Well, the Padres won’t be getting their third consecutive series win, but if they bounce back over the next two days, they could still pull off the split. Clayton Richard mostly kept the ball on the ground today, but he let Brandon Phillips and Adonis Garcia loft a couple fly balls into the stands for the winning runs. But there is good news from the younger side of the roster: Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges put the Friars on the board with back-to-back homers in the second inning. The future’s so bright we gotta wear shades.
Those homers only put the good guys on top briefly. Chase D’Arnaud singled to start the third, and then some bad luck let the lead slip away. A balk put D’Arnaud on second with one out, and singles from Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson brought him home. Nick Markakis hit one more single to score Inciarte and tie the game. The tie hung around until the sixth inning, when the Phillips and Garcia bombs ended things. The Braves bullpen shut the Padres down and that was that.
Tomorrow Trevor Cahill takes on that guy who hit a home run off James Shields. First pitch at 1:35 PM.