A change of scenery continues to breathe new life into Ian Kennedy’s game. Even if the Padres’ defense didn’t do him many favors his batterymates had his back Sunday afternoon. Kennedy struck out seven batters over five strong innings and Nick Hundley celebrated his 30th birthday with a pinch-hit three-run double that sent the Padres to a 5-2 win and their first home sweep of the Colorado Rockies in seven years in front of a crowd of 18656 at Petco Park. The sweep was especially satisfying because the Padres limited the Rockies to six runs in a sweep of a team that opened the season with six straight wins over San Diego. “They put it on us pretty good earlier in the year” said Hundley whose three-run double in the seventh inning gave him a team-high eight go-ahead RBIs this year. “They swept us at their place and came back and swept us at our place in April. They are a good team a quality lineup that we held down for three games. I don’t think it happens too often with a team like that.” Catcher Rene Rivera gave the Padres their first run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and the Padres broke the game open in the seventh inning – all after Kennedy left the game in favor of a pinch-hitter in the fifth – with reliever Roy Oswalt issuing a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman to tie the game and Hundley coming off the bench with a double off Wilton Lopez that he roped down the left-field line to clear the bases. “Five innings – Bud warned me (about pinch-hitting for me) before that if there’s a guy on base with two outs” Kennedy said after the Padres rallied to complete their first home sweep of the Rockies since September 2006. “At that point you’re kinda selfishly hoping that at least we score so I get to hit and go a little longer. But it’s not my job to make that decision. Just give our team a chance to win and it’s great for the birthday boy to keep that ball fair.” The uprising made a winner of Nick Vincent (4-2) who pitched a scoreless seventh before handing the ball over to Tim Stauffer for his three-strikeout eighth. Huston Street then pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save slamming the door on a day that began with Kennedy adding yet another solid start to his resume since coming over from Arizona at the end of July. “He’s throwing well for us” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I still think there’s more to come for Ian on the positive side. We’re hoping for and anticipating a strong September. He’s proven to be over last few years a steady dependable major league starter.” Kennedy was just that early in his career in Arizona winning as much as 21 games in 2011 during his breakout season. But his ERA jumped from 2.88 that year to 4.02 in 2012 and was sitting at 5.23 when then Diamondbacks opted to send him along his way.
Hundley delivers pinch-hit three-run double in seventh seals Padres' sweep of Rockies
San Diego Union-Tribune | Sep 9