Today the Friars shut out the reigning AL-champs, and they did it using a single run. This is their third win over another team ending in a 1-0 score. Past victims were the Tigers and the Diamondbacks. They did it with good pitching, and even better resolve with runners on. They did it against a team with an explosive offense, and against one of the best pitchers in the game right now.
Trevor Cahill was back in action for the Padres after some injured time off. His rehab starts weren’t showing the type of shutout that he threw today, but he proved he was back and ready for major league pitching. Cahill was capped at 85 pitches and 4 innings, and in those 4 innings he allowed only 4 hits, 2 walks, no runs, and was keeping just about on-pace with Kluber ending with 4 strikeouts.
Along with Jose Torres, Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand, and Brandon Maurer, the Friars were responsible for the Indians’ 0-for-10 goose egg with runners in scoring position. The Pads stranded 7 potential runs throughout the game and rivaled Kluber’s 10 K’s with a team total of 11.
If not the steadfast pitching, the Padres’ defense was the MVP of the game. They were crucial in negating runs with crowded bases and collecting outs with no room for error. A double play in the 2nd would prove to be a game-decider:
Just your routine 1️⃣-3️⃣-2️⃣ double play pic.twitter.com/GSK2Reif85— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 4, 2017
The Indians, however, couldn’t keep the same discipline. After messing up one double play, they jammed up on another and allowed the only run of the game to score. Cory Spangenberg drove home Hector Sanchez scored as a fielder’s choice, and the Friars had all they needed for the W.
The Pads will have the chance to record the long sought after series win against Cleveland tomorrow, utilizing Luis Perdomo against Trevor Bauer.