Following up the Padres’ first no-hitter in franchise history was alway going to be a tough ask. They could have immediately lost the next game, or even went on to lose the series but dropping the next two contests.
However, the exact opposite happened.
Thanks to a stellar bullpen performance over the weekend, the Padres completed the sweep of the Rangers, topping it off with a 2-0 victory in Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.
Just two outs into the game, starter Adrian Morejon exited early with forearm/elbow strain. What followed was some outstanding performances by the Padres’ bullpen.
Craig Stammen took over for Morejon and finished with three strikeouts, allowing one hit, through three 3 1⁄3 innings. Taylor Williams and Tim Hill then went back to back innings with two K’s, apiece, before Austin Adams, Emilio Pagan, and Mark Melancon each struck out one through the game’s final three innings.
Your offensive highlights were, of course, Grisham’s 400-foot deep shot in the fourth inning and Machado’s 418-footer in the top of the ninth. Jake Cronenworth also added to his team-leading 13 hits through 10 games.
The Padres (7-3) begin another road series — this one a four-game trip — with the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6) later today. Opening pitch is scheduled for 3:35 p.m with Yu Darvish back on the mound against 33-year old Trevor Cahill.