Padres Sweep Doubleheader

The Padres scored four unearned runs off ex-Friar Oliver Perez in the first inning and added three more on two homers to push past the Pirates 7-3 in the second half of the doubleheader. The Friars swept the Pirates, the first time they won both halves of a doubleheader since 1998. San Diego moved into a first place tie with the sweep

The Padres opened the second game with consecutive singled by Khalil Greene and Mark Loretta against former Padre Oliver Perez. Brian Giles then walked to load the bases with nobody out.

After a Phil Nevin strike out, Jay Payton lined a shot at Craig Wilson who had the ball bounce off the heel of his glove for the second error of the inning. With one out and players holding near the bags, it scored one run to put the Friars up early, 1-0.

Brian Buchanon followed with a bases juiced walk to put the Padres up 2-0 with the bases still loaded and one out. Jeff Cirillo, just off the disabled list from a broken index finger, made his season and Padre debut. After getting ahead in the count at 3-0, Perez brought the count to 3-2 before surrendering another walk. Cirillo swung at one pitch in the at bat, fouling off a 3-2 pitch.

A sac fly by Miguel Ojeda put the Padres up 4-0 and Jake Peavy came up to bat without having taken the mound on the day. He struck out to end the inning.

Mark Loretta pounded out his fifth homer of the season to open the fifth inning. It was his fifth hit in the doubleheader and put the Padres up 5-0, going five rows deep into the left field stands. Loretta ended the day 6-for-9.

Kerry Robinson cost the Padres a run in the sixth. On a ball hit towards the left field wall, Robinson overran the ball and jumped up to try and catch. It barely tipped off the edge of his glove and fell in for a triple for Humberto Cota. The next batter doubled and put Pittsburgh on the board.

Daryle Ward hit an eighth inning homer off Jay Witasick to bring the Pirates within three. Chris Stynes then doubled down the line to push another run across making it 5-3.

Ramon Hernandez added a two run pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth to give the Padres their four run lead back, 7-3.

Notes:

The Padres recorded their first road sweep of a doubleheader since August 7, 1990, when the Friars swept a pair of games from the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, 7-2 and 11-9. Andy Benes recorded the win in the first tilt, while Eric Show won the second contest.

The last time the Padres swept a double-dip was May 14, 1998, when San Diego took two from the New York Mets at Qualcomm Stadium, 3-0 and 5-2.

The Padres last double-header in Pittsburgh came April 28, 2002 when the two teams split with the Pirates winning the first game 3-2 and the Padres rebounding to win the second contest 7-2.

Overall, the Padres are 6-6-13 over their last 24 doubleheaders dating back to the beginning of the 1990 season and including Wednesday night's action.

The Padres moved into a tie with the Dodgers for first overall in the west with their two victories and the Dodgers loss. San Diego is 23-17 and LA is 22-16.

The Padres have a .297 (194-for-654) team batting average on the road and have scored 93 runs in their 18 road outings, for an average of 5.17 runs per game.

The Pirates had gone 57 innings without committing an error entering Wednesday. They committed five errors between the two games, costing the Pirates five unearned runs, to make up for lost time.

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