Mound Marvels, Padres Bullpen Pitches Team to Win

5 San Diego Padres relief pitchers combined to allow just 4 hits and 1 run in a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Wednesday thanks to a new baseball strategy called "bullpenning."

If a team is running short on traditional starting pitchers for whatever reason, more teams are turning to their bullpen for short stints rather that bring in a spot starter from the minor leagues or wherever.  It's called "bullpenning."

Against the Braves, 5 Padres pitcher teamed up, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run.

Typically a rellief pitcher, Matt Strahm started the game for the Padres.  Strahm pitched 2.1 innings before giving way to Jose Castillo.  Castillo worked 1.2 innings and earned the win, his first career major league victory.  From there Adam Cimber pitched 1 inning, Kirby Yates went 2 inninings, then Brad Hand earned a 2 inning save.

After the Braves jumped ouut to a 1-0 lead on a Freddie Freeman home run, the Padres took the lead in the 2nd inning.  Corey Spangenberg's triple plated Hunter Renfroe to tie the game at 1, later Manuel Margot RBI single scored Spangenberg giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.  The Padres added a run in the 8th.

The Padres will take a 29-35 on a 10 game road trip, which starts Friday in Miami against the Marlins.

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