The Padres solidified their third win of the season and secured the opening series over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 6-2 pounding on Monday afternoon behind some hot bats in the fourth.
FINAL: #Padres 6, Dbacks 2#PadresWin #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/5Os0C6nx4V— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 27, 2020
Starter Joey Lucceshi pitched 3.2 innings and allowed five hits, two runs, and struck out two with a 4.91 ERA. RHP Cal Quantrill got the win today after striking out one and allowing a hit in little over an inning.
Arizona’s Luke Weaver got the loss after 3,2 innings where he allowed seven hits, six runs, and six strikeouts. He finished with a 16.2 ERA.
The scoring got started in the first when CF Trent Grisham, batting in the No. 2 spot again, hit a home run to deep right field.
That didn't take long!#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/3iZoMlUfHq— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 27, 2020
The Diamondbacks responded in the top of the third by scoring two runs of their own. With a runner on first, 2B Ketel Marte punched a triple to right which scored SS Nick Ahmed. On the next bat, 3B Eduardo Escobar singled to left, bringing Marte home for the 2-1 lead.
It was the bottom of the fourth when the fireworks finally popped off for San Diego. To start the inning, DH Jurickson Profar was walked and a double by OF Wil Myers put runners on second and third. With zero outs on the board, 2B Greg Garcia’s bunt somehow didn’t result in the expected out and Profar scored while Myers and Garcia were left on both corners. It took one pitch to hit C Francisco Mejia and just like that the bases were loaded.
RF Edward Olivares then recorded the second hit of his career with a single that brought another runner home and leaving the bases loaded once more. It was the phenom SS Fernando Tatis Jr. that truly opened things up when he hit a bases-clearing triple to bring the lead to 6-2.
Controlled chaos #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/9nEdhGkMVB— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 27, 2020
That lead would never be relinquished. The Padres have now scored at least five runs in three of their first four games and have themselves off to a phenomenal start in 2020.
The Padres were led offensively by Tatis Jr. who finished 2-of-4 with 3 RBIs and Grisham who got the ball rolling with his solo home run.
Garcia and Olivares also each chipped some pivotal RBIs.
The Padres travel to San Francisco to face the Giants in a three-game series starting tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. PT. San Diego has yet to announce their starting pitcher as of Monday evening.