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Friars’ Bats Come To Life On Sunday To Avoid Opening Series Sweep 

The Padres got their first victory of the young 2012 season by defeating the rival Dodgers 8-4 on Easter Sunday, avoiding the sweep. The victory was a nice change of pace from the previous three games. Which were full of errors and runners left on base. Below is a recap of the opening series versus the hated Dodgers.

Thursday April 5th, 2012 Dodgers 5 Padres 3

WP Josh Lindblom (1-0) 2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR

LP Edinson Volquez (0-1) 5IP 3H 3R 2ER 4BB 7K 0HR

S Javy Guerra (1) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR

Opening Day was moving along nicely, with both starters blowing through all position players before giving up their first hits to their counterparts. The Padres were unable to capitalize in the third after number three hitter Chase Headley struck out looking with the bases loaded for the final out.

The next inning saw Edinson Volquez walk in two runs to give the Dodgers an early lead.

Clayton Kershaw then exited the game w/ the flu, but the Padres were unable to capitalize. The Dodgers added another run when Dee Gordon lifted a ball to centerfield that was dropped by a retreating Cameron Maybin. Gordon wound up on third on the error and scored two batters later on an error by Jason Bartlett.

Jesus Guzman broke up the shutout with a two-out double in the 6th, making it 3-1. But the Brad Brach gave up a double and then a home run to Matt Kemp to let the lead balloon back up to four.

That proved to be the difference because Cam Maybin hit a rocket 445 off the Western Meal Supply Building cutting the lead to two. But they would score no more, losing the opener 5-3.

Friday April 6th, 2012 Dodgers 6 Padres 0

WP Chad Billingsley (1-0) 8.1IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 11K 0HR

LP Corey Luebke (0-1) 4.2IP 9H 6R 5ER 1BB 6K 0HR

Good Friday was not so great for the Friars as they were swept for the first time in 2012, 6-0 by the Dodgers. Cory Luebke pitched ineffectively over four and two-third innings, responsible for all six runs scored. The Padres also gave up two errors in the third, totaling five in their first two games.

The offense wasn



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