Chris Paddack coasted through the first 2 innings of Monday nights game before finding some trouble in the 3rd. What separates the good from the great is what happened next. Paddack gave up a run, but he got out of deep trouble to limit the damage. Instead of the Padres chasing a multi run lead as they have been in previous games, Paddack stopped the bleeding.
He wouldn’t that type of resistance throughout the rest of his outing. Paddack threw 6 innings of 1 run ball. He gave up 5 hits and struck out 7. Par for the course. He did what an ace is supposed to do and got the job done.
Franmil Reyes came through with an opposite field laser for a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 6th. It was all the run support the Friars would need.
In the top half of the 7th, Adam Warren escaped a bases loaded jam in what was the D-backs best chance to steal one. They didn’t, and they wouldn’t threaten again.
Kirby Yates was perfect yet again and got his 18th save in as many chances.
The Padres turn to Matt Strahm at 7:10 PT to try and win the series. He’ll be opposed by veteran Zack Greinke. Greinke has had a solid start to the year. He’s sitting at 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA. Strahm hasn’t given up more than 2 ER since April 1st. That stretches over 7 starts, so expect a fun pitchers duel tonight.