The Friars kept things a little bit closer this round against the Nationals, instead dropping their 2nd game in the 9th inning. For most of the night it was a mound battle featuring a pair of home runs until the Nats took the game in walkoff fashion.
Eric Lauer stayed on pace with his counterpart, Jeremy Hellickson, Lauer going 6 full innings to Hellickson’s 5.1. Lauer led the night with 7 strikeouts, relegating Washington’s scoring to a solo HR from Bryce Harper. Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates also pitched shutout ball with a strikeout a piece.
It wasn’t until the Padres brought in Matt Strahm that the Nats would score their fatal final run. Strahm, who had put up mostly scoreless innings all month, made Michael A. Taylor the hero giving up an RBI-double. Coincidentially, the last time Strahm gave up an earned run was a 3-run HR from Matt Adams back in the beginning of the month against the Nats.
Franchy Cordero kept the game interesting hitting yet another monstrous 449 ft. home run into the core of the seats in right field. That’s Franchy’s 7th home run of the season and an MLB-leading 4th 440+ home run.
The Pads skid to their 30th loss of the season, but will get one more chance to take one against the Nats with Tyson Ross tomorrow.