The San Diego Padres were completely contained by Pablo Lopez, who went eight sparkling innings.
The Marlins found runs off of Sean Manaea before blowing the game open off the back end of the Padres bullpen. San Diego left the bases loaded in the first inning, and they never came particularly close to scoring again.
The Padres’ offense only managed to produce five hits, all of which were singles. They worked just two walks, and the Padres reached base just once in the final five innings of the game. San Diego produced just three opportunities with runners in scoring position, two of which came in the first inning. They went hitless in their three chances.
The Padres also saw more pain, as Matt Beaty left the game with an apparent injury in the second inning. Beaty was diving for Miguel Rojas’ double, coming up just short. Jose Azocar replaced Beaty in right field. The Padres already have regular right fielder Wil Myers on the injured list, so if Beaty missed time, it could open up Taylor Kohlwey to get called up. Azocar and Trayce Thompson would be the options that are currently on the major league roster.
Sean Manaea got the start for the Padres, and he started solidly, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters in his first two innings. However, Alex Rodriguez’s nephew Joe Dunand hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. Dunand took a 1-1 change-up and pushed it just over the left field wall. Dunand did more damage in the fifth, as he doubled, sending Jacob Stallings to third. Both of them came home on Garrett Cooper’s double, pushing the Marlins’ lead to three runs. Manaea retired Jazz Chisholm and Jesus Aguilar with Dunand and Stallings in scoring position but wasn’t able to get out of the inning. He did work the sixth inning, finishing his night with six innings of three-run baseball, but that was not enough as the Padres’ efforts at the plate were futile.
Nabil Crismatt worked the seventh and eighth innings for the Padres and pitched well. Crismatt struck out three of the seven Marlins that he faced and worked his way around a one-out Jorge Soler double in the eighth. Arguably the only bright spot of the day for the Padres, Crismatt looked solid and ate up innings, saving the Padres’ higher-end relievers. The solid work out of the bullpen did not last long. In the ninth, Dinelson Lamet walked the first two batters he faced on ten pitches. Lamet has struggled with control all season, but he hung a slider to Chisholm, who brought home a run with a double. He did retire Dunand and Aguilar before being lifted for the recently activated Ray Kerr with two outs. Kerr allowed a walk to load the bases before Jorge Soler hit a grand slam, extending the Marlins’ lead to eight runs.
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The Padres went down quietly in the ninth, as they never looked anything close to competitive in the latter stages of the game. They’ll play to win the series on Sunday.
Sam is a Senior in High School. He has been writing for three years, and started at EVT in June of 2021. He’s headed to Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications in the fall of 2023.