Machado leads Padres to 11-1 victory over Phillies

Credit: AP Photo

Credit: AP Photo

The San Diego Padres cruised to an 11-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies to end the final road trip of the first half of the season.

Manny Machado stole the show Sunday with two home runs in first two at-bats to drive in the first five runs for the Padres.

In his next three plate appearance, Machado got to swing the bat once as he was intentionally walked twice and lined a ball foul before being walked on five pitches in his fifth plate appearance. He also started three out of the four Padres’ double plays.

In the ninth inning and through the rain, the top of the Padres lineup was one strike away from being set down on an immaculate inning from Hector Neris. However, Jake Cronenworth worked a walk, and then the next four hitters reached safely before Webster Rivas smacked a home run to left-center field to cap off a six-run ninth inning, all with two outs.

Sunday’s victory marks the first road victory for the Padres in a Blake Snell start. Snell’s struggles on the road in 2021 are well documented. He entered Sunday with a 10.36 road ERA in eight starts. Somehow, Snell managed to throw four scoreless frames while throwing more balls than strikes. Snell did not get credit for the win, however, as he did not come out to complete the five innings required for a starting pitcher to get the win. Austin Adams, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, is the Padres’ pitcher of record.

“I thought Snell gave us everything he had,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. After a tough week from Snell dealing with a stomach bug, the Padres should be very pleased with his performance and knowing that he can get better from it.

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With the road trip coming to an end, the Padres will now return home to San Diego for a seven-game homestand before the all-star break. They’ll begin with a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday. Going home means going back to San Diego, where it rarely rains, which will be a very nice change after a rain-filled trip to the east coast.

Joe Musgrove will get the start Monday against Jon Lester at 7:10 PT. Tingler opted not to reveal his rotation following Monday to either hide it or he is not sure who will be good to go.

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