Musgrove solid, Soto homers in Padres win over Yankees

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The San Diego Padres took the first game of the three-game set against the New York Yankees on Friday. 

There is something about the city of New York that brings the best out of Joe Musgrove.

Last fall, he dominated the New York Mets in the playoffs and provided a massive boost for the Padres.

On Friday night, Musgrove pitched well in the  Padres’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees.

Playing in New York can be challenging, but the Padres have a veteran team. In recent weeks, the team has played horribly, and you get a sense that they need to put it together soon to truly be competitive at the end of the 2023 season.

In the first game of a three-game weekend series, the Padres got out to a lead on a Juan Soto two-run homer in the fifth inning.

That was exactly what the team needed, and you feel the emotion from Soto as he struck the ball.

In the following inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. came to the plate with two outs and homered to make it a 4-0 game for the Padres.

Joe Musgrove toed the rubber and totaled 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and one run on 88 pitches. Musgrove struggled in his last two starts against the Red Sox and Dodgers but was locked in on Friday night in New York. The right-handed pitcher struck out six batters in the game. This was the kind of start the team needed from the veteran.

Steven Wilson came in to relieve Musgrove, and recorded five outs, only surrendering one hit on 22 pitches. Wilson struck out two batters and lowered his ERA to 2.96 on the season for the Padres. He has proved to be useful for Bob Melvin coming out of the pen.

Josh Hader pitched the ninth in a non-save situation, and he struck out the side.

The Padres and Yankees face off in Game 2 of the series on Saturday morning.

Michael Wacha will face Luis Severino.

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