SAN DIEGO — While getting whipped 11-2 in Friday’s series opener, the Braves helped the Padres produce their home-game season-highs for runs, hits (12) and widest winning margin.
They also had a hand in Padres starter Tim Stauffer setting a career high with nine strikeouts, Padres rookie Jesus Guzman hitting his first major league home run, and rookie Josh Spence retiring the Braves in order in the ninth in his major league debut.
About 30 minutes after it was over, Spence, an Aussie, came back on the field and celebrated with a group of teen-aged Aussie baseball players who happened to be at Petco Park for Friday’s game. They saluted him with their homeland’s famous sports chant, Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!
What I’m saying is, the Braves really did a nice job of helping the Padres forget for a night how much the team’s offensive struggles and particularly its home-field woes this season.
Now, the Braves need to act like rude guests and wreck the weekend for the Padres.