Good news, Padres fans. Our pitching can still get through a first inning in one piece. In case you've missed the past few games, specifically last night's, the Padres pitching hasn't been doing so well to start games. Before we celebrate the win today, last night, there was an icky display from the Pads.
Jhoulys Chacin “started” in Tuesday's series opener vs. the Mets, and before he could finish the inning, left the game. His allowed damage: 8 hits, 7 earned runs, no strikeouts, a home run. Homer, single, single, single, sac fly, single (double, single, out, single.) Yikes. Day-after spoiler alert: Two RBI's and a Ryan Schimpf home run were not enough to dig out of Jhouly's hole.
So, not a high bar set for the second game of the series and for Jarred Cosart. That being said, Cosart made it about 3 innings before the Mets caught up to him in the 4th inning, as an RBI-double and a single had the Mets over the Pads 4-1.
With a combined effort of Jose Torres (one run allowed) and then pure shutout baseball from Kevin Quackenbush, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Brad Hand, the Padres locked down a 6-5 victory - effectively avoiding any chance of a sweep in New York.
That was all thanks to some consistent offense from the Friars. Yangervis Solarte singled in Luis Torrens in the 3rd and then doubled him in again in the 5th. The worst RBI-single Wil Myers would ever hit in the 7th off Neil Ramirez tied the game up 5-5. Finally, baseball with some tension, then broken by Hunter Renfroe and his glorious 9th home run of the season:
Utterly ca-rushed. The Pads took the lead and Brad Hand thought there needed to be tension again. He loaded the bases allowing a single, a walk, and a single to left. Then, as if to say "Nah", struck out Curtis Granderson, struck out Rene Rivera, popped out Juan Lagares.
Sorry Mets fans, no win #20 for ya tonight.