In their last two games against the Dodgers, the Padres pitching staff did not have a single guy last more than 4.1 innings and that was Cal Quantrill in his start on Tuesday night.
After Quantrill was lifted the Friars used 11 pitchers to get through the next 14.2 innings and one of them was infielder Ty France. So starting a 4-game series in San Francisco the San Diego relievers were in dire need of a break.
Chris Paddack gave it to them.
In a 5-3 win over the Giants, the man known as The Sheriff went 7.0 innings on 92 pitches, allowed just one run on five hits and struck out eight without walking a single batter. It was a fantastic outing when the team needed it most.
The only run Paddack allowed came on a solo homer by Brandon Belt in the 4th inning but by then the Padres had already built a lead that the Giants couldn't overcome.
In the 3rd inning Manuel Margot got the scoring started with a 2-run home run off San Francisco starter Dereck Rodriguez. The Padres got another run when Eric Hosmer doubled home Josh Naylor, who had two more hits, to make it 3-0. In the top of the 4th Austin Hedges hit another 2-run homer, his 10th of the year, to make it 5-0.
Matt Strahm handled the 8th inning and immediately loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. The lefty minimized the damage when Evan Longoria grounded into a double play that brought in Donovan Solano to make it 5-2. Strahm got Poway native Alex Dickerson to fly out to end the inning.
In the 9th Friars skipper Andy Green let 20-year-old rookie Andres Munoz take a run at his first career save. After striking out the first two hitters Munoz walked Brandon Crawford, who scored on a double by Stephen Vogt. The rookie didn't let the whole lead slip away, getting Solano to ground out to Luis Urias at shortstop to end it.
The Padres get another look at veteran Madison Bumgarner on Friday night. San Diego counters with righty Dinelson Lamet.