It was a good day for firsts as the Padres take the win in the second of their two games against the Mariners. Vedder cup victory has been secured, and Luis Urías started showing off what else he could do.
For the second time in a row Padres pitching was on fire. Despite being doinked in the dong, Joey Lucchesi went 6.2 innings and had 9 strikeouts, allowing just a single run, two walks, and six hits. The bullpen sans Colten Brewer also shut things down, pinning the Mariners to just 3 runs for the day.
Meanwhile the Pads were racking up runs, and across 13 hits would score 8 times. It started in the first with a Eric Hosmer RBI single followed by a Hunter Renfroe sac fly. Manuel Margot absolutely demolished his 7th homer of the season in the second, and in the third Luis Urías got his first MLB hit (a smacked liner to right field.) Hunter Renfroe then collected some more RBI with a 2-run homer scoring Urías and Hosmer.
With the Pads now up 6-1 in the 3rd, Lucchesi added some insurance with a sac fly. For even more insurance, Margot knocked an RBI-double. The Padres were up 8-1, and didn’t look back. Renfroe had a 4 RBI day. Urías, Hosmer, and Margot all had 3 hits a piece. Urías was also thoroughly robbed of his first MLB home run, which should have been confirmed in replay, but was instead overturned and ruled a foul ball.
Still: the Padres looked better than ever, and the 2018 Vedder Cup belongs to San Diego.