Chris Paddack was yanked after the first two innings in which he allowed eight runs to the Nationals who took advantage of that early momentum and turned it into 15 total runs on the night. That amount is a season-high allowed by San Diego this season and the Friars’ five runs they managed to score paled in comparison to Washington’s offensive early offensive onslaught.
The Nationals kicked off their 10-run stretch through the first four innings with a three-run homer by All-Star Juan Soto in the opening period. They would go on to score four runs in the second, two runs in the third, and capped it off with a lone run in the fourth. The Padres stopped the bleeding for two innings and managed to put up a pair of runs through the fifth and sixth, but the Nats tacked on five more during the final two innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Trent Grisham recorded a two-run deep shot and Victor Caratini drove in a run, as well, but that was all she wrote in this one.
Three different Nationals players put up three RBIs, including Soto, Starlin Castro, and Josh Harrison.
Nabil Crismatt took over for Paddack in the third, going five innings while allowing just one run off two hits with a pair of walks. Nick Ramirez pitched the final two innings and allowed four runs off six hits with one strikeout.
The Padres will go for a share of the series in game four tonight. Opening pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.65 ERA) will be on the mound against Max Scherzer (7-4, 2.10 ERA).