Padres Fall But Solarte Rises to the Occasion

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The Padres may have lost the third of their four game series against the San Francisco Giants, but they did have two shining moments that were greatly acknowledged by the fans at Petco Park.

The Giants got off to a hot start early in the game when Joe Panik singled a line drive to center field scoring Buster Posey. From that point forward the Giants looked to be on the road to securing at least a series split scoring three runs in the top of the first.

Padres starting pitcher Jarred Cosart left the game after giving up those three earned runs in the first due to elbow inflammation.

The tables turned for the Padres in the bottom of the fourth, when Hunter Renfroe put the Padres back in the game giving them their first run of the night. He homered a line drive into left field. This was not only the Padres first run of the evening, it marked Renfroe’s first big league home run.

It was the moment in the bottom of the 7th inning that truly brought the crowd to their feet. It was the return from Yangervis Solarte to pinch hit for the Padres, this was his first appearance just one week after the loss of his wife Yuliett to cancer.

If coming up to bat didn’t already send a wave of emotions through Petco Park it was his single to left and his gesture to the sky that received a standing ovation from the fans and his teammates.

Following that significant moment Manuel Margot singled a ground ball to center field that advanced Travis Jankowski who scored, tying the game at six.

However after going into 10 innings the Padres were unable to cap off the game when Kevin Quackenbush struggled giving up three runs. The Giants won the third game 9-6.

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