The Padres defeated the New York Mets 6-3 last night, behind timely hitting, some strong pitching performances, and stellar defense. Manuel Margot went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in the second. After tripling in the third, he’d come around to score on a Wil Myers double. A bases loaded triple by Luis Torrens in that third inning would provide all the runs they would need to put the Mets away.
Jhoulys Chacín looked sharp in his last start before the trade deadline, going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out five, and looked to be in some hot water after loading the bases with one out in the sixth. Manager Andy Green opted to bring in reliever Buddy Baumann, who would retire Lucas Duda on a line out but then walk Jose Reyes to bring home the second run of the game for New York. Craig Stammen was called in to get the Padres out of the jam, and on a hot grounder up the middle by former Friar René Rivera, Allen Córdoba came up big, laying out and jumping back up to fire over to first to retire the side.
This was the cherry on top of the defensive sundae, as all three outfielders (Margot, Jabari Blash, and Hunter Renfroe) made star-hanging plays on the night.
Kirby Yates, despite giving up a solo homer to Wilmer Flores (his 11th of the year), looked solid, striking out Yoenis Céspedes and Jay Bruce in the 8th, then getting Duda to ground out to end the frame. Brad Hand retired the side in order in the 9th, striking out Travis d’Arnaud to end the game, notching his fourth save of the season.
The Padres weren’t the only team to claim victory last night. On to the farm…
Tri-City Solid in 5-0 Victory
Dust Devils starter Henry Henry had another great outing, pitching five shutout innings of four-hit ball, with a strikeout and a walk. The 18-year-old was lifted from the game after just 59 pitches, 36 of which were strikes. Dalton Erb and Trevor Megill provided four innings of scoreless relief, as they defeated the Vancouver Canadians 5-0.
After only piecing together four hits the previous game, the offense exploded for ten hits. Justin Lopez, Luis Almanzar, and Luis Anguizola each had multi-hit performances, with Lopez netting his 12th double and Anguizola a 3-RBI triple.
Kelly = Quality
The Chihuahuas survived a Carter Capps 9th inning meltdown to hold on to a 7-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs. Michael Kelly scattered eight hits in six innings, allowing three runs while striking out seven. Only two of the hits were for extra bases (both doubles), and while his ERA is still 5.86, he’s had three good outings out of five in his Triple-A outings thus far. Brad Wieck and Jason Jester added shutout innings of relief.
Kelly also helped himself on the offensive side, hitting his first double of his Triple-A career and scoring a run. Nick Buss added his 9th homer and Christian Villanueva and Chase d’Arnaud each went 2 for 4 with a walk. Franchy Cordero went 0-2 with a strikeout and a pair of walks.
TinCaps Stage 9th Inning Rally, Win In Extras
Pedro Avila had his fourth consecutive quality start, allowing two runs while striking out five and scattering seven hits for the TinCaps. Despite ending the game with eleven hits, Fort Wayne only had five entering the ninth inning. It was then that they struck, tying the score at three runs apiece on a two-RBI triple by Hudson Potts and an RBI double by Marcus Greene Jr. Greene Jr. would come around to score the game’s deciding run in the eleventh when Jack Suwinski reached on a fielding error.
Elsewhere Around the Farm
- Michael Gettys returned from the DL and Adrian De Horta gave the Storm a chance to win (5.0 IP, one unearned run, nine strikeouts), but it wasn’t enough, as Lake Elsinore fell to the Inland Empire 66ers 4-3. Gettys was 1 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in his return, and Rod Boykin added an RBI-triple. Zech Lemond allowed three runs in an inning of work.
- Eric Lauer allowed seven runs in his second consecutive outing, lasting just 3.2 innings (tied for his shortest start this season) in San Antonio’s 11-3 loss to Corpus Christi. After back-to-back walks to start off the second inning, he allowed a pair of singles and a grand slam – to the Hooks no.9 batter who is hitting .167. Josh Naylor went 1 for 4 with his second Double-A home run, and Ty France and Auston Bousfield had three hits each for the Missions. Javier Guerra extended his hit streak to five games.
- Jordy Barley went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple, and Jaquez Williams (18th round pick out of high school in 2016) went 2 for 5 with a pair of homers as the AZL Padres 1 squad defeated the AZL Reds 5-3.