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Friars Rough Up Reds, Remain in Divisional Hunt While Controlling Wild Card 

The Padres took two of three from the Cincinnati Reds, taking control of the Wild Card spot and remaining just a half a game out of first place of the NL West. The Padres won the first series of their seven-game, season-ending home stand. They have four games left against the Chicago Cubs before finishing the season with three games in San Francisco. Here is a game by game analysis of their important series against the Reds.

September 24th, 2010 Padres 4 Reds 3

WP Luke Gregerson (4-7) 1.33IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K 0HR

LP Arthur Rhodes (4-4) .33IP 1H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K 0HR

S Heath Bell (44) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR

Miguel Tejada shined the spotlight after delivering a huge clutch hit, winning the game on a full-count, two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh to gib=ve the Friars the lead. Tejada knocked in three of four Padres runs in the game.

The win brought San Diego within a half game of both the San Francisco Giants for the division lead and the Atlanta Braves for the Wild Card. The Braves lost to the Nationals earlier while the Giants bested the Rockies.

Heath Bell earned his 44th save in 47 tries. He surrendered a leadoff single to Ryan Hanigan to bring up NL MVP candidate Joey Votto as a potential go ahead run. But Votto struck out and Bell retired the next two hitters for the win.

Ardolis Chapman threw a pitch recorde 105 mph on the radar gun, which set a MLB record. He threw 25 pitches, all over 102 mph.

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Lifelong Padres fan born in 1978 to two San Diegans but raised in Northern California. Aspiring artist in both traditional and digital art. Raising two children the only way I know, as San Diego Sports fans. If interested in commissioned art or prints, email me at jeremynashart@gmail.com.