The Padres hitters were frustrated with how they played Monday afternoon. They wanted to get to Masahiro Tanaka early and often.
Get to him, they did.
The boys got started in the Top of the 1st inning. After Garcia and Reyes reached base, Manny Machado got the scoring started with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Eric Hosmer came up next and made his presence known. Hosmer took a 1-0 pitch and drove it over the center field wall for a 3 run homer. This one was not cheap. It was 4-0 Padres after 1.
Eric Lauer was dealing early as well. After 3 shutout innings, he gave up a solo shot to Gary Sanchez in the Top of the 4th. That tied Sanchez with George Springer for an AL leading 17 home runs and cut the lead to 4-1. Lauer rebounded quickly and cruised through the next 2 innings.
The Padres weren’t done scoring though. Ty France scored on a perfectly executed safety squeeze by Greg Garcia. Garcia even beat out the throw for RBI single and make it 5-1. Garcia went 2 for 4 on the night.
Lauer ran into some issues in the bottom of the 6th giving up back to back singles. Andy Green turned the ball over to Matt Wisler to face Gary Sanchez. Wisler struck out Sanchez and got Gleyber Torres to fly out. The threat was eliminated and the book was closed on Lauer. He went 5 1⁄3 and gave up just 1 run on 4 hits. This is the 3rd consecutive start where he’s found a groove. For it to come in Yankee Stadium is even more impressive. If Lauer continues to pitch like this, the Padres will be playing important baseball come August/September.
Trouble came as the Padres bullpen faltered in the 7th. Brad Wieck, Phil Maton and Robbie Erlin all faced a batter and did not record and out. It started raining heavily, and it seemed like disaster would strike. Craig Stammen came in and gave up 2 hits, but limited the damage to 3 runs by getting Gary Sanchez to fly out with runners on the corners. It wasn’t pretty, but they closed the door when it mattered most. Stammen went 1-2-3 in the 8th to provide a little stress relief.
Kirby Yates came in to shut the door in the 9th for his 21st save. Of course, this was no conventional game. DJ LaMahieu was originally called safe at first on a double play ball, but the Padres challenged and the call was overturned to end the game.
Chris Paddack is on the hill tomorrow going for a series win.