Padres players and fans got an up close look at a team chock-full of major league bashers. In the brief two game series Orioles hitters piled up impressive numbers, tallying up 14-runs on 27-hits in their series sweep of the Padres.
San Diego product Adam Jones went 7-for-9 in the two games. Chris Davis also pounded the ball all over and out of Petco Park. His eighth inning, three-run homer broke a 3-3 tie and the game wide open. The 453-foot blast, Davis' major league leading 41st of the year, was the second longest in stadium history.
Padres starter Eric Stults pitched seven innings but was not involved in the decision. Reliever Luke Gregerson (5-6) was tagged with the loss although reliever Colt Hynes gave up the big blow. He served up the Davis homer in his first pitch of the game after coming in for an ineffective Gregerson. Both relievers faced just two batters before getting the early hook.
The Orioles won 10-3. Still, the Padres finished the nine game homestand a respectable 5-4 considering the teams they faced (CIN / NYY / BAL) are a combined 25-games over .500. They begin a six game road trip Friday in Cincinnati.
Manager Bud Black summed up the day perfectly.
"A big home run took us out of the game," the Padres skipper said. "Today we had a little bit of a breakdown in our bullpen."