Petco Park- San Diego, California
Rookie pitchers have been a common theme for the San Diego Padres in 2019.
Ronald Bolanos toed the rubber for the Friars on Tuesday, and the first-year pitcher struggled to make it through five innings. The right-hander threw 101 pitches on the night, striking out five, walking four and allowing five earned runs on five hits. He has a 5.73 ERA on the year through his first two major league starts. “When he le’s it go, its good,” Andy Green said after the game. He has to trust his fastball more.
Luckily for Bolanos, the Padres provided him plenty of offense early in the game. A five-run second inning for San Diego was huge as the team battered Jose Quintana. He only made it through three innings on the night, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. Quintana was replaced by Tyler Chatwood who was able to contain the Padres in his three innings of relief.
The Padres held an 8-5 lead late in the game as Manuel Margot tripled in a run and Nick Martini singled him in with nobody out. Martini ended the night 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Ty France hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning as well for the Friars in the win. Margot went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and has his OPS up to .712 on the season. “He has a contagious joy,” Green said about Margot after the game.
Andres Munoz throws hard. He often reaches triple-digits with his fastball. But if you do not locate pitches in the major leagues, you will get hit hard. Munoz has a straight fastball, and he was knocked around a bit by the Cubs in the 8th inning as he came in to preserve a three-run lead. Munoz pumped in fastball after fastball in the frame and ended up giving up a two-run homer off the bat of Kris Bryant (his second home run of the day) and a solo bomb from Jason Heyward to tie the game. Not the best effort from the right-hander. “They just put good swings on him,” Green said about Munoz.
Kirby Yates pitched well again in a non-save situation as he struck out the side on 14 pitches in the 9th inning. Michel Baez earned the win after pitching a scoreless inning in the 10th for San Diego. Baez now has a 2.61 ERA on the year.
Former Padre Pat Cishek gave up the game in the bottom of the 10th as he loaded the bases with two walks after a Luis Urias single. Manuel Margot strolled to the plate with five men in the infield and took four balls to walk-off the game. The Padres were handed a gift and evened up the series after two games.
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