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The San Diego Padres beat the New York Yankees in a downpour 5-4 behind a four run first inning, and a solid outing by Eric Lauer and Kirby Yates on the mound to improve to 29-26 on the season.
The Padres jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Manny Machado sent a bloop single down the left field line, scoring Greg Garcia from second. With Machado on first and Franmil Reyes on second, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka gave a three run blast to Eric Hosmer, a towering shot that landed in monument park in centerfield, over 430 feet away.
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That blast raised Hosmer’s average to .298, highest on the team. He would go on to go 2-5 in the game, raising his average to .298 after it had been as low as .184 as of April 20th. The three-run home run was also the farthest of the nine home runs he has hit this season.
Due to the hitter-friendly confines of Yankee stadium, Eric Lauer’s fly balls were hit almost consistently to the warning track in the first few innings of the game. Throughout Lauer’s outing, fly balls had one of Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers, or Josh Naylor back-pedaling to the warning track to catch the flyouts off the Yankees bats.
Lauer had the curveball painting throughout his start. Through the first three innings, seven of the nine outs recorded came via his curveball, and 11 of the 14 curveballs he threw in those innings were for strikes.
At the end of the third inning with Lauer cruising Manny Machado, who is making an early argument that he could deserve a gold glove at either third or shortstop made a spectacular leaping grab to end the inning.
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Lauer would give up a run in the fourth, a solo shot to Gary Sanchez, cutting into the Padres lead 4-1. But that would be the only run he would give up, as the Padres offense came back to life in the sixth, proving small-ball isn’t completely dead in Major League Baseball.
After Naylor grounded out, Ty France singled to center, and on the very first pitch to Austin hedges manager Andy Green put on a hit-and-run. Hedges, who is on a seven-game hitting streak, poked the ball into left field, and France who was running on the pitch sprinted to third. Greg Garcia then pulled off a squeeze bunt, getting the ball down past Tanaka on the mound, allowing France to score from third, and giving the Padres a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees would threaten as the rain started to pour down. Brad Weick started the inning for the Padres, walking a batter and recording an out, Phil Maton then relieved him and gave up a walk. Robbie Erlin then entered and got a ground ball, which Hosmer couldn’t handle cleanly, allowing the bases to become loaded for D.J. Lemahieu with one out. Andy Green made his fourth pitching change of the inning, having Craig Stammen take the mound. He gave up a two-run single, and the Yankees cut into the lead 5-3.
The Yankees loaded the bases again when Luke Voit sent a dribbler down the third baseline. Aaron Hicks then grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Brett Gardner from third, making it a 5-4 ballgame before Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
The Friars threatened with the bases loaded in the eighth but couldn’t cash in. In the bottom half of the inning, Stammen returned to the hill and had a 1-2-3 inning, getting a pop out, groundout, and a strikeout in the frame.
Kirby Yates entered in another close situation after the Padres went down quietly in the top of the ninth. The former Yankee gave up a leadoff single to Gio Urshela, retired the side quietly earning his 21st save of the year.