The San Diego Padres are back home, hosting the Milwaukee Brewers for an easy beginning to the home stand. The beginning to the series could have gone easier, with the game going into extras, but some late-inning heroics made it all worth it.
Starting out, Luis Perdomo, despite showing some weakness towards the tail end of his outing, threw a solid six frames, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits, but still striking out 9 Brewers. The big pain point was an RBI-single that scored two in the fourth inning. Domingo Santana caught a first-pitch breaking ball up the middle.
A nice start for Luis Perdomo tonight: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 9 K (career high). pic.twitter.com/wvmPIBXFS3— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 16, 2017
Kirby Yates came in for some relief, walked two batters, and to the relief of Padres fans, was dismissed. Brad Hand took over, giving up the 4-4 tying run, but limiting the damage over 2 innings while striking out three. Jose Torres was then tasked with the extra-inning pressure but was taken deep by Eric Sogard putting the Brewers up 5-4 in the 10th.
Rewinding back a bit, the Padres led the scoring with a Hunter Renfroe RBI-double, scoring Austin Hedges and Erick Aybar. Up 2-0 with Renfroe on, Luis Perdomo hit his first triple of the season after Nick Franklin in center did his best impression of catching a liner without actually catching it. It flew by him and Perdomo cruised easily into third.
Cory Spangenberg singled in the 5th, bringing the Pads up to their comfortable 4-2 lead. After that had diminished, and the Padres were trailing by one in the 10th, Renfroe returned for some final damage. On a full count, Hunter drilled a deep 2-run HR to end the late Monday night series opener.
Hunter's homer for the walk off win! pic.twitter.com/kSUf1CJ6to— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 16, 2017
His 7th home run of the season plus the Padres’ first walk-off of the season equals a sweet W.