Home runs can, and will, win ball games. Giving up three home runs and a grand slam will usually lose you ball games. The Friars were giving up homers left and right while Jose Pirela and a few others tried to claw out of a damp Cincinnati cave of runs.
The good stuff
Jose Pirela was the good stuff. Jose Pirela was the hot stuff. With 4 at-bats he managed to drive in all 3 of the Padres’ runs with 2 homers, his 6th and 7th of the season. His first, a 2-run banger to fairly deep left field:
Pirela took it oppo for his second HR, the third and final run for the Friars. Carlos Asuaje had a 2-hit night. Manuel Margot, Yangervis Solarte, Dusty Coleman and Austin Hedges all got a hit at some point, and Wil Myers technically was in the game.
The bad stuff
Two more strikeouts and zero hits for Myers, again. If anybody has any tips on how to break Myers out of this funk please email us at WeMissYouWil at GaslampBall dot com. In the top of the fourth, Margot tried extending an innocent should-been-a-double gapper into a triple, and it didn’t work. He was nabbed at third, easily, on the relay in from right field.
Oh, and our bullpen of Kyle McGrath, Carter Capps, and Phil Maton couldn’t offer an inning of scoreless relief.
The ugly stuff
Simply put, Jhoulys Chacin did not have a good game. He went six innings giving up 5 earned runs, 2 home runs, and 3 walks. All of that spelled an early demise for the Padres as they dropped game one against the Reds.