If you or someone you brought to the game last night are a fan of home runs, you were in for a treat. After a vicious back and forth between the Padres and Dbacks, a total of 8 dongers were donged. It didn’t end up being that great for the Friars, but the 13-7 loss sure wasn’t a boring one.
Long story short, Dinelson Lamet was lit up last night. In five-and-some innings he gave up 3 home runs and allowed 6 earned runs. Two of the home runs came early, solo shots in the first and second innings, but Lamet was tagged on his way out when the Dbacks scored 4 in the sixth, only one a home run this time.
With the game now 6-6, the relief efforts of Craig Stammen, Tim Melville, and Cory Mazzoni were fraught. Collectively, they allowed 7 more runs to pass, with Mazzoni giving up one more home run for good measure. Kyle McGrath was the only Padres pitcher tonight to get through an inning unharmed during his direct relief of Lamet in the sixth.
Speaking of home runs, though, the Padres were hitting ‘em. In fact, that’s just about all they were doing last night. New face Rocky Gale hit his very first home run, a pull to left on a 3-2 count. Rocky’s HR, in fact, tied the Padres’ single-season HR record (177). That record was done-zo by the end of the night.
More firsts: Christian Villanueva had his first MLB hit last night. Oh, yes, he hit a home run too. A no-doubter to deep left field with a nice stare-down from Christian:
This is @Villa_at_3B's and we're just livin' in it pic.twitter.com/7yAjr0s4L7— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 21, 2017
But we still have 3 more home runs unaccounted for! Well, then enters Hunter Renfroe, who has already been tearing it up since his return to the lineup. He mashed 3 bombs tonight: one in the third, one in the fifth, and one in the bottom of the ninth:
Hunter Renfroe was in the zone tonight, belting 3️⃣ home runs! pic.twitter.com/VEwqVNKQ3l— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 21, 2017
Three HRs for HR, 7 runs from HRs, and a fun loss for the Friars.
That just means that win number 69 will come today against the Rockies.