Coming off the opening game of the series, in which Joey Lucchesi set a career high in strikeouts, fellow starting pitcher Cal Quantrill did not want to be outdone. Especially starting in a stadium that he pitched in as a kid for Team Canada.
A Canada native and son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill, Cal had over 100 friends and family in attendance to watch his first start north of the border. And he did not disappoint, going six strong innings, allowing three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts.
Throughout the game, you could see the confidence growing in his slider and changeup as out pitches, and the velocity peaked at a rock solid 96 mph.
Outside of a few bad pitches to Lourdes Gurriel and Justin Smoak, there wasn’t a time during the game that the Jays seemed in the game. The Stanford product was glowing after the game, in what had to be a very special day for him and his family.
The offense had a large say in that matter.
Fellow Canadian Josh Naylor, also with lots of friends and family in attendance, got the offense going in the top of the first with his first career hit, an RBI-double that brought home Greg Garcia. The play that really broke open the game was a great at-bat by Austin Hedges that resulted in a grand slam. That put the game at 7-1, and the Padres never looked back.
From this point on, the offense rolled to a Major League high watermark for runs during the 2019 season at 19. Getting there was an absolute barrage that included a club record for home runs in a game with seven. Every single Padre that began the day in the starting lineup had at least one hit, with eight different Padres driving in at least one run. With a lot of bright spots throughout the game, Wil Myers, who has been skidding through May, reached base six times, including a two home run day. Hunter Renfroe hit his 13th & 14th home runs of the season and is now sitting at a .900 OPS. Also contributing with home runs were Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer.
Now, if you can believe it, in a day where the Padres set a club record for home runs in a game, the lineup did all of this without home run team leader Franmil Reyes, who was given the day off.
The Padres are heading for a second straight sweep if they can get past Marcus Stroman tomorrow. The “Sherriff,” that being Chris Paddack, will take the mound tomorrow for the Friars as the team seeks their sixth win in a row and second consecutive sweep.