Friday may have only been two days ago, but for the Padres, it might as well have been three years ago. Eric Lauer picked up his first big league win by shutting down the Dodgers for six innings, and his equally lights-out bullpen had his back. Eric was the name of the day, as Eric Hosmer stayed hot with a two-run bomb off Tony Cingrani.
Hosmer’s shot was the first scoring play of the day, but not the last. Travis Jankowski led off the seventh with his second triple in two days, and Franchy Cordero brought him home with a line drive single to left. Cordero was swinging a hot bat today, and we’re talking caliente. The rookie was 3 for 4 today, raising his average to .272 and his OPS to .871.
After Cordero put the cherry on top for the offense, Kirby Yates and Brad Hand added some final flourishes from the bullpen. While Yates allowed a hit and a walk in the eighth, he struck out the side to hold the Dodgers scoreless. Hand was even more dominant in the ninth, striking out three batters on 17 pitches to secure his ninth save of the year.
The Friars return home to face the Nationals tomorrow evening. Two-time Padre Tyson Ross will have the first pitch at 7:10 PM as he faces native son Stephen Strasburg.