Three games, over 127,000 fans and two wins for the Padres.
In the series finale against the New York Yankees, the Padres were looking for their first sweep of the season. Before the game the Friars made some roster moves. Andrew Cashner was recalled from the disabled list and made the start on the mound for the Padres after missing three weeks with a strained neck. Infielder Alexi Amarista was optioned to El Paso.
There was an emotional moment before the game as former Prisoners of War unveiled the unoccupied Chair of Honor at Petco Park. The chair is a symbolic gesture dedicated to POW's and soldiers missing in action. Now there will always be an open chair awaiting the return of our POW's and those still missing.
After the Yankees took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, cue Yangervis Solarte. The switch hitting infielder knocked a solo home run to left to tie the game 1-1. Solarte went 4-for-4 and was only a triple shy of getting the first cycle at Petco Park.
That wasn’t the only record missed Sunday afternoon. Even though Padres fans were hoping to witness the Friars first sweep of the season, instead they got to witness Yankees history. Mark Teixeira hit a two run homer off Padres righty Carlos Villanueva making that the 400th of his career, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
The Padres made a final push in the ninth inning. Alex Dickerson blasted a two run shot to right center to bring the Padres deficit down to three runs. His efforts, while duly noted, were to no avail as the Padres lost to the Yankees 6-3.
The Padres are on the road this week as Petco Park prepares for the All-Star Game.
The Friars will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three game series before heading to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers and close out the first half of season.