Behind Lawrence, Padres 2 Reds 0

Padres Brian Lawrence Gets 2-0 Win

Sloppy play haunted the San Diego Padres all day on Sunday. This was a grandma's drive through the park and one has to wonder if certain players are not giving their all. It is amazing they came away with the victory for Brian Lawrence. The Friars also take the series with two shutouts in the three game set.

August 10th, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 2 13 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0

WP: Brian Lawrence (6-14) 6IP 6H 0ER 2BB 4K ERA: 4.55
LP: Danny Graves (4-13) 6IP 10H 2ER 1BB 3K ERA: 5.24

Rondell White was thrown out at the plate in the fourth. Gary Bennett motioned for White to slide, but White was late in his attempt and it cost him. Juan Castro made a beautiful relay throw to Kelley Stinnett and nabbed White in mid-slide. The problem was White was above the plate when he started his slide and would have been better off just running across the plate.

Sean Burroughs had lined a single to right fielder Brandon Larson. Larson hit his cutoff man Castro who relayed it quickly to Stinnett. White looked surprised that Bennett was even motioning to slide as he thought he had an easy run. Stinnett applied a beautiful tag on White and Brian Lawrence continues to get no run support.

Ramon Vasquez looked complacent most of the day. In the third he took his time fielding a grounder and pulled Ryan Klesko off the bag with his throw. In the fifth, Vasquez could not field a one hop throw from Phil Nevin who fielded a ball off the right field fence and delivered a nice throw trying to nab D'Angelo Jimenez. The ball was in time and had Vasquez caught it, he could have had Jimenez by a few inches.

After a walk to Barry Larkin, the sloppy play continued when Mark Kotsay lost a ball in the sun off the bat off Ruben Mateo. Ruled a single, it loaded the bases for Adam Dunn with one out. Lawrence struck Dunn out and with two away Larson topped a ball back to Lawrence who threw him out at first to end the threat and keep the score 0-0. Lawrence must think he has no luck at all as some of the craziest innings come when he is on the hill. Lawrence, who had not won since July 1st despite starting three separate times where he allowed three runs or fewer, got the win. Lawrence came into the game 1-1 against the Reds with a 5.71 ERA.

The Padres finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth. Using one-baggers the Friars got singles from Mark Loretta to lead off the inning, Phil Nevin who followed, and after Klesko struck out looking, White followed with a run scoring single. One out later, Bennett would knock in the last run, all off started Danny Graves.

Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his 16th save of the year. Beck remains perfect on save opportunities for the year.

Notes

Ryan Klesko has not hit a home run in over 50 at bats. The Padres have only given up two extra base hits in the series to the high powered Reds. The Padres win the series and get two shutouts during the three game stretch and the Friars have seven shutouts on the year. Five Padres had two hits or more on the day.

Up next:

The Padres will have Monday off and then play a three-game series in Atlanta, beginning on Tuesday. Right-handers Adam Eaton, Kevin Jarvis and Jake Peavy will get the starts for San Diego against right-handers Greg Maddux and Russ Ortiz on Tuesday and Thursday, and lefty Mike Hampton on Wednesday for the Braves.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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