On June 30th, the Padres faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals for the last of their three-game series. San Diego came into the game looking to sweep the Cardinals, but the Padres couldn’t hang on and took an extra inning loss.
Today was a great example of why I love the game of baseball. On any given day either team can walk away with a victory, unfortunately today that worked against us. The game really left us with no one to blame, as the pitching staff had another relatively solid performance. Joey Lucchesi made it through 5.1 innings only giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. The Padres bullpen saw Luis Perdomo, Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, Cal Quantrill and Brad Wieck take the hill in what ended up being an 11-inning game. Stammen gave up the tying run in the 8th inning and Weick gave up what would be the game winning two run homer in the 11th inning. Even with the loss the Padres have to be happy with how their pitching staff has handled the last few games.
Offensively the Padres jumped out to a two-run lead in the 1st inning after Manny Machado hit a line drive 2 run homer to left center. After that things started to quiet down for the Padres. In the bottom of the 5th Eric Hosmer drove in Fernando Tatis Jr. for the Padres only other run of the game. A big difference in the Padres play today was their inability to get the job done with runners on base. They ended up leaving 9 runners on base and went 1-5 with RISP.
You hate to see the Padres lose any game, but all in all the boys had a great series and are inching their way back into a wild card spot. Logan Allen is scheduled to take the hill tomorrow to open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. Logan will be looking to take his third straight win since getting the call to the majors.
Final score: Cardinals 5-3