Asuaje Leads Padres To Third Straight Win

Rookie jump-starts San Diego offense in Cleveland

San Diego’s offense appeared to be stuck in neutral halfway through Wednesday’s game in Cleveland.

But thanks to Carlos Asuaje and Jose Pirela, the Padres got back on track against Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

Asuaje collected two RBI singles and a double to help the Padres build a 4-2 lead.

Pirela also added three hits, including a RBI triple off the right-centerfield wall in the fifth inning.

Cory Spangenberg provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

That capped the scoring and proved to be enough firepower to help Luis Perdomo and the bullpen close out the Padres third straight victory, 6-2.

Throughout the evening, Asuaje also showed some defensive prowess. He helped turn two double plays and collected seven putouts on grounders to the right side of the infield.

The Indians tried to rally, but Hunter Renfroe saved a run from scoring in the eighth inning when he gunned out Jose Ramirez after a single by Yan Gomes.

Cleveland never threatened again.

Perdomo worked five innings and allowed only two runs (one earned).

The right-hander struck out four batters and tiptoed around nine hits to improve to 4-4 on the year.

Rookie pitcher Phil Maton continued his dominance racking up three more strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings.

After that, Padres All-Star Brad Hand and teammate Craig Stammen finished the last two frames to keep the Indians at bay.

Friars rookie Dinelson Lamet toes the rubber Thursday when the visitors try to finish off a sweep.

Cleveland will send Josh Tomlin to the mound for the first pitch which is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.

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