The Padres started a nine game homestand with the first of four games against the New York Mets at Petco Park Monday night. Before the game the Friars finalized a multi-player trade with the Kansas City Royals. San Diego sent local product Trevor Cahill and relievers Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer to the Royals. In exchange the Padres received veteran pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm, as well as 18-year-old infielder Esteury Ruiz.
One player who is still with the club is lefty Clayton Richard who was on the bump for the Friars. He faced New York righty pitcher Jacob deGrom.
The Mets got on the board first when Wilmer Flores homered in the second inning. The Metropolitans added three more runs and held the Padres scoreless through six innings.
If anyone can change the mood at Petco Park, it’s Hunter Renfroe. The outfielder sent a towering home run to the top of the Western Metal Supply Company Building to put the Padres on the board in the seventh inning. The solo shot went 431 feet for his 18th homer of the season.
Apparently, one monstrous home run is what Renfroe considers a warm up. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the 25 year old sent another 400-footer to center field. His second solo shot of the night cut the Padres deficit to 5-3.
Unfortunately for the Friars, a late push in the ninth inning came up short and the Padres dropped the first game of the set 5-3. The series continues Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. from Petco Park.