The Padres hit a lot of home runs. If they could manage to hit a few more of them with runners on base, that would be fantastic.
The Friars are 5th in the National League in homers but just 13th in runs scored. On Friday night, however, their pitching was good enough to win with 1-run bombs.
Joey Lucchesi tossed 6.1 innings of 2-hit ball and three Padres went deep in a 5-2 win over the Marlins in the opener of a 10-game homestand. With the win San Diego pulls into a tie with the Braves for the National League’s 2nd Wild Card spot. I know it’s only May 31 but it’s looking more and more like this team is going to be in the playoff conversation for a while.
Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe and even Ian Kinsler hit solo homers to pace the Padres to a 3-1 lead. Since it’s become a topic of conversation, no, Kinsler did not launch into an expletive-filled “celebration” after his dinger.
The Padres got two more runs WITHOUT hitting the ball over the fence. Wil Myers brought home Manuel Margot with an RBI single in the 7th inning and rookie Ty France plated Eric Hosmer with an infield single in the 8th to make it a 5-1 game and it looked like the Friars would get to give closer Kirby Yates a night off.
That changed with two hitters.
Phil Maton gave up a single and a double to start the 9th inning, setting up a save situation. Kirby Yates really likes save situations. Yates got the next three batters to lock down his 22nd straight save.
The Padres can win the series, something they need to do against bad teams, on Saturday when Nick Margevicious returns from Double-A Amarillo to get the start against Miami right-hander Jose Urena.