On Tuesday Night the Padres took on the Philadelphia Phillies, in the second of a three-game series. Last night the Padres came out swinging, but one player in particular racked up half of the Padres 8 runs with one swing of the bat. After hitting his first grand slam in a Padres uniform, Manny Machado’s bat was a little quieter in tonight’s game.
Chris Paddack led the team into the fifth inning, ending with 91 pitches total, 65 strikes and only 4 strikeouts. After a single by Bryce Harper and a rare defensive error by Machado the Sheriff was able to retire Rhys Hoskins on an infield pop fly. Andy Green then turned to his bullpen, brining in Brad Wieck who quickly gave up a single. With loaded bases, Jay Bruce was set up for his second homer of the day and a grand slam for the Phillies.
Franmil Reyes tacked on two homeruns, bringing his season total to 19. This puts him safely back in the team lead for most homeruns this season. Breathing some hope back into the thinning crowd, Eric Hosmer took the Phillies deep to left center for a two-run shot, bringing the Padres back within 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Even with the late game theatrics, the 10 hits and 6 runs were not enough to edge out the Phillies, who now lead the National League East.
Coming off last nights 8-2 loss, the Phillies must have been looking toward Bryce Harper to get their offense back on track. However, the headlines in Philadelphia will be all about Jay Bruce who put up two homeruns including one grand slam in the 5th inning. Bruce batted in 6 of the 9 runs the Phillies put on the board.
Final score: Phillies 9-6