It was a record setting day for the San Diego Padres. Manny Machado hit a 2 run homer in the 1st inning to break the single season team record of 189 home runs. The record now sits at 190 and counting.
Yes, there are 33 games left.
Joey Fuego threw 5 innings of 1 run ball to pickup the victory. Fuego (Lucchesi) tossed just 73 pitches in what has unfortunately become the norm for starting pitchers in today’s game. Given his struggles the 3rd time through the lineup, you can’t fault Andy Green for making the call. It also helps that it worked.
The combo of Stammen, Perdomo, Munóz and Yates stifled the Red Sox for 4 innings to preserve the win. They combined to give up just 1 hit while striking out 6.
J.D Martinez went deep in the 4th for the only Sox run. He hit 3 bombs and drove in 8 runs in the series.
Brian Johnson lasted just 3 innings in his 6th start back from his stint on the IL. He’s given up 12 ER in just 15 innings since that time.
The hated Dodgers come to town for a 3 game set Monday night. The Dodgers are “narrowly” leading the division by 20.5 games. They also have the best record in the majors. That said, it’s always competitive when they come to town.
Eric Lauer will take the mound in the opener for the boys.