Jhoulys Chacin tossed seven shutout innings and Austin Hedges came up with a big two run home run in the bottom of the eighth as the San Diego Padres continued their streak of hot baseball, winning 3-0 against the Twins Tuesday night.
In a game that was dominated by pitching most of the way, the Padres came up with the big hit at the right time, with Manuel Margot delivering an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of sixth to put the Padres up for good, 1-0.
On the other side of things, Jose Berrios rebounded nicely, going seven innings and allowing only two hits and one run while striking out four. Berrios actually carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but a leadoff infield single by Hunter Renfroe ended the bid later in the inning. Even though it took them six frames to get to Berrios, Chacin matched him pitch for pitch, only allowing three hits and getting out of multiple jams in the seventh inning en route to his 11th win of the season. The performance lowered his ERA at home to a sensational 1.86. Finally, Brad Hand ran his scoreless streak to 20 1/3 innings after picking up the save Tuesday, which is now the longest active streak in the big leagues. The Padres will go for the mini-sweep this afternoon.
Probables: Ervin Santana RHP (11-7, 3.37 ERA) vs. Luis Perdomo (5-5, 4.76 ERA)
Wednesday’s game sees Twins ace and workhorse Ervin Santana take on Padres second year starter Luis Perdomo, who will try to guide the Padres to a two game sweep of Minnesota, and their sixth win in their last seven games. Yet, in his four starts against the Padres, Ervin Santana, looks to thwart those plans, owns a 1.69 ERA. Granted, he hasn’t started against San Diego since 2014 when he was with Atlanta.
Looking to continue his hot play is Austin Hedges, who went two for three last night with aforementioned two run home run that gave the Padres a little extra cushion. Hedges’ homer was his 14th on the year, which ranks him tied for 3rd in the National League and tied for 5th in the Majors among catchers. Finally, Wil Myers will try to break out of this prolonged slump he has been in lately. He was hitless in three at-bats last night, striking out twice and lining out to third in his final plate appearance. Additionally, Myers has looked somewhat lost on the field lately as he also made a mental error in the field last night during a bunt situation. Hopefully, he gets it going this afternoon in the Padres throwback pinstripes.