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Padres Embrace Role of Spoiler, Broom Bucs in Petco. 

The San Diego Padres continued their dominance over the Pittsburgh Pirates, sweeping them at home while extending their win streak to four games. The Padres’ hurlers also held MVP candidate Andrew McCutcheon to just 3 hits in 15 at-bats, dropping his average five points to .349. The Friars have beaten the Bucs 18 out of their last 21 games.

Will Venable is the recipient of the Friarhood Player of the Series Award. The Padres left fielder went 7-12, scoring five runs while knocking in three. He also drew two walks to go along with his three doubles.

The Padres will take a day off on Thursday before heading to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks for a three game series starting Friday night. Below is a game by game recap of their series against the Pirates.

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Padres 3, Pirates 1

WP Edinson Volquez (8-9) 6.2IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 10K 0HR

LP Kevin Correia (9-8) 4.1IP 7H 3R 2ER 1BB 2K 0HR

S Dale Thayer (7) 1.0IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K 0HR

Edinson Volquez bounced back from to very bad starts with his best effort of the year. Volquez fanned 10 Pirates while walking only three pitching into the seventh.

The Padres Will Venable and Everth Cabrera led the Padres with two and three hits respectively. They each scored a run as well.

Cabrera led off the first with a double and then was driven in by Venable for an early San Diego lead. Venable then advanced to second on a wild pitch and then third on a groundout by Chase Headley. After Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch, Yasmani grounded out to second, scoring Venable for a 2-0 advantage.

Cameron Maybin scored from third on a single by Venable in the second to give the Padres a three run lead. Maybe had two hits in four at-bats, raising his average to .222.

Volquez surrendered a run in the sixth off a single by Neil Walker, scoring Andrew McCutcheon. McCutcheon reached base on a single before advancing to second on a throwing error by Chase Headley.

Brad Brach replaced Volquez in the sixth with two outs and runners on first and second after Volquez gave up a double and a walk. Brach struck out McCutcheon swinging to preserve the two run lead.

Luke Gregerson came into the game in the eighth and got himself out of a little jam as well; retiring Gaby Sanchez and Rod Barajas after surrendering two base runners with one out.

Dale Thayer pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.



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