On July 30th, the Padres took on the Baltimore Orioles for the second of their two-game series. After a great showing from the whole team last night, hopes were high that the boys could keep the ball rolling against the struggling Orioles.
Once again, the pitching staff was the deciding factor in todays game. Dinelson Lamet got the start and looked strong through the first 3 innings. However, in the 4th the wheels started to fall off after Lamet gave up three runs. Lamet ended his day throwing 88 pitches over 5 innings giving up 3 runs off of 5 hits. Criag Stammen took care of the 6th inning and then things got out of hand when Matt Strahm gave up two runs in the 7th and was charged with all three runs scored in the 8th inning. Michel Baez got the last 1.1 innings of the game, but the damage was already done.
The Padres got out of the gate early with Fernando Tatis Jr hitting another lead off homer. Then with one out, Manny Machado smashed his 26th homer of the season. Eric Hosmer was driven home on an RBI double off the bat of Wil Myers. In the bottom of the 3rd Machado scored off a, Francisco Mejia, force out. Then in the 5th, Mejia did well to beat out an infield hit with two outs. His hustle down out of the batter’s box allowed Franmil Reyes to score from third base. Unfortunately, that was the extent of the Padres scoring, as they went 2-10 with RISP and left 7 runners on base.
San Diego has the day off tomorrow, before they head into a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Final score: Baltimore 8-5