On July 29th, San Diego took on the Baltimore Orioles in the first of a two-game series. After dropping another heartbreaker last night, the Padres came out swinging tonight, and gave the crowd something to cheer for at the Christmas in July themed game.
The Sheriff took the hill to start the game and took control of the game from the very first pitch. Chris Paddack only gave up 1 run and 2 hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Andres Munoz was the first to come out of the bullpen and gave the Padres a strong 1.2 innings. Munoz consistently blew past the Orioles with his 100+ MPH heater only giving up 2 hits, and kept the momentum going for San Diego. Robbie Erlin made quick work of the 8th but made thing interesting when he loaded the bases with one out in the 9th. Luckily Erlin was able to pitch his way out of the jam and close out the game unscathed.
The Padres jumped all over Baltimore hitting back to back dingers on the first two pitches David Hess threw. All 8 runs the Padres put on the board tonight came via the long ball. Fernando Tatis Jr and Franmil Reyes hit solo shots in the bottom of the first. Eric Hosmer had a two-run homer and Luis Urias tacked on another run with a homer of his own in the bottom of the 4th. Hosmer added some insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th with a three-run blast. The Padres were making hard contact all night scoring 8 runs off their 10 hits.
All around tonight, the Padres looked like the team we all know they could be; with a stellar outing on the mound, strong defensive plays, and a powerhouse of an offense, the Friar Faithful got to go home happy.
Final score: Padres 8-1