Just when you think the home-run streak had to end, Fernando Tatis Jr. eeked out a bit more magic as the star shortstop recorded his fifth home in the last three games, helping to spur life into a Padres team that entered the seventh inning facing a six-run deficit.
But over the game’s final three innings, the Friars rattled off six-straight runs capped off by Manny Machado’s RBI single to drive in Tatis which forced the contests into extra innings. The intense, yet uber-entertaining matchup finally came to a close in the bottom of the 11th when the Dodgers couldn’t answer Eric Hosmer’s go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the inning. The Padres walked away with the 8-7 victory and currently hold the season record over Los Angeles by a mark of 4-3.
Joe Musgrove did not have the outing he would have liked as the hometown-starter struck out four in three innings before getting pulled after allowing the Dodgers’ second run of the game. Craig Stammen replaced him and pitched two hitless innings with three K’s. Tim Hill and Mark Melancon combined to allow zero hits in extras with three strikeouts between them.
Hill deserves a little extra love for his efforts on Sunday night as he struck out the final two batters with the bases loaded in a moment where L.A. could have easily broken the game wide open.
The Dodgers’ Dustin May had the best day of any pitcher, hitting double-digit strikeouts and allowing one run through six innings.
Hosmer and Victor Caratini both led the Padres with a pair of RBIs while Tatis led the Friars with four total runs scored, including the tying and game-winning run in extras.
The Padres deservingly get the day off as they travel to Arizona for a short two-game series against the Diamondbacks. The game is schedule for a 6:40 p.m. start with Chris Paddack (1-2, 3.50 ERA) getting the start against Merrill Kelly (1-2, 7.71 ERA).