The Padres get a really good start to the series in Milwaukee by showing it’s not just the Cubs they can run double-digit scores against. San Diego combined for 14 hits and 11 runs, taking the W easily despite giving up 5 runs.
Clayton Richard didn’t have the best first inning, but he didn’t really need to. He gave up two 2-run home runs to Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas, giving the Brewers a daunting 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st. Richard would only allow one more run in the third inning, a sac fly, and the Pads were down 5-2.
Thankfully, between Trey Wingenter, Phil Maton, Matt Strahm, Craig Stammen, and Robert Stock, the Padres bullpen would put up 5 innings of no-run baseball, allowing just one hit and notching 5 strikeouts. In the meantime, over those 5 innings, the Padres were putting up some serious runs.
In the third, Manuel Margot knocked an RBI line-drive single, driving home Franmil Reyes and Cory Spangenberg. Reyes would go on to hit his 8th home run of the season in the fourth inning, then Margot would hit his 5th of the season in the fifth.
Reyes and Margot weren’t done there. In the 6th, Margot plated Reyes with a sac fly, and in the 7th Reyes gapped a left-center go-ahead RBI-double, bringing home Christian Villanueva and Freddy Galvis and breaking the then 5-5 tie.
Margot would end up getting the game ball and gold star on his hat after capping his 5-RBI night with an RBI-triple, lining the ball right over Christian Yelich’s head, freezing him in his tracks and getting Margot home on a dopey missed relay from SS Jonathan Schoop.
Oh, and Hunter Renfroe hit himself a homer tonight as well, putting the Pads at a collective 11 runs. After a scoreless first and second inning the Padres finished the game scoring 2-1-1-1-2-2-2.
On defense, Galvis had one of his trademark glove-down ranging plays, sliding into a hard-hit grounder and ranging from his knees to make a lofty but quick-enough throw to first for the first out of the inning. With 2 out and 2 on and the Pads down 5-4, Richard picked off a runner at second to end the inning. And in the 3rd, Margot chased down a floating pop fly past the warning track and into the wall to record the first out of the third inning.
The Friars closed out the night with a very well-rounded offense and defense, save that whole lopsided first inning from Richard. Tomorrow, 24-year old Brett Kennedy will get his MLB debut up against Jhoulys Chacin. Kennedy is coming off a 10-0 sub-3 ERA in El Paso.