The Padres are getting the hang of the come-from-behind victory. After a 10-7 win against Baltimore after trailing most of the game, the Pads do it again in Cincinnati. Thanks to an okay start from Christian Friedrich that didn't lead into a meltdown, and a sweet home run from Derek Norris, San Diego starts the first game of their last series of the road trip with some positivity.
Friedrich held it together for 5 innings. He gave up 6 hits and 4 runs, one of them a home run, which proved to be just enough to give the Padres offense a chance to convert his performance into a win. He walked a steep 4 batters, only striking out 2, but stuff like that doesn't matter when you're team is putting up 7 runs and your bullpen closes things out for the rest of the game.
The offense came knocking at the Great American Ball Park. Almost everybody was hitting, except Wil Myers, who was walked 3 times today. Travis Jankowski led off the lineup with a multi-hit night, and Melvin Upton Jr. was right behind him, both with 2 hits a piece. Matt Kemp hit his 16th home run of the season, finding itself just right of the left-field foul pole.
But it was without a doubt Derek Norris' 3-run HR smash that won the game, his 10th home run of the season.
Brad Hand, Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Fernando Rodney threw some great stuff, collectively allowing 1 hit and striking out 5.
Awesome stuff. It makes you realize that we're only 3 games out of 3rd place, but then you remember we're 12 games away from .500. With people like Myers playing like they're not on a team with that kind of standing, games like this will give you something good to watch until All Star break.
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