So, that was something. Raise your hand if you predicted anything close to that game? No, put your hand down. Don’t lie.
In true 2020 fashion, the Padres caught everyone off guard with an offensive explosion in a 9-5 series-clinching victory over the Diamondbacks. This one included six home runs, including two from Manny Machado and another by Fernando Tatis Jr. to increase his streak to four-straight games of going deep.
Machado got the Padres on the board in the opening inning with his first home in the month of August. His last came against the Giants on July 30. Wil Myers went yard later in the inning with a two-run shot, capitalizing on Ty France being walked on the prior plate appearance.
Dinelson Lamet was masterful on Sunday evening, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing Arizona on the board with a solo home run by RF Kole Calhoun. He finished with one hit allowed and 11 strikeouts. Patino, one of the Padres’ top prospects, made his second major league appearance since being called up earlier last week. He allowed two hits with three Ks and four walks.
After a single by Jurickson Profar to start the inning, Tatis and Machado went yard one after the other in the second, bringing the score to 6-0 with the game still in its’ early moments. Then in the third, Ty France began the inning with the game’s fifth home run. Two batters later, Profar was got hit by a pitch and then Francisco Mejia put a cap on San Diego’s scoring with the team’s sixth home run.
It was a horrid night for Madison Bumgarner (0-3) who lasted all but two innings before being pulled. He ended the afternoon allowing five hits, six runs, four home runs, with a pair of strikeouts.
The Padres travel to Los Angeles tomorrow to do battle once again with the Dodgers in a four-game series that could go a long way in painting the final picture of the NL West. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.