The Padres got off to a smooth start on Friday afternoon as Fernando Tatis Jr. went yard on a full count in the game’s first at-bat. Top prospect C.J. Abrams hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth, as well, but the Friars couldn’t hang on as they fell 5-4 to the A’s.
Tatis, after taking the previous two games off, finished two-of-three at the plate with the home run. Infielder Bryan O’Grady was also efficient, going two-of-two on the day.
Chris Paddack started on the mound for San Diego and finished with one strikeout with an earned run allowed through three innings. In fact, Paddack was the only Padres pitcher to record a K the entire day. 25-year old Evan Miller took the loss after allowing three runs in the seventh. Oakland’s go-ahead runs were sent in by outfielder Buddy Reed on a two-RBI single to right field.
The Padres (5-7) will be back at Peoria Stadium tomorrow to take on the D-backs (4-7) at 12:10 p.m.