Friars bats come alive: San Diego clobber Zito, Giants to snap skid
The usually punchless Padres suddenly exploded, with Guzman drawing first blood by igniting a three-run homer in the first inning off the previously unstoppable Giants ace Barry Zito. The Padres then opened up the game in the third frame with Guzman adding an RBI single and Hudson smacking his three-run homer to put San Diego in front, 7-0.
San Diego, CA, United States
July 17, 2011 07:42 am EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - National League
The San Diego Padres, owners of the NL’s worst offense, erupted for 11 runs behind 3-run homers from Jesus Guzman and Orlando Hudson to post an 11-3 demolition of the San Francisco Giants in the third test of a four-game set from Petco Park Saturday night.
The usually punchless Padres suddenly exploded, with Guzman drawing first blood by igniting a three-run homer in the first inning off the previously stellar Giants ace Barry Zito.
Guzman then gave the Friars a 4-0 edge with an RBI single in the third before Hudson added his own three-run blast in the inning to put San Diego in front, 7-0.
Rob Johnson singled in two runs, while Jason Barlett collected three hits and scored thrice as the Padres snap a season-high seven-game losing streak.
It marked the first time since May that multiple homers were recorded by San Diego in a single tilt. The Padres entered Saturday’s contest, having scored just five runs in their last 65 innings.
San Diego’s rookie pitcher Cory Luebke (3-3) also stepped up as he outdueled former Cy Young Award winner Zito in a rematch by allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five in seven effective innings.
In their last face-off, Luebke lost a 2-1 decision to Zito and the Giants last week.
Zito, who entered the tilt at 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts, was evicted from the mound after 3 2-3 innings. The Giants’ left-hander was charged with eight runs on seven hits, while striking out three and issuing four walks.
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