The Padres get one last taste of AT&T before the end of the 2018, and they started this final series against the Giants with a watchable game. That’s thanks to some stellar pitching from Bryan Mitchell and a peppering of offense that didn’t seem to show up much in the previous series.
Mitchell was able to last until the very last batter until Kirby Yates had to come in and finish things up with a K. Before that, however, Mitchell was dealing. He completely shut down the Giants, despite allowing 7 hits, relying on 12 groundouts and 7 strikeouts. He also leaned on some great defense, once with Margot tracking a ball nearly to the warning track with 2 on and 2 out in the 5th, and another by forcing a popout with bases loaded and 2 out in the 4th.
The Padres scored consistently, going three straight innings scoring one run. It started with Manuel Margot in the 2nd, popping off an RBI-single. Franmil Reyes knocked an RBI-single in the 3rd. Then, Jose Pirela made an appearance and smacked a solo HR in the 4th.
The Pads added some insurance in the 6th with a Hunter Renfroe RBI-single, and a Franmil groundout RBI. With 5 runs, Yates snuck in his 11th save of the season with a single strikeout and the Padres avoided a bad start to one of the last few games of the season.
Robbie Erlin will get the follow up tomorrow at 7:15PM, bringing in his fantastic 6.66 ERA.