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Padres 5, Nationals 3: Cordero gets halfway to cycle in first MLB start

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Ryan Schimpf did his thing, too.

San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

In a rare miracle, the Padres clawed out a .500 record on their road trip by avoiding a sweep at the hands of the first-place Nationals. But if you’re a fan looking toward the future, your eyes were squarely on Franchy Cordero today. The newest Friar didn’t disappoint, going 2-for-5 with a double.

The good guys scored early when Ryan Schimpf did his thing after Wil Myers drew a two-out walk. “His thing,” of course being his 13th dang ding dong of the season.

The Nats got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first when Jhoulys Chacin found himself with the bases loaded with nobody out. But he got Ryan Zimmerman to whiff, and then pulled a grounder out of Adam Lind. Myers and Chase d’Arnaud tried to turn two, but the return throw to first wasn’t fast enough to catch Lind and wipe Trea Turner’s run off the board. Chacin punched out Michael Taylor to keep the damage to a minimum.

Chacin helped his own cause in the second, stepping up to the plate with one out after d’Arnaud doubled. A line drive to left field sent him home and kept the Padres up by two. Washington picked that run right back up with a trio of singles, but the Friars held the lead.

In the third, Cordero picked up the souvenir every young baseball player dreams of.

Cordero got another souvenir in the fifth when San Diego really broke the game open. Hunter Renfroe led off with a single, and Franchy knocked a double into right. Chase kept showing his worth by picking up a base knock and scoring both Padres. The Nationals got one more run off Chacin in the bottom of the inning with a single and a double, but the bullpen took over and shut them down for the rest of the game.

The team takes a happy flight home tonight, and tomorrow they’ll welcome the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs. Jarred Cosart will take the mound at 1:40 PM.