The Padres wasted no time Saturday afternoon, scoring early and often against the Blue Jays. They exploded for 20 hits and 7 homers on the day en route to a 19-4 win. The 7 home runs is a single game franchise record. The previous record was set by the 1998 team (hint hint)
Josh Naylor recorded his 1st major league hit and RBI in the 1st inning to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back to back to give the boys a 3-0 lead.
After a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homer in the bottom of the 2nd, the Friars would strike back in the Top of the 4th. Austin Hedges hit a Grand Slam to extend the lead to 7-1. Justin Smoak would hit a 2 run shot in the bottom half to cut the lead down to 7-3.
From there, it was got out of hand. The Padres would score 3, 2, 2 and 5 between the 5th and the 8th. Hunter Renfroe and Wil Myers both went deep twice, while Eric Hosmer joined the fun with a solo shot of his own. All told, the boys would hit 7 long balls on the day. An unbelievable offensive performance from a team that just a week ago was in a deep slump.
Cal Quantrill earned the 1st win of his young career as well. He went 6 innings and gave up 3 ER. He also struck out 9 in a mostly dominant outing. He will be an extremely important arm for the team this year, so it’s exciting to see him break out. It’s fitting that the first win of his career comes in Canada, where he was born.
The team has now won 5 in a row and sit 4 games over .500. They improved to 11-11 in the month of May.
Chris Paddack will take the mound tomorrow afternoon looking to complete their 2nd consecutive sweep. Game time is 1:07 ET.