On July 17th the Padres took the field against the Miami Marlins for the second of a three-game series. Coming out of the All-Star break the Padres have gone 0-4 and dropped to .479 on the season. After the surge to get into the wildcard race leading up to the break, we all had high hopes for the second half of the season. Unfortunately, the pitching staff has continued to struggle.
The San Diego pitching staff has been hit or miss at best, they either have an amazing outing or are an absolute train wreck. Luckily tonight we saw the former of the two options. Chris Paddack was on pace to through the first no-hitter in franchise history, only giving up one walk through the first 7 innings. Paddack came out and attacked the strike zone against every batter he faced, recording 7 strikeouts. Paddack wasn’t without help tonight though, as the Padres had some defensive highlights from Eric Hosmer and Hunter Renfroe. However, all great things must come to an end, as Paddack gave up a solo homerun to the first batter, he faced in the bottom of the 8th inning. After giving up the Marlins’ first hit of the night the Sheriff retired the next two batters, and then Andy Green felt it was time to hand the game to the bullpen. Craig Stammen came in and gave up Miami’s 2nd hit of the game, before striking out Jorge Alfaro to end the inning. Going into the bottom of the 9th, up 3-1, who else but the Padres All-Star, Kirby Yates got handed the ball. After a stellar night defensively, the Padres made things interesting by letting the first two Marlins to reach base on back to back throwing errors. Kirby struck out the next two batters, then gave up a base hit that scored Miguel Rojas. Now with a runner on first and third, two outs and only a one run lead, Kirby kept his composure and remind us why he is an All-Star, ending the game with his 3rd strikeout of the inning.
All of the Padres runs came in the top of the 4th inning in the form of a two-out rally. After Franmil Reyes grounded out and Hunter Renfroe struck out, Manuel Margot doubled and set the gears in motion. Greg Garcia followed Margot’s double with an RBI single to center field, and then Austin Hedges smashed a two-run shot to right center. Even though San Diego left 8 on base and went 1-8 with RISP, their three-run 4th inning proved to be enough in the end.
No matter what the score the Padres always grind until the very last pitch. Tonight, their efforts were finally rewarded, hanging on to snag their first win since the All-Star break.
Final score: Padres 3-2