Petco Park- San Diego, California
Down to their last out, the San Diego Padres came through in front of a big crowd at Petco Park on Mother’s Day.
Jorge Alfaro, with one mighty swing, ended the heartache that plagued the offense the whole day.
Donned in their military jerseys, the Padres struggled all day to get anything going offensively. On Saturday, the team was shut out by Miami and the scoreless inning streak reached a total of 20 innings until Alfaro sent the first pitch he saw in the ninth inning deep into the left-field bullpen area. “He knew in the beginning of the inning that there was a chance for it. He was in the cage swinging. He was ready for the at-bat,” manager Bob Melvin said about Alfaro after the game.
Alfaro nearly came to tears when talking about his home run after the game. The catcher spoke to his mother earlier in the day and showed obvious emotions about the walk-off blast on Mother’s Day. It was a special moment and easily one of the best so far of the 2022 season.
In the game, Joe Musgrove pitched well for the Padres again.
The native of San Diego went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. Musgrove admitted to not having his best stuff, but he battled through it and showed a lot of heart. “I felt really good, early on. I tried something different with my fastball.” Joe Musgrove said after the game. Musgrove described some minor fatigued in the later innings, but he refused to leave the game and threw 108 pitches on the day.
Musgrove was relieved in the game by Robert Suarez who earned the win after going two shutout innings for the Padres.
San Diego managed eight hits in the game and was 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They left seven runners on base before the ninth inning homer from Alfaro. The offensive issues are a bit troubling, but the Padres are getting by with excellent starting pitching right now.
WALK IT OFF, JORGE ALFARO! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/E6oMWo2EG2
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 8, 2022
Bob Melvin spoke about the offensive funk after the game. He mentioned that the team was just going through a tough streak in which they were seeing quality pitching, The veteran manager has the knowledge and experience to guide the Padres through any slumps they may endure during the 2022 season.
The Padres welcome the Chicago Cubs to town for a series that starts Monday night.