The Padres have only been swept in a series twice this season and the most recent one came via the hands of the Cubs earlier this month. In their first game against each other since, the Friars offense showed up in a big way, rattling off nine runs (their most this month) en route to thwarting the Cubs 9-4 on Monday night in Petco Park.
Newly reinstated Brian O’grady and Manny Machado were far-and-away your offensive MVPs from last night. Both finished with a team-high three RBIs and both also went yard on the night. O’Grady’s was a 407-footer over the centerfield wall while Machado’s went 352 over the right field fence. Eric Hosmer also drove in a pair of runs, including the game’s opening points.
Ryan Weathers pitched an even five and finished with four K’s and three runs allowed. Miguel Diaz and Emilio Pagan both struck out two in their respective innings.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead through three, the Cubs were able to get within one following a productive fourth inning. The Padres put up two more runs in the sixth but never got closer than 6-4 the rest of the way. After three more runs in the bottom of the eighth, this one was all but over.
The Padres are right back in Petco tonight for another 7:00 a.m. start time. Former Padre Zach Davies (203, 4.94 ERA) will be on the mound for Chicago while the Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 2.50 ERA) will get the start for San Diego.