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Padres Vs. Braves: Atlanta Falls 3-2 To San Diego In Extra Innings

The Atlanta Braves dropped their Memorial Day match up with the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 10 innings. San Diego's Kyle Philips solo home run in the tenth off of George Sherrill provided the difference. Extra inning affairs are becoming the norm for the Braves who have now played eight extra-inning games in their last eighteen overall. 

Tim Hudson returned to the mound after skipping a turn with a sore back. The Padres got on the board early in the first. Eric Patterson singled to start the game, stole second, and then reached third on a Tim Hudson throwing error. Patterson scored on a Ryan Ludwick ground out giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. 

Atlanta answered right back in the bottom half. Jordan Schafer worked a walk to lead off the game but was erased on a Martin Prado fielders choice. Brian McCann then drove a deep double to center field that scored Prado from first. 

The Padres added another run in the third. With one out, Aaron Harang and Eric Patterson recorded back to back singles. Alberto Gonzalez then flew out to Jordan Schafer in center who threw behind Harang at second after the pitcher had wandered too far off the bag. However, Dan Uggla couldn't handle the throw and Harang was safe at second with two outs. Ludwick followed with an RBI single, giving the Padres back the lead at 2-1. 

Once again Atlanta answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. After a Martin Prado one out double, Brian McCann singled to right scoring Prado and once again tying the game. 

The score would remain 2-2 until the top half of the tenth when Phillips homered off of Sherrill. The blast was Phillips' first Major League home run. Atlanta went quietly in the bottom half of the tenth against closer Heath Bell

Hudson looked sharp and recovered from his back injury. He lasted six innings, allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out seven. Sherrill takes the loss for the Braves evening his record on the season at 1-1. Chad Qualls earns the victory for the Padres with a scoreless inning of relief work. Heath Bell came on for his 13th save of the season. 

Brian McCann accounted for both of the Braves runs while going 3 for 5 at the plate. Freddie Freeman added two hits while Jordan Schafer was 1 for 3 with two walks. Ryan Ludwick and Eric Patterson each had two hits for the Padres. 

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.