The Washington Nationals are in town, and they brought dingers.
Tyson Ross was torn apart after 6 innings, giving up 2 home runs, 5 earned runs, and 6 walks. He was tagged by Trea Turner in the top of the 1st for a solo HR and Matt Adams in the top of the 6th for a 2-run HR. Adams would go on to hit another (3-run) HR in the 7th, off Padres reliever Matt Strahm, capping the Nationals at 8 runs.
In response, the Padres kept chipping away at an increasing Washington lead. Franchy Cordero plated a run in the 4th on an RBI ground-out. Carlos Asuaje popped up a sac fly to plate a second run. In the 7th, Jose Pirela hit himself an RBI single.
Some tight defense kept Bryce Harper quiet all night. A graceful catch in right field by Travis Jankowski robbed Harper of a potential extra-base hit.
Earlier in the game, Pirela ranged on a deep shift play for a seared hit from Harper, diving and making the out.
The Padres offense fired up for 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth, a Freddy Galvis RBI and a Manuel Margot RBI-single, but they fell short 3 runs, falling to the Nationals 8-5, and were kept 3-for-14 with RISP.
Clayton Richard takes the mound tomorrow against Jeremy Hellickson for game 2.