Good pitching and good hitting: the meat and potatoes of any hearty win. The Padres were straight up serving both today. After a blowout win over the Reds last night they followed up with another decided victory thanks to some machine like pitching from Clayton Richard and a steady layer of offense from the likes of Franchy Cordero, Wil Myers, Yangervis Solarte, and fam.
Instead of tanking, Clayton Richard was a tank today. His pitch count reached 127 in 8.2 innings of completely shutout baseball, throwing 83 pitches for strikes and only allowing 2 runs with 2 outs in the 9th. For comparison, Reds starter Scott Feldman lasted 5 innings throwing a total of 92 pitches, 9 more than Richard’s strike count. Richard also struck out 6 and, of course, induced 11 groundouts and 1 double-play. Beast.
Relief from Phil Mason and Brandon Maurer was a simple task. Maton came in with the 6-2 lead but gave up a single, and Maurer came in to get Scooter Gennett to ground out.
To complement Richard’s stellar start the Padres offense was fire. The usual suspects Myers and Solarte started scoring early with an RBI-single a piece, starting things on a 2-0 foot. Franchy came in warmed and ready and cranked his second homer of the season to center, catching an 86 MPH four-seamer. He did the same thing in the 7th, swinging at a first-pitch 93 MPH four-seamer for his third HR and put the Pads up 5-0.
Cory Spangenberg and Jose Pirela added to the lead, and the Padres were off and away with an untouchable 6-0 lead.