On July 27th, the Padres took on the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd of a 3-game series at home. The Giants have been red hot since the All-Star break, they went from not being in the conversation to second in the National League West. After an extra inning battle that ended in a loss last night, San Diego was in need of some good news tonight.
The Padres needed a strong showing from their pitching staff and finally got one. Cal Quantrill got the start and threw 5.1 innings giving up 3 hits and the Giants only run of the night. Criag Stammen came in to finish out the 6th retiring both batters he faced. Michel Baez saw 1.1 innings paving the way for Matt Strahm to close out the game. This outing really showed what the Padres are capable of when the pitching staff keeps them in the game.
At the plate, the Padres were able to take the lead and hold onto it all night, which is a nice change of pace from the last few outings. Wil Myers got the scoring started in the bottom of the 4th with an RBI double. In the 5th inning Cal Quantrill helped his team out on offense by drawing a walk and was driven in by a 2-run homer off the bat of Fernado Tatis Jr, his 17th of the year. The Padres tacked on a few more runs in the 6th after Greg Garcia got a pinch-hit RBI single bringing home Wil Myers and Luis Urias. For the first time in what feels like forever, San Diego had a little bit of breathing room going into the later innings of the ball game.
Final score: Padres 5-1