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Two home runs isn't enough for a win

Padres only use three pitchers in first game of the series

MLB: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

On July 19, The Padres took on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, The Padres couldn’t grab the win, but it was a close game.

For once, I am very impressed with the pitching staff today. We managed to only use 3 of our pitchers and not give up a bunch of runs. Starting on the mound today was Eric Lauer who threw 4.2 innings. Although he gave up 5 runs, The Padres were able to keep up with their own runs. Lauer threw 85 pitches total and 51 strikes. Following Lauer was Luis Perdomo who pitched 2.1 innings with four strike outs. Perdomo didn’t allow any hits or any runs which is what The Padres really needed. Craig Stammen has had some tough games in the past (who hasn’t) but Andy Green has a lot of faith in him, and he often pull through. Today was one of those days. Although he did give up a run in the 8th inning, I am a proud Padres fan today.

Unsurprisingly, Manny Machado hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. Francisco Mejia doubled in the 5th, allowing Franmil Reyes to score. In the top of the 8th, when the game started to get really good, one of our favorite rookies, Josh Naylor hit a home run.

The Padres lost the game 5-6, but they have another chance to show the cubs what they’ve got tomorrow.

Final score 5-6 Cubs.