Donning the flawless throwback ‘98 jerseys, and with targets on a sweep for the first home series off a long road trip, the Padres did everything they needed in order to give a middle-of-the-week day crowd a good experience.
Coming off the announcement of Jered Weaver announced his retirement after 11 years with the Angels and 9 starts with the Padres, Clayton Richard decided to put up one of the greatest starts of his career.
Richard went the full 9, allowing only 3 hits in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th inning. Outside of that, save an error and a walk, Clayton completely shut down the Phillies. He did it in 114 pitches and only struck out 6, so he relied on his deadly groundout game to take care of the rest. He induced 18 ground balls, and one pop out. Eighteen.
Nobody will ground out a lineup like Clayton Richard.
With Clayton shutting out the Phils, the Friar offense had it easy.
Hunter Renfroe clocked an RBI-double later in the game to bring home Cory Spangenberg, but it was Wil Myers and his go-ahead offense that was ringing up highlights.
After knocking in Carlos Asuaje with a lil’ RBI-single, Myers was given the green light to steal second, and he did. Next, he got the go ahead to take third, so he did that too. Then, in a moment of over-confidence from the Phils defense, with Myers on third base , they attempted to catch Hedges taking second.
So, of course, Myers stole home.
He’s the 51st person to steal for the cycle, and joins Dee Gordon and Jayson Werth as the only players to steal 3 bases in an inning in the past 20 seasons.
There’s our Wil!