Monday, May 11, 2015

George bracket: Padres (09) defeat Padres (69) in seven games

Game One: 09 Padres 6, 69 Padres 0
WP: Correia (1-0)
LP: J Niekro (0-1)
HR: Headley (1)

Game Two: 69 Padres 3, 09 Padres 0
WP: Kirby (1-0)
LP: C Young (0-1)
Save: Baldschun (1)
HR: Colbert (1)

Game Three: 09 Padres 4, 69 Padres 3
WP: Gaudin (1-0)
LP: Santorini (0-1)
Save: H Bell (1)

Game Four: 09 Padres 4, 69 Padres 0
WP: Latos (1-0)
LP: D Kelley (0-1)
HR: Eckstein (1)

Game Five: 69 Padres 4, 09 Padres 3
WP: J Niekro (1-1)
LP: Correia (1-1)
Save: Reberger (1)
HR: N Hundley (1), Spiezio (1), Ferrara (1)

Game Six: 69 Padres 5, 09 Padres 3
WP: Kirby (2-0)
LP: Stauffer (0-1)
Save: Reberger (2)
HR: Colbert (2), N Hundley (2), Ferrara (2), Spiezio (2)

Game Seven: 09 Padres 3, 69 Padres 0
WP: Gaudin (2-0)
LP: Santorini (0-2)
Save: H Bell (2)
HR: A Gonzalez (1)

The shutout ruled in this series. The 2009 Padres threw three shutouts at the 1969 Padres, who recorded one themselves.

Kevin Correia set the tone in the opener with a five-hitter. He walked one and struck out seven. Joe Niekro was burned for three unearned runs in the third inning, but he also allowed two earned runs. Chase Headley gathered three RBIs, and David Eckstein scored twice.

Clay Kirby, with relief help from Billy McCool and Jack Baldschun, returned the favor in Game Two. Kirby allowed four hits and two walks in seven innings while pitching around a pair of errors. His hitters put together a two-run inning on four straight scratch singles in the second against Chris Young, and Nate Colbert bashed a no-questions homer in the third.

The series moved from 2009's Petco Park to 1969's Jack Murphy Stadium for Game Three. The visitors scratched out four one-run innings in the first six against Al Santorini, with two of the runs unearned. (The innings involved two sac bunts, two sac flies and two defensive errors.) The home team broke out in the sixth against Chad Gaudin for three runs, but could do nothing in the final three frames against the 2009 bullpen.

Mat Latos dominated Game Four with a two-hit shutout. He walked four but got a double-play ball and a caught stealing, so he faced only four batters over the minimum. David Eckstein hit an unlikely three-run homer off Dick Kelley in the second inning, and Evereth Cabrera had three hits, including a double and a triple.

Niekro yielded a pair of runs in the top of the first inning of Game Five, but Ed Spiezo countered with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Nick Hundley tied it in the fourth with a solo shot, but Al Ferrara countered with a solo homer in the sixth. That concluded the scoring.

Back in Petco, Kirby tossed another gem in Game Six, going seven innings and allowing just one run (he walked four men in the fourth inning). Colbert, Spiezio and Ferrara each homered as the 69 team built a 5-1 lead. Johnny Podres gave up a two-run homer to Hundley in the ninth to narrow the margin and set up a save opportunity for Frank Reberger.

Game Seven was essentially decided quickly. In the bottom of the first, Eckstein singled and Adrian Gonzalez homered. One out later, Headley singled and scored on a double by Max Venable. Santorini settled after that, allowing just four more baserunners in his seven innings, but Gaudin allowed just five hits in seven innings. Luck Gregorson and Heath Bell finished off the 2009 team's third whitewashing of the series.

Co-players of the series: Clay Kirby of the 69 Padres allowed one run in 14 innings for his two wins; Chad Gaudin allowed three runs in 13 innings and won the decisive seventh game. They share the honor.

Player availability: The bullpen will be rested and ready for the second round. The rotation will be largely madeover.

Projected rotation: Correia-Jake Peavy-Gaudin-Clayton Richards-(Correia)-(Stauffer)-(Gaudin)

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