I've seen this movie before, and so have fans of the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds.
Monday night at Petco Park, the Reds Tommy Pham hit a solo home run in the top the 1st inning, giving Cincinnati a 1-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the first during Monday's game, the Padres Manny Machado hit a 2-run homer as the second batter in the Padre order, giving San Diego a 2-1 lead.
With the scene still fresh in everyone's mind, it played out again during Tuesday night's game.
Tuesday at Petco Park, Pham once again connected for a solo home run in the first to put Cincinnati ahead 1-0. Then, in the bottom of the inning, Machado once again batting in the second slot, once again hit a 2-run homer to once again put San Diego ahead 2-1.
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Two different games, two different night's, basically the same results, it's Major League Baseball's version of Groundhog Day.
For Machado this was his 3rd homer of the season, with all 3 coming in this opening homestand.
Padre batters tacked on a few more runs and turned it over to starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.
Musgrove had his 3rd consecutive solid start this season, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 7 batters. For the season, Musgrove's ERA is 1.89 and he's pitched 6 plus innings in his first 3 starts for the first time in his career.
The Padres won the game 6-2 improving their record to 8-5.
The Padres and Reds conclude their 3-game series Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park. Will we see another "deja vu" Pham, Machado start? We'll see, but odds are against it.