willie Harris flies out to Will Venable in center. Ryan Zimmer- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! Ryan Zimmerman goes opposite field and GONE!! Over the out-of-town scoreboard and into the stands! 3-1 Padres. Milledge lines out to end the sixth. 


Garrett Mock bends two curves in a row in on Nick Hundley for a backwards K to start the seventh. Sean Kazmar singles to center and advances on Baek’s bunt. Alberto Gonzalez tracks down Will Venable's sliced fly to left...Stand Up and Stretch...Elijah Dukes gets as far as the warning track with a fly ball to right center. Kory Casto flies out to right, Alberto Gonalez drives the third out to Chip Ambres, 3-1 Padres after eight. 


Garrett Mock’s back for the eighth, Ryan Zimmerman fields a grounder and throws wide of first, Casto makes the catch and tags the runner, Edgar Gonzalez, but the Ump says he’s safe...(He wasn’t)...Adrian Gonzalez lets Mock walk him. Nationals’ Manager Manny Acta turns to the pen. Kevin Kouzmanoff drills a double into the corner in right, one run scores, 4-1 Padres. Chase Headley rips a line drive over the infield, Adrian Gonzalez scores, 5-1 San Diego. Drew Macias gets a pinch hit chance, and strikes out swinging. flies out to right, Elijah Dukes makes the grab, but doesn’t throw home, (forgetting how many outs there are), 6-1 Padres. Kazmar gorunds out to end the top of the frame...Heath Bell to pitch for the Padres in the eighth. Cristian Guzman grounds out to second. Pinch hitter Ryan Langerhans singles in a pinch hit appearance, lining to right. Anderson Hernandez stares at a called strike three. Willie Harris drives a single over short to put two on for Zimmerman. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! Ryan Zimmerman sneaks a single under the diving shortstop, Langerhans scores, 6-2 San Diego. Lastings Milledge rips a line drive to right, Macias, who's now in right, grabs it, 6-2 after eight. 


Jesus “Everyday” Colome vs Matt Antonelli. Antonelli tips stike three into Luke Montz’s glove. Will Venable pops out to Zimmerman foul of third. Colome throws a two-strike heater by Edgar Gonzalez...Three outs to get four runs of Padres’ reliever Cla Meredith. Dukes K’s swinging. Kory Casto grounds to short, Sean Kazmar throws to first for the second out. Alberto Gonzalez grounds out to end it. Padres win. 6-2 final. 


Nationals now 58-98. (Countdown To 100 Losses Stands At...2.)