Friars Split Series with Rangers

El Cajon Native AJ Griffin Gets Shutout Win against Padres

The San Diego Padres dropped the second of four games against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park. The 11-0 loss was the first shutout of the 2017 season for the Padres. The Friars have seen better days and so has starting pitcher Jered Weaver. The former All-Star was on the mound for San Diego and let up six hits and seven runs in just three innings. He has now given up a combined total of 14 home runs in seven starts.

Outfielder Matt Szczur made his Padres debut when he was brought in as the pinch-hitter for the pitcher in the seventh inning. He remained in the game in left field. Szczur was acquired on Monday from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right handed pitcher Justin Hancock.

Starting for the Rangers was El Cajon Native AJ Griffin. The Grossmont High School graduate dominated in his hometown letting up just four hits to take his second career shutout. The Texas offense followed his lead and got on the board early on in the first inning off a three run homer by first baseman Ryan Rua.

Third baseman Joey Gallo and catcher Robinson Chirinos each notched two run home runs and contributed to a stellar performance by the Texas team.

The inter-league series moves to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas for the final two games of the set. The first pitch for Wednesday’s contest is set for 5:05 p.m. PST.

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