These guys can pitch
One day after Eric Lauer started the season with six scoreless innings, and the undefeated San Diego Padres held the hapless San Francisco Giants offense without a run the entire game, Joey Lucchesi and the bullpen almost did the same.
Final: #SFGiants 1 #Padres 4— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) March 30, 2019
Kinsler: 1-3, HR, BB
Myers: 2-4, 2B, SB
Tatis: 1-3, 2B, BB
Lucchesi: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Longoria: 1-3, HR, BB
Holland: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 Kpic.twitter.com/bvAhLVPshQ
In fact, once Robert Stock came in to put out a fire in the 6th and dominate the 7th, the Padres’ young pitching staff was already rewriting record books....
For @Padres, the most consecutive scoreless IP to start a season: 14— Bob Wehrsdorfer (@ChyronBob) March 30, 2019
March 31 - 5th Inning, April 1, 2008 vs Astros. Need a scoreless 5th tonight to tie, scoreless 6th to set new team record. Don't @ me about jinxes :)
Unfortunately, the streak is over. Phil Maton came in to try and finish a 4-0 game and gave up a HR to Evan Longoria, leaving him with the dreaded INFINITY ERA until he gets back out there and gets an out.
Kirby Yates seemed a little shaky in the 9th, coming in after Longoria’s HR, but he kept it together enough that he didn’t actually give up a run and escaped with his second save in two nights.
Myers, Tatis continue on a tear
Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. stayed hot, once again finding a way for each of them to get on base multiple times.
Myers is now hitting .667 because small sample sizes are fun, going 2-4 and scoring on a sacrifice fly from Franmil Reyes.
Tatis is now hitting .571, and managed to electrify the home crowd with his power (a near-HR to CF in his first AB) and his speed (scoring from 2B on a Manny Margot single).
Single de Margot et......1st run de Tatis Jr !— San Diego Padres FR (@SDPadresFR) March 30, 2019
While Reyes and Eric Hosmer continue searching for their first hits of the season, having Tatis batting 6th shows how tiring this lineup can be on opposing pitchers. It wasn’t long before Derek Holland looked like he was frustrated facing hitter after hitter last night.
Machado gets on the board
Manny Machado was certainly trying hard to get that first hit as a member of the Padres, striking out twice on Thursday and two more times on Friday before finally connecting for hit first hit in brown-and-mustard.
After that, Machado seemed to relax, connecting on another single later in the game.