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Young dominates Nationals

May 2, 2007 - 5:54 AM SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- The San Diego Padres sputtering bats managed just enough offense to support a stellar start from Chris Young.

Young went eight innings to lead the Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

The 6-10 righthander (3-2) yielded just three hits while walking three and striking out eight in his best effort of the season.

"I was just trying to execute good pitches," said Young, who has yet to surrender a run in 15 innings at Petco Park this year. "It's a good winning formula. I just made enough good pitches. Overall, it's a good win for the guys and I'm happy that we were able to bounce back a little bit."

"It was a great outing by Chris Young," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "I think all of the credit goes to him. He was just dominant the whole night. He kept that fastball up and we kept chasing it. You can't take away what he did, regardless of what our offense did. He just cruised the whole game."

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

The Padres had dropped five of their last six games coming into Tuesday's contest, scoring just 20 runs combined in the six contests. The offense managed just four hits against Nationals starter John Patterson on Monday.

The story was no different against Nationals' starter Shawn Hill, who had given up just two earned runs in each of his first five outings this season. He matched Young pitch-for-pitch for much of the first six innings.

"I thought I threw the ball terrible, personally," Hill said. "I had a lot of hard-hit balls, a lot of flyballs, which is not good for me. They were just hit at people when they were hit hard. I kind of kept us in it a little bit, but I really didn't throw the ball the way I'd like to."

The 26-year-old righthander allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking three.

"It's good to see that our guys made the most of four hits, but I thought overall we had some good at-bats in the game," Black said. "(Hill) was tough. This guy's got a good arm. He's going to win some games. But, I thought our guys had some good at-bats against him."

Hill surrendered just one hit through the first three innings before Brian Giles singled to center to lead off the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a double to deep right, plating Giles for the game's first run and his National-League leading 26th RBI.

Rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff broke out of his slump with a triple off Hill in the seventh inning, driving home Mike Cameron with an insurance run. It was just his fourth extra-base hit of the season. He entered Tuesday's game batting just .113 (8-for-71) with one home run.

"When that ball went up in the air, we knew he hit it well," Black said. "It was great to see that he got a hit. We're all behind this fella. He's working extremely hard during batting practice with (hitting coach Merv Rettenmund). We're hoping that there is more of that to come."

Hill was removed following the triple, and Kouzmanoff scored when Oscar Robles greeted reliever Micah Bowie with a squeeze bunt.

"It's not anything overly creative," Black said of the squeeze play. "There are certain instances where you put on some baseball plays and they work."

The rubber game of the series is here on Wednesday as the Nationals look to win a series for the first time in 2007.

"It has to get better," Acta said. "Those guys are a lot better than what they're showing now. It'll come."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 x 3 4 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: WAS - SHAWN HILL, MICAH BOWIE (7TH) AND BRIAN SCHNEIDER
    SDG - CHRIS YOUNG, TREVOR HOFFMAN (9TH) AND JOSH BARD

    HOME RUNS: WAS - NONE
    SDG - NONE

    May 2 12:18 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE BY OSCAR ROBLES SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: C YOUNG (.091, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Nationals vs. PadresMay 1 11:52 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY KEVIN KOUZMANOFF SCORED MIKE CAMERON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K KOUZMANOFF ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    SAN DIEGO 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: O ROBLES (.143, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals vs. PadresMay 1 11:48 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ SCORED BRIAN GILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J BARD (.279, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals vs. PadresMay 1 10:57 PM