The Padres (16-13) opened Sunday’s game with an opening-inning home run thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr. to give San Diego an early 1-0 lead over the Giants (17-11). That lead lasted all but two innings before San Francisco broke out for a four-run inning in the third, getting the best of starter Joe Musgrove en route to a 7-1 victory in Petco Park. The Friars still walk away with the series win but the loss knocks them back behind the Dodgers to third place in the division.
Musgrove finished with six strikeouts, two walks, and five earned runs through five innings of work. Keone Kela, Pierce Johnson, and Aaron Northcraft combined to fan four batters and allow one hit through the remainder of the game. However, Northcraft walked five batters, including three-straight and four total in the eighth to allow the Giants’ final run of the game.
Outfielder Mike Tauchman launched a three-run homer in the third to break the game open. Second baseman Tommy La Stella recorded an RBI-triple to bring his game total to three on the afternoon.
A win would have given the Padres some insane momentum heading into the team’s three-game series against the Pirates, but alas. The Friars get right back into another three-game road trip with the Giants after Pittsburgh comes to town.
Miguel Diaz is the expected to make his first start of the 2021 season for the Padres tonight and he’ll be facing Tyler Anderson (0-0, 1.50 ERA). Opening pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.