This homestand has become exactly what the Padres needed. Few predicted the team would win 2 of 3 from the powerful St Louis Cardinals, but they did. Some hoped they'd win 2 of 3 from the resurgent Washington Nationals, but they have. A quick series recap, in case you've been buried in barbeque this weekend:
- Friday, Clayton Richard gives up a 3-run HR to Josh Willingham which the Padres can't quite overcome. In the ninth, San Diego scores a run and loads the bases with no one out (down by two), but the rally fizzles.
- Saturday, Nationals second baseman Adam Kennedy can't quite pick up a ground ball in the hole off Adrian Gonzalez's bat. Chase Headley singles, and Nick Hundley homers to give the Padres an early 3-0 lead. They win 4-2.
- Sunday, the Padres survived two solo homers by budding Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman to take the game in extra innings. There another Kennedy error (again with two out, no less) let the Padres get the winning run to second, where rookie Lance Zawadzki singled him home.
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