81 games away from San Diego later, and the Padres end on a win. The Pads on the road have been just marginally more successful than at home, with a 35-46 record, and overall were 8-11 against the Giants in 2018. Four of those wins at home, and four of those wins at AT&T, counting tonight.
For tonight’s win, Luis Perdomo locked down just three innings to set up the rest of the pitching staff. He collected 4 strikeouts before leaving the game, and held the Giants to only 3 hits, ending the 1-2-3 second inning on a strikeout. Brad Wieck, Miguel Diaz, Matt Strahm, Trey Wingenter, and Kirby Yates all pitched in for scoreless innings as well.
By the end of the night the Giants would only score two runs off Jose Castillo, a lone 2-run HR from Aramis Garcia in the seventh inning off a slider. The Pads pitching racked up 10 strikeouts and stranded runners in scoring position all three times they popped up.
The Padres’ bats did just enough to record the W, starting with a sac fly from Wil Myers in the third inning. He brought home Freddy Galvis, who reached third on a triple. Galvis continues a good September and went 2-for-4 tonight. He also was in the box when Casey Kelley decided to twitch and balk home Travis Jankowski.
Speaking of Jankowski, he pulled a floating homer just into Levi’s Landing, giving the Pads their 3-0 lead and keeping them ahead. That was Jankowski’s fourth homer of the year, highlighting a solid night going 3-for-4: a double short of a cycle.
Yates cruised in the 9th, slamming the door and recording his 12th save of the season. The Pads take the series, having avoided Madison Bumgarner who will be joining the fun against the Dodgers as they look to yank them short of the finish line to the postseason.
The final series of the 2018 season will come after a Thursday off while the Padres On Deck game is conducted. The Friars return to Petco Park on Friday, closing out against the Diamondbacks.
Keep the faith.