Petco Park was messing with both teams until Ryan Ludwick
squared up just enough to drive a ball through the cool spring air
and into the first row in left-center field.
Ludwick’s second homer of the night, a 2-run shot with one out
in the 13th inning, lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win
against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
”In most parks that’s 20 rows deep,” said Ludwick, who was
hitting just .184 coming in. ”This park plays crazy at night. When
I hit it, I didn’t honestly know if it would get out. I’m just glad
to win. Early this year we’ve had some tough losses, and hopefully
this turns it around.”
The Padres were coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the
Philadelphia Phillies in which they scored just three runs.
”Hopefully it creates momentum but we have to come out tomorrow
again and play as consistent a game as we did today,” manager Bud
Ludwick’s winning shot, his fourth of the year, came on an 0-1
pitch from Cristhian Martinez (0-2). Left fielder Martin Prado
jumped for it, but it reached the seats. It was the fourth
game-winning homer of Ludwick’s career.
Nick Hundley, who tied the game with an RBI double in the
seventh, was aboard on a one-out walk.
Cory Luebke (1-1) pitched two innings.
Chipper Jones hit his 500th career double leading off the 12th
and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Hicks. Brian McCann hit a
dribbler back to Luebke, who threw out Hicks trying to take third.
Dan Uggla singled to put runners on first and second before Freddie
Freeman and Alex Gonzalez struck out.
”We didn’t have a lot of hits but we were efficient,” Jones
said. We still had some chances late, but they didn’t go our way.
We had some plays that went against us. But you have to give them
Going into that inning, the Padres had retired 19 of 20 batters
since Braves starter Derek Lowe hit an RBI single with two outs in
Atlanta’s Nate McLouth singled leading off the 13th. Once again
the Padres erased the lead runner when Luebke fielded Martinez’s
bunt and forced McLouth at second. Right fielder Chris Denorfia
made a spectacular, diving, rolling catch of Martin Prado’s fly
ball, then got up and doubled Martinez off first to end the
”We had a couple of chances,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez
said. It’s hard to score runs from them.”
Hundley hit an RBI double off former Padres reliever Scott
Linebrink with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 3. It
brought in Cameron Maybin, who opened the inning by walking off
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward homered on Dustin Moseley’s fifth pitch
of the game, an opposite-field solo shot to left with one out in
The Padres hadn’t scored a run in Moseley’s previous four starts
while he was in the game. They finally snapped that streak when
Will Venable’s tying groundout brought in Orlando Hudson, who hit a
leadoff single and advanced on Brad Hawpe’s double to left.
Ludwick then gave the Padres a 2-1 lead when he homered to left
with two outs in the third, his third.
Atlanta came back in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Freeman doubled
down the right-field line with one out and scored on Gonzalez’s
single up the middle. With two outs, Lowe singled up the middle to
bring in Gonzalez.
Lowe allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out
eight and walked three. In his last start, he went only three
innings in a 6-1 loss at Los Angeles, allowing five earned runs on
Moseley allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck
out two and walked none. His ERA rose from 1.40 to 1.99.
NOTES: Sidearmer Cory Gearrin made his major league debut by
pitching two perfect innings for the Braves. He was recalled Friday
from Triple-A Gwinnett. … The Padres recalled RH reliever Evan
Scribner from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LH Wade LeBlanc to the
same Tucson club. … LeBlanc was recalled from Tucson on Sunday to
start against Philadelphia. He took the loss.