Today’s Tony Gwynn opener was a polar opposite of yesterday’s game in almost every way. The bats were on fire, but the defense and pitching struggled. Instead of trailing for innings, the Padres secured an early lead. The one thing they had in common? A notch in the “L” column.
Joey Lucchesi looked solid enough in his big league debut. It wasn’t one for the history books, but he kept the Friars in the game for the better part of five innings. The offense had his back, too. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Freddy Galvis hit a leadoff single to start the second. Cory Spangenberg and Austin Hedges followed up with back-to-back bombs off old friend Jhoulys Chacin.
San Diego added another in the fourth on a beanball, walk, error, and single, but that was erased when the Brewers small-balled their way to a run in the fifth. The Friars managed to manufacture a couple more runs in the seventh and eighth, thanks to RBI doubles from Carlos Asuaje and Eric Hosmer.
That set up Brad Hand to close things out, and he had a solid three-run lead to work with when he took the mound in the ninth. That seemed safe, but then the first four batters reached safely (three singles and an error by Hand). Another run scored when Lorenzo Cain grounded out, leaving the Padres with a one run lead and two outs to go. Hosmer showed off his Gold Glove when he gunned down Orlando Arcia at home for the second out, but there was no glove that could have stopped the three run bomb that Ryan Braun delivered to left field to end the game.
The Padres will try to avoid a sweep behind Luis Perdomo tomorrow. First pitch at 5:40 PM.