Citizens Bank Park is considered a hitters paradise.
Every year the Phillies rank towards the top in offensive output for the league.
On Saturday, the Padres broke out their sticks as the team managed a 5-3 win over Philadelphia.
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 in the win and is hitting .290 on the season with a .792 OPS. The first baseman is hitting .393 (11-for-28) in his last seven games. Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and has a .808 OPS on the season. Hunter Renfroe chipped as he went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. San Diego managed 12 hits on the day and were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Dinelson Lamet has pitched well in 2019, coming off Tommy John surgery. The right-handed pitcher came into form just in time for the Padres as they needed an innings eater in the rotation. Lamet went six innings on Saturday, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He threw 92 pitches in the game and struck out six Phillies’ batters. The 27-year-old now has a 3.95 ERA on the season.
The Padres bullpen has been sporadic in terms of value this season.
The group had their “A” game working on Saturday as Matt Strahm, and Andres Munoz pitched well for San Diego. Strahm threw a scoreless inning for the Padres, featuring a mid-90’s fastball. Andres Munoz struck out Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto before inducing a weak pop-out from Corey Dickerson to complete his perfect frame.
Kirby Yates entered for the 9th with a chance at his 34th save of the year.
The native Hawaiian hit Jean Segura with a split-finger fastball to start the inning but settled down to get the next three batters. Yates seemed to have issues with the humidity in regards to the grip on his splitter. The pitcher adjusted by using a fastball the majority of the inning.
A great pitching effort from the Friars.
San Diego will look to take the series tomorrow with Joey Lucchesi on the mound. 10:05 am game time.