After being outslugged the last two nights, the Padres offense put the hurt on the Nationals last night. Wil Myers led the way, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a home run. Colin Rea did his part by largely keeping DC off the scoreboard, going toe-to-toe with Washington starter and godlike pitcher Max Scherzer and holding his own.
Rea made one mistake in the first inning, issuing a one-out walk to Michael Taylor. Bryce Harper lined out, and it looked like the Padres would make it out of the inning unscathed. But Taylor swiped second and then Daniel Murphy dropped a single into center field to put the Nats on the board. Their lead didn’t last, though. In the bottom half of the inning, Myers hit his sixteenth bomb of the season to tie things up.
Rea and Scherzer buckled down for the next five innings, allowing neither team a single run. It was the seventh inning before Washington broke the tie. After retiring the first batter, Rea gave up a single and a walk. That was enough for Andy Green, who called Brandon Maurer out of the bullpen. Maurer got Danny Espinosa on a fly out, and then Scherzer’s night ended when Dusty Baker lifted him for pinch hitter Anthony Rendon. He singled with a grounder past first to give the lead back to DC.
Taylor caused more problems for the Padres pitching staff in the eighth. He singled off Brad Hand, and then moved to third on two consecutive ground outs. Kevin Quackenbush came in to wrap things up, but allowed Ryan Zimmerman to hit an RBI single. But that was it for the Nationals.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Friars went to town on their bullpen. It started with an Alexei Ramirez leadoff single. In a show of Alex(e)i solidarity, Amarista followed up with a single of his own. Then Jon Jay drew a walk to load the bases for Wil Myers. He lined a game-tying double to center, with the go-ahead run sitting on third with nobody out. Felipe Rivero issued an intentional walk to Matt Kemp to reload the bases and bring up Brett Wallace. That might have worked out well for Rivero had he not bobbled Wallace’s comebacker and then blown the throw to home. That finally ended Rivero’s night as he was replaced with Blake Treinen. At this point, the Padres had already scored four runs, the bases were loaded, and nobody was out. So it was pretty great that Melvin Upton worked a walk. Then Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run single to wrap up the domination. The rally ended when DC finally got the double play ball they’d been looking for from Derek Norris, and then Ramirez popped out to end the brutality.
The Padres can still salvage a series split as Drew Pomeranz gets the start at 1:40 PM.