For the second night in a row, Erick Aybar was the deciding factor in a Padres victory. Yesterday it was just him and Jhoulys Chacin doing the hard work, but tonight the rest of the lineup got some good swings in, too. Wil Myers and Austin Hedges both came up with bombs. And Clayton Richard turned in another great start, allowing just one run over 6.2 innings.
The game didn’t start on a great note. Chris Owings hit a high pop-up into shallow right field, but Hunter Renfroe didn’t wave off Yangervis Solarte and the ball landed cleanly right between them. Then with two outs, Jake Lamb beat the shift by lining a single down the third base line. That put Richard in a jam, but he worked out of it by getting Yasmany Tomas to whiff. The attitude at the ballpark shifted in the bottom half of the inning when Myers unleashed a massive bomb.
That lead didn’t last long. With one out in the second, Chris Iannetta knocked a double into left. Nick Ahmed followed up with a single to right. Iannetta almost didn’t make it home; Renfroe fired the ball back to Hedges, but his throw took him far up the line, where Iannetta collided with the young catcher. The ball came loose, the runner scored, and Ahmed took second. Trainers came out to check on Hedges after the play, but a few minutes later he had his mask back on as if nothing had happened. The next two Diamondbacks were retired and the game stayed tied.
The Friars busted things open in the fifth, with Solarte doubling ahead of a Hedges single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. That’s when Aybar did his thing and sent a roller down the third base line under the glove of Jake Lamb for a two-run double. That was all the boys needed, but Hedges got in one more good lick in the seventh.
Austin Hedges provided some powerful insurance, helping the Padres earn a series win over the Diamondbacks pic.twitter.com/5kYlKAIqaw— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 21, 2017
That’s a solid bounce back from a rough losing streak. Hopefully the team can keep it rolling as the Marlins come into town this weekend. First pitch tomorrow is at 7:10 PM.