A new city made a huge difference for the Padres. The Friars won their first of three games against the Chicago White Sox Friday night 6-3 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Matt Szczur, the newest Padre, had a night of firsts. In the first inning, off of the first pitch by White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, Szczur sent a solo shot to left field and put the Padres on the board 1-0. That was also his first home run of the season with San Diego.
Austin Hedges had a stellar night at the plate. In the third inning the Padres catcher doubled to left field and brought in Cory Spangenberg and Yangerivis Solarte. His RBI double gave the Friars a 3-0 lead. The White Sox got on the board later that inning when outfielder Leury Garcia sent a two run homer to right field. Hedges answered that call with a solo shot in the fifth inning and helped San Diego keep their lead 4-2, marked his eight home run of the year.
The Padres were still up by two runs in the ninth inning, but first baseman Wil Myers wanted to make sure they had some insurance with a 403 foot home run to center field, his ninth of the season. The Friars broke their three game skid with a 6-3 victory over the White Sox.
The second game between the two teams is set for 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Guaranteed Rate Field.