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All Quiet on the Western Front

By Michael OConnor
|  Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:41 AM PDT
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San Diego Padres Fans: Say Cheese!

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It was a kinder and gentler rematch for the Padres and Dodgers on Jackie Robinson Day.

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In a touching pre-game ceremony Robinson's widow, Rachael, took part in the celebration of her late husband's breaking of the major league color barrier 66-years ago.

Fortunately the bad blood from last week's brawl did not resurface. Baseball was the focus and the Padres got on top early.

Starting pitcher Eric Stults helped his own cause, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning. The first of Stults' big league career gave the Friars a 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers chipped away at that lead, eventually tying the game on an A.J. Ellis single in the fifth inning.

The Padres loaded the bases in the 7th inning and got the go ahead run on a Chris Denorfia walk. Reliever Paco Rodriquez had the Padres outfielder 0-2, before throwing four consecutive balls. The Padres added another run on a sacrifice and left the inning with a 5-3 advantage.

Some solid defense from relief pitcher Luke Gregerson helped seal the victory. With runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the 8th Skip Schumaker bounced into an improbable 1-3-2 double play to end the inning.

The Padres went on to beat the Dodgers 6-3 in the opening game of their three game series at Chavez Ravine. After a tough weekend against the Rockies, the Padres win raised their record to 3-10 on the season.
 

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