Musgrove solid, bats awaken late in 8-3 win over Marlins

Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego, California- Petco Park 

The Padres looked to build off a series win following two straight victories against the Diamondbacks over the weekend. The Marlins arrived in town for a three-game set.

Joe Musgrove took the mound following a strong, six-inning performance against Oakland. Miami countered with Zach Thompson.

Miami rallied in the top of the second to scratch across a run to take a brief 1-0 lead. The Friars responded with a home run by Eric Hosmer, his 10th of the year.

San Diego summoned a rally for a second run in the bottom of the third to take the lead, thanks to Manny Machado’s go-ahead single.

The Padres continued their scoring ways in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second, Victor Caratini lined a single into right to make it 3-1, putting a runner on third and one out. Joe Musgrove then lined a fly ball into right field, deep enough to score Trent Grisham on the sac fly, padding the Friars’ lead further and marking Musgrove’s first RBI of the season.

Musgrove turned in yet another solid outing from a Padres starting pitcher. After Yu Darvish and Blake Snell‘s performances, Musgrove pulled his weight with six solid innings, allowing just one run.

Emilio Pagan struggled to get through the eighth inning as Lewis Brinson launched a two-run homer to cut San Diego’s lead to one. Pagan was able to battle out of the frame with the lead still intact.

With the Padres needing some insurance, Manny Machado lined a double down the right-field line to start the bottom of the eighth. Hosmer lined a single to score him to increase San Diego’s lead to two. With two runners on, Trent Grisham lined a triple down the left-field line, scoring both runners to break the game open at 7-3. Victor Caratini scored Grisham with a sac fly, extending the lead to 8-3.

 

Austin Adams made his first appearance since July 30th to close out the ninth. He ended up striking out the side in order, mowing down the Marlins and sealing the win.

With the win, the Friars gain a full game on the Reds for the second Wild Card spot and also picked up half of a game on the division-leading Giants, who were idle Monday.


“Every win at this point is huge. It’s crunch time. This is a pennant race, every game matters,” Hosmer said following the game.

Hosmer delivered with two hits, two RBI, and a walk along with three runs scored. Over his past 15 games, the Padres’ first baseman is hitting .356 with a .931 OPS.

The Marlins and Padres square off for Game 2 on Tuesday at 7:10 pm PDT. Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced that it will be a bullpen day, starting with Craig Stammen.

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.

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