The Padres offense couldn’t get it going last night, but tonight they were on fire, dropping seven runs on a Giants team struggling to hold onto a wild card spot with a week left in the season. Wil Myers had a big night with his 28th home run of the year, but the equally big story was Carlos Asuaje, who racked up his first two big league hits this evening.
Jon Jay got the game started with an aggressive approach, knocking the first pitch into left field for a single. Asuaje followed that up with his big moment, a double to right field.
That set up Myers, who got a slider in the heart of the zone and lifted it right past the 396 sign in center field. Just like that, the good guys were up 3-0.
Edwin Jackson held the Giants scoreless for the first four innings, but he got a little shaky in the fifth. With one out, he issued back-to-back walks to Denard Span and Angel Pagan. Buster Posey made Jackson pay for those mistakes with a double to center, narrowing the lead to one run. Jackson settled down and got the next two batters to ground out.
The bottom of the fifth started just like the bottom of the first, with Jay hitting another single and Asuaje picking up his second double. Matt Reynolds intentionally walked Myers to load the bases and bring up Ryan Schimpf. That didn’t work out, as Reynolds threw four straight balls to Schimpf, giving the Friars a free insurance run. Then Alex Dickerson really opened things up with a two-run single. And for the cherry on top, Austin Hedges brought Schimpf home with a sacrifice fly.
Jackson tossed one more scoreless inning before handing it over to the bullpen. Jose Torres, Brandon Morrow, and Buddy Baumann combined for three perfect innings, and that was that. 7-2 Padres.
Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants tomorrow, and he’ll probably get angry at somebody for absolutely no reason. Jarred Cosart will be the calm and collected guy on the mound for the Padres, throwing the first pitch at 5:40 PM.