A jersey hung by a hanger in the Padres home dugout Monday evening as the team began its final homestand of the 2016 season.
The letters on the back of the uniform read “Yuliett” – the name of Yangervis Solarte’s wife who lost her battle with cancer over the weekend at the age of 31.
The Padres showed their support for their teammate and his family Monday with that gesture as well as a moment of silence before playing their series opener with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They then proceeded to finish the night with a 3-2 victory.
Wil Myers belted his 26th home run of the season. His solo shot in the bottom of the 4th inning opened the scoring to the delight of the home crowd.
Myers now has 26 homers and 25 steals – an impressive accomplishment during his All-Star campaign – even though his batting average has slipped to .260 on the year.
Later that same inning, Alexi Amarista provided a 2-run single to help the Friars build a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish.
Clayton Richard pitched into the 7th inning and only allowed two earned runs to secure the victory on the mound.
Brandon Maurer also earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless 9th inning.
Arizona and San Diego are now both tied for 4th place in the division as both try to avoid finishing in the NL West basement.
That battle resumes Tuesday when Paul Clemens opposes Archie Bradley at 7:10 p.m.