The Padres spoiled the major league debut of Phillies rookie Jake Thompson Saturday evening as they compiled 14 hits on their way to a 9-7 victory.
San Diego built a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning thanks to a RBI single by Yangeris Solarte and a 3-run bases-clearing double by Christian Bethancourt.
Solarte and Travis Jankowski each had three hits. Jankowski swiped his 24th stolen base and scored a career-high four times. The young centerfielder is batting over .500 during his current six-game hitting streak.
Wil Myers also added a couple hits and scored twice.
Padres starting pitcher Paul Clemens had an interesting "wardrobe change" in the early innings.
Clemens began the game with his regular number 47 on the back of his jersey but after batting in the 3rd, he got some pine tar on his uniform.
That's a No-No for pitchers. Andy Green later said in his postgame news conference that he alerted the umpire that there was a foreign substance on Clemens’ uniform.
So Clemens came out for the 4th with your generic “Player-91" jersey – almost like someone was playing a video game and forget to edit the computerized “Mr. Player.” He later switched back into a jersey that had his normal 47 stitched on the back.
However his awkward night didn’t stop there.
After barely bunting a ball in the 4th with a runner on first, Clemens appeared to wince as if he had been hit on the hand and promptly slammed his bat before slowly moving towards first base.
The Phillies quickly turned a double play and Clemens was visibly upset.
Andy Green however seemed to be even more frustrated because his pitcher didn’t run out the play.
After getting one out in the top of the 5th on a deep fly ball by Odubel Herrera, Clemens was pulled by Green.
Reliever Buddy Bauman earned the win for the Friars after entering in the 5th inning. The lefty struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings of work.
The rubber match between the Phillies and Padres is Sunday afternoon starting at 1:40 p.m.
San Diego sends Jarred Cosart to the mound while the visitors have Jerad Eickhoff slated to start.