The Padres kicked off their final series before the all-star break in Philadelphia. Catcher Austin Hedges made his return after dealing with a neck strain for a the last few days, but his two home runs on the way to a 4-3 Friars victory makes us think he’s doing just fine.
It was a team effort against Philadelphia on Friday as several Friars showed us their power at the plate. Jose Pirela set the tone with a home run which gave the Padres an early 1-0 in the first inning. Hedge’s first dinger of the night came in the third inning. His solo shot to left field put San Diego up 2-0.
The Phillies cut the deficit in the fourth inning off of a Tommy Joseph homer to right field. Luckily, Hedges was back to make things right again. The Friars catcher sent his 13th home run of the season and second of the night to the right field seats.
Right before the seventh inning stretch a storm rolled in and delayed the game for nearly two hours. The rain must have reenergized the Phillies because once the game resumed Philadelphia notched two more runs to tie things up at three.
Hedges came to the rescue one last time in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Cory Spangenberg and the game winning run.
The second of three games against the Phillies is on Saturday, July 8, at 1:05 p.m. from Citizens Ban Park.