Padres A Hit in 14-4 Victory

Padres Burroughs left the game in the 7th

The San Diego Padres got on the board quickly in the top half of the first in Atlanta. Three runs in the first off Greg Maddux and 13 hits through five innings chased Maddox from the game. The Padres would tie the franchise record for hits with 24 and go on to win 14-4.

August 12th, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 7 14 24 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 2

WP: Adam Eaton (7-8) 5IP 6H 4ER 1BB 5K ERA: 4.25
LP: Greg Maddux (11-9) 5IP 13H 5ER 1BB 2K ERA: 4.38

In that first inning, Ramon Vasquez led off with a single, Mark Kotsay doubled, and Mark Loretta grounded out, scoring the first run while Kotsay moved over to third. Phil Nevin then reached on an infield single, scoring Kotsay. After Ryan Klesko singled to right, Rondell White continued the hit barrage of Greg Maddox with a single of his own, scoring Nevin and putting the Padres up 3-0. The Friars had six hits in the inning, batted around, and gave starting pitcher Adam Eaton a nice cushion to start the game with.

After a walk by Greg Maddox to Ramon Vasquez, Mark Loretta, 8-19 in his career versus Maddox, took a tough pitch and singled to straight away centerfield. With runners on the corners, Nevin knocked in his second run of the game with a soft single up the middle to extend the Padres lead to 4-0.

In the top half of the third, Rondell White smoked a double to the corner in left to lead off the inning. After a fly out to left field by Burroughs, Gary Bennett hit a ground ball past the first base bag scoring White. With that hit, all the Padres regulars besides the pitcher have hits in the game. Ramon Vasquez, who ended the inning with a strike out, saw a plate appearance in the first three innings of the game.

The Padres had second and third in the fourth with two outs but were unable to capitalize.

The Braves finally got on the board in the fourth when Chipper Jones took one three rows into the bleachers, a solo shot, for his 19th homer of the season. The shot closed the lead to 5-1. Eaton has now allowed 13 home runs on the season.

The hits continued for the Padres off reliever Jason Marquis in the sixth and Padres got back the run they lost in the fourth when Kotsay hit a double down the first base line to score Vasquez who singled to open the inning.

Gary Sheffield doubled in Marcus Giles, who led off the inning with a walk, with no outs in the sixth to close the lead to 6-2. On the next pitch, C. Jones hit one in the corner in right, scoring Sheffield and making the score 6-3, ended up at third after the ball was player poorly by Nevin.

Eaton was relieved by Scott Linebrink after allowing the consecutive extra base hits in the sixth. Robert Fick grounded out to second with one out to score Chipper and bring the Braves within two, 6-4.

Sean Burroughs was hit directly in his right ankle by Marquis, just above his shoe tops, and he went down hard in the top half of the seventh. He tried to get up and immediately hit the turf again. After the trainers looked at him, he was able to get up and stay in the game, walking to first. Burroughs did not come out to play the field in the bottom half of the inning.

Rondell White got his second RBI of the game when he punched one through the hole with two outs in the eight to drive in Mark Loretta giving the Padres a three run lead, 7-4.

Gary Matthews Jr. hit a solo shot in the ninth, his fifth, to provide an insurance run and put the Padres up 8-4. It was only the third home run in the last ten games from the Padres.

Loretta knocked in Vasquez, who reached base on an error by Rafael Furcal, with the Padres 20th hit of the game, and his 141st of the season, extending the lead to 9-4 in the ninth. Dave Hansen then knocked in Kotsay who reached on a walk and White got his fourth hit of the day to knock in Loretta and put the Padres up 11-4. They were not done. Lou Merloni followed the White shot with a double down the left field line to score Hansen. If that wasn't enough, Gary Bennett singled down the right field line to score White and tie the franchise record for hits with 24. As if things couldn't get worse for the Braves, Merloni scored on a pass ball to make it 14-4 Friars.

Notes:

The 13 hits let up by Maddox were the most he has allowed this year and second most allowed in his career. The Padres pounded out 24 hits on the day tying the franchise record for hits set on April 17th, 1982 vs. the Giants.

Linebrink had a double in the seventh inning collecting his second hit of the season in 12 at bats.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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