What a way to jump start the weekend! The Padres brought Petco Park to life Friday night with a 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
Outfielder Manuel Margot got things off to an exciting start with a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first inning. Margot then scored on an Erick Aybar sac fly and the Padres took an early 1-0 lead.
The second inning had some tough moments for right handed pitcher Trevor Cahill who was on the mound for the Friars. Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna sent a homerun to the second deck in left field and tied the game at one run apiece.
All eyes were on Wil Myers in seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Myers hit into a double play. Still, Luis Sardiñas scored and gave the Padres the 2-1 lead. The Friars first baseman went 0-3 with a walk, which meant his hit streak stopped at 11 games.
Later in the seventh inning, it was Austin Hedges who made everyone’s night. The Padres catcher sent an explosive three run homer to the top of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. His homerun went 429 feet to score Margot and Yangervis Solarte and gave San Diego a little insurance.
It’s a good thing he did because Marlins all-star Giancarlo Stanton sent a two run homer to right field in the ninth inning to cut the deficit, but it wasn’t enough to outdo the home team.
Game two of the three game series is Saturday April 22 at 5:40 p.m. PST at Petco Park.