Mike Clevinger recorded his first win as a member of the Padres thanks in part to a grand slam by Wil Myers in the opening inning which helped route the Rockies 14-5 on Tuesday night.
At the intersection of WilVille and Slam Diego. #PadresWin pic.twitter.com/m4j8egNlpz— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 9, 2020
Clevinger (1-1) got off to a very rough start when he let up a three-run homer to 3B Nolan Arenado to give the Rockies an early lead. However, he responded exactly how you would want your ace to rebound. He did allow one more run, but he K’d eight and walked just one in what turned into a slugfest for the Friars.
The trio of Manny Machado, Austin Nola, and Myers were not going to let another Clevinger start get spoiled.
In truly unusual fashion, Colorado’s starter Chi Chi Gonzalez walked his first three batters before striking out Mitch Moreland. Incredibly, he hit Nola during the next at-bat which gave the Padres their first run of the evening. Then, Myers personified the team moniker of “Slam Diego” and sent one one out over the wall to elevate them to a 5-3 lead.
Episode VII: The Slam Awakens#SlamDiego #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/CZGsua8JTd— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 9, 2020
The runs didn’t stop there, by any means.
After a Trent Grisham single and a Fernando Tatis Jr. getting walked, Machado cracked a double over third base to score runners on base. Moreland followed that up with a base hit before Nola clocked his second home run since being acquired by San Diego for a three-run shot. One inning later, Machado was at it again with a RBI single. He finished the game 3-of-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
Big Inning, Big Easy.#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/RIIBmtSY8A— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 9, 2020
The Rockies would put up a run each in the fifth and the sixth inning but that was all she wrote for Colorado on the night.
A second Myers home run and some efficient hitting by Jurickson Profar (double) and Grisham (sac fly) in the seventh inning pushed the Padres lead to an insurmountable nine runs.
The Padres will go for the series sweep this evening at Petco Park. Start time is a tad earlier at 5:10pm. Zach Davis (6-2) will be back on the mound for San Diego and he’ll face 25-year old righty Antonio Senzatela (3-1).