ICYMI: Upton Jr. homers twice in rout of Braves
Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. hadn't hit multiple home runs in a single game since June 15th, 2013, as a member of the Braves' organization -- that is, until Tuesday night, when he played against Atlanta at Petco Park. Thanks to Upton Jr.'s two home runs and a lights-out performance from starter James Shields, the Padres cruised to a 9-0 win over the Braves and secured their third straight series victory. With Tuesday's win, the Padres have a 6-2 record (.750) in their last eight games.
Shields, who was looking for his elusive ninth win of the season, had not won a decision since July 17. He threw six innings of scoreless baseball after surrendering only five hits, and he struck out seven.
Relievers Odrisamer Despaigne and Kevin Quackenbush completed the shutout by combining for three scoreless frames and surrendering only three hits with one strikeout.
Upton Jr. went 3-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and five RBIs. He was joined by Matt Kemp, Cory Spangenberg, Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista as Padres who enjoyed a multihit performance. Kemp was able to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games, while Norris increased his hitting streak to seven games.
Tuesday wasn't without at least one oddity. The umpiring crew lost count of how many balls Shields had in an at-bat in the second inning -- most likely due to some confusion that followed a Matt Wisler balk during Shields' plate appearance -- and as such, the crew took a three-minute-plus review to confirm that Shields had a full count.
In case you missed it, here's a look at some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Tuesday.
Padres postgame recap: Shields, Upton Jr. help Padres rout Braves
Shields delivers six innings of shutout ball Video: [email protected]: Shields hurls six scoreless frames, earns win
The umpiring crew calls for review Video: [email protected]: Crew chief reviews the count in the 2nd
Kemp puts the Padres on the board first Video: [email protected]: Kemp makes it 1-0 with a sac fly to center
Solarte breaks the game open Video: [email protected]: Solarte breaks it open with a three-run homer
Upton Jr. collects five RBI Video: [email protected]: Upton Jr. belts two homers, tallies five RBIs
Shields earns elusive ninth win after shutout start: Shields comes up big to keep Braves at bay
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Speedy prospect prepares for call-up to San Diego: Padres prospect Jankowski headed to bigs
Veteran Norris feels at home in Petco Park: Reliever Norris thinks Padres are 'perfect fit'
#PadresSH Recap: Conniff dishes on prospects Torres, Jankowski
Down on the Farm: Lane, Dickerson lead El Paso's 5th straight 'W'
Murph's Musings: Murphy discusses Gyorko, Buss Norris, Hedges
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