Tyson Ross continued his dominance Thursday night against the Cubs over six innings to earn the victory. Ross was in control from the first inning and he piled up a season-high 11 strikeouts over six innings in a victory over the Cubs. He surrendered just one run on five hits and a walk last night. Ross began missing bats at an impressive rate during his breakout 2013 campaign, and has carried over that success right into this season. Through Thursday, his 143 strikeouts tie him with teammate Ian Kennedy for third in the National League, trailing only Johnny Cueto and Stephen Strasburg. With Thursday’s victory at Wrigley, Ross now owns a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings in his last three starts away from Petco Park. He’ll try to earn his 10th victory when he faces the Cardinals at home on Tuesday. As for Padres offense which ranks last in the National League in runs scored, batting average, and on-base percentage, they erupted in the sixth inning. In that frame, they scored nine runs on eight hits, all singles, in 15 plate appearances. The Padres won 13-3 and won the three game series against the Cubs.
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On Wednesday night, the Texas Rangers sent their closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Last week, the San Diego Padres got a nice return from the Los Angeles Angels last week for Huston Street and Soria didn’t come cheap either. Thompson was a second-round pick in 2012 and currently has a 2.96 ERA in 200 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Double-A. Knebel was drafted in 2013 out of the University of Texas at Austin and made his major league debut in Detroit earlier this season. The 22-year-old owns a dominant 1.26 ERA in 64 1/3 career minor league innings. After the deal was completed, the Tigers announced that Joe Nathan will continue to be their closer, but that is not likely to last long. Nathan has an ugly 5.89 ERA this season and he has blown five saves in 25 opportunities. Nathan has been pretty good of late and has closed his last three save opportunities, but it is quite possible that Soria will be the Tigers closer sooner than later.
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