The San Diego Padres broke two very different streaks last night when they crushed the Milwaukee Brewers (2-1) – their own five-game losing streak, and the Brewers’ impressive nine-game winning streak.
The Padres had a strong showing overall to account for their much-needed win, but the actions of two players, starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and outfielder Carlos Quentin, clinched the score. Both players entered the game without the best reputations – Volquez was winless in four starts, and Quentin just came off an eight-game suspension – but they ended as heroes.
It was clear that Volquez was in command of his pitches last night, an issue he has worked on in the past to control. It was the fourth time in 127 career starts that Volquez had not walked a batter. It is important to note, though, that two of those instances have occurred since joining the Padres last season.
Volquez started out strong, and continued to throw well throughout his seven innings. Using a three-pitch mix, Volquez worked his plus-changeup and successfully controlled his fastball. He allowed five hits, earning three strikeouts while getting 12 grounders.
While Volquez usually pitches well, his delivery on Wednesday night was especially clean and collected. Throughout his seven innings pitched, he did not allow more than one baserunner, and retired 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced.
To top off his expert pitching was Quentin’s fantastic home run, the outfielder’s first of the season. Quentin crushed the ball in the fourth inning off the Brewers’ Marco Estrada, sending it hurtling 392-feet into the third deck of the Western Metal Supply building.
Hey, all that pent-up energy had to go somewhere.