The Padres basically couldn’t hit today. The offense picked up just five hits all night, and four of those were singles. And they only drew one walk while fanning eight times. But there is a bright spot: Joey Lucchesi now has a batting average above zero. That’s right, the rookie picked up his first big league knock today, a lone bright spot in an otherwise frustrating game.
The Friars did manage to strike first today, thanks to Joey Fuego. He hit his single with one out in the third, and then sped all the way past second and into third base when Travis Jankowski singled to right. Carlos Asuaje grounded out after that, but Lucchesi crossed the plate to put the good guys up one-zip.
That lead held until the sixth, when Joey ran into trouble. He started the frame with a walk, but bounced back to punch out David Peralta. It was the last out the starter would record. Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back singles to load the bases, and then Lucchesi beaned A.J. Pollock to tie the game. That was enough for Andy Green, who called in Adam Cimber to stop the bleeding. Cimber did an admirable job, getting out of a bases loaded, one out situation with only one more runner scoring.
But that run was all Arizona needed, as the Padres were completely ineffective at the plate. The snakes got one more off of Craig Stammen in the eighth, though he almost escaped a leadoff double without injury.
Tyson Ross will try to secure a series split tomorrow evening. First pitch at 7:10 PM.