Darvish shines as Padres shut down Atlanta in 2-1 victory

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Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres defeat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 to salvage a split of the energy-packed four-game series.

After an up-and-down first three games against the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres were looking to win on Sunday afternoon to split their four-game series with the World Champions. A dominant 12-1 victory on Thursday night’s home opener was followed by back-to-back 5-2 losses that seemingly killed the momentum that the team had built after Thursday’s special win.

All of this made Sunday’s game an important one, no matter how early in the season it might be. Without their superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., this team must find their energy and consistency wherever they can find it.  Sunday, that energy was found in San Diego’s best asset, their pitching staff.

Leading the way was starter Yu Darvish, who went 6.2 innings, allowing one run while striking out eight. Darvish was dominant with his command against a really good Braves lineup, allowing zero walks and giving up only one run on a Marcell Ozuna solo home run in the seventh inning.

Darvish located his fastball really well, which set up his off-speed stuff that kept the Atlanta hitters on their toes.

Steven Wilson followed Darvish out of the bullpen and got a big out to end the seventh inning after Darvish had allowed a double to Adam Duvall, which ended his night. Luis Garcia followed Wilson in the eighth inning, making quick work of Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson.

Newly acquired Taylor Rogers continued to look good for the Padres, earning his fourth save and closing out the 2-1 Padres victory which included a pair of strikeouts.

The Padres only had three hits on Sunday evening, scoring runs on a hit-by-pitch and a fielder’s choice. Typically, that is a performance that would have everyone asking questions about what went wrong offensively. Instead, the conversation is circled around the dominant pitching the Padres put forward, and rightly so.

Paired with the great pitching, the Padres continued to play flawless defense. Going into Sunday’s game, the Padres had tied an MLB record of 10 errorless games to start the season. On Sunday, San Diego continued their remarkable glove work and set the record for most games without a defensive error to start a season at 11.

The team’s early success is certainly a testament to their defense and pitching staff. So far in 2022, the pitching has been really good, with Sunday being no exception. The Padres’ staff and defense must continue to have days like Sunday for the Padres to reach their potential, whether Fernando Tatis Jr. is healthy or not.

The Padres host the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series starting Monday night at 6:40 PST, with Sean Manaea taking the bump.

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Kevin Modafferi
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates
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Pads fan since '69
Pads fan since '69
29 days ago

You are correct… The pitching and defense have been exceptional… The pads are 6-5, while both the G-men, and the evil-blue are 7-2….I’m don’t mean to highlight the obvious, but this offense is not going to get it done…I see an awful lot of strikeouts and pop-ups…when Abrahms laid down a bunt, and moved a runner, I was amazed…but,I shouldn’t have been, because that IS baseball…the pads just don’t do it like they should…. Until the power actually shows up….(Voit !)….we need to play smart, fundamental baseball…or this can, and will, be an awfully long season….

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