In the Top of the 8th inning, Mr Clutch Hunter Renfroe hit what would be a game winning 3 run homer. He choked up and still muscled one out. Every time Renfroe comes up late in a ballgame, It reminds us of Jim Leyritz. He was Mr Clutch during the teams 98’ World Series season.
Before all of that happened, Joey Lucchesi toed the rubber for the Padres. His performance would be unforgettable.
During his post game interview, Lucchesi talked about having an attack mindset while preparing for games.
Boy, did he ever attack.
Through 4 and 1/3, he struck out 9 Blue Jays without giving up a hit. He was as dominant as we’ve ever seen him. He didn’t nibble and just threw strikes.
He made 2 mistakes all game, both of which came in the 5th. Freddy Galvis hit a 2 run homer, then Lourdes Gurriel followed up with a solo shot.
Before and after that, Lucchesi was unhittable. His final line was 6 2⁄3 3 ER and 11 K’s. It was the 2nd consecutive outing that he’s pitched into the 7th inning.
The team turned to Matt Wisler, Ronbie Erlin and Craig Stammen to close out the game. Stammen got the save. As a result, arms like Adam Warren, Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates got an extra day off. This could prove valuable over the next week as the team has a day game Monday after flying into New York Sunday night.
The Padres turn to Cal Quantrill this afternoon. He’ll be pitching in his native Canada looking for his first win. He’ll go up against veteran journeyman Edwin Jackson. Due to the Raptors hosting the Bucks in the NBA Eastern Conference finals, the game will be played at 3:07 ET