It has not happened very often this year, so let's enjoy it while we can. The Padres beat the Marlins 3-1 on Saturday night at Petco Park. It's their fifth win of their second half-opening, 10-game homestand and since one of the games was rained out, that means the Friars have already guaranteed a winning run at home!
Ian Kennedy made his second straight solid start. Kennedy threw 6.0 innings, striking out seven and allowing one run. He also scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the second inning. After a 2-out double (of the Padres eight hits, the only one for extra bases came courtesy of the pitcher) Kennedy scored on a single by Will Venable to put the Friars up 2-0.
This could be an interesting week for Kennedy. His next scheduled start would come on Friday, July 31. That day is also the MLB trade deadline and Ian has been rumored in a few different trade scenarios. That is also the day his wife is due to deliver their fourth child.
So, things could get VERY interesting for at least one Padre who might once again become a Padre but do it while not in a Padres uniform.
San Diego closer Criag Kimbrel tossed a perfect 9th inning for his 28th save of the season (in 29 chances). He's another guy who is expected to draw attention as the trade deadline draws near.
The Padres can win the series from the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Petco. Odrisamer Despainge gets the start against former Padre Mat Latos.