Lucchesi was not very good
Some days you just don’t have it. Today, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi didn’t have it. In 4 innings, he game up 9 hits, including a bunch of home runs:
At one point, Lucchesi and the Padres had a 6-0 lead before giving it up and losing 7-6 to the Washington Nationals.
Tatis gets injured
In the bottom of the 10th, doing a split to try and get the out at second base, Fernando Tatis Jr. injured his leg. At first thought, it looked like a pulled hamstring.
The bad news, of course, is that Tatis has been incredible and it’d be bad for the Padres to lose him.
The good news is that, with Manny Machado on the roster, the team has a starting-caliber shortstop on the roster already. Just a couple of plays after Tatis’ injury, Machado proved that he still has the old shortstop instincts and made a terrific defensive play.
With Ty France on the roster, but not getting much chance to get in the game beyond pinch-hitting situations so far, a spell without Tatis would probably be spelled by Machado at SS and France at 3B.
Hosmer stays hot
Eric Hosmer has figured something out, and over the last week he’s been putting up much better overall numbers along with flashing some impressive power.
This was his third HR in the last seven games:
No more Kinsler!
Ian Kinsler’s struggles this season, along with Andy Green’s dedication to the veteran, have been well-documented here.
It finally came to a head today, with San Diego native Greg Garcia getting the start at 2B in Kinsler’s place.
Garcia went 1-4 with a walk and a home run before being replaced by Kinsler in a double-switch.
It’s going to be hard to argue that Garcia doesn’t deserve at least a few more starts after that one.