The Padres and the Indians went back-and-forth Thursday afternoon on a beautiful day out in Peoria Stadium. San Diego got some early momentum from a pair of homers in the second and fourth by Wil Myers and Eri Hosmer, repectively, but it was Jorge Mateo’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that was the different in this one as the Friars walked away with the 5-4 spring win.
Joe Musgrove was the Padres’ starting pitcher, working a rare three innings and allowing four hits, two runs, with one strikeout. Mason Fox and Nabil Crismatt combined to close out the final two innings, allowing a lone hit and striking out three.
Offensively, Myers and Hosmer both went yard and combined to go 4-of-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Myers’ home run was his second in three games while Hosmer’s was his second over the past four outings.
Down 4-3 in the final inning, Cleveland pitcher Robert Broom walked the first two batters, setting up Wynston Sawyer for the game-tying RBI-single that he shot right through center field. After Sawyer was replaced by Ivan Castillo on the bases, Castillo managed to steal second which then put him in perfect position to score off the Mateo sac fly.
The Padres (5-6) will take on the Athletics (5-5) tomorrow at 12:05 p.m.