Petco Park- San Diego, California
After losing two of three from their rival San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres needed their ace in the worst way on Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles came to town with a 35-70 record. This is a team the Padres should beat reasonably easily, but Baltimore is arguably playing their best baseball of the 2019 season currently. They had won six of their last ten games coming into San Diego.
David Hess was on the mound for Baltimore, and he was greeted very rudely by the Padres.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Franmil Reyes both jumped on the first pitch of their at-bat to homer and quickly the Padres were up 2-0 after only two pitches. Hess allowed four homers in total before departing in the bottom of the 5th inning after a Manny Machado single knocked him from the game. After the game, manager Andy Green indicated that “he liked the aggression from him” when talking about Tatis’ leadoff homer.
Chris Paddack threw 93 pitches in the game. The big Texan left in the top of the sixth having thrown 5 1/3 innings of baseball, allowing three hits and one earned run. He struck out five in the game and walked two.
The right-handed pitcher has a 2.78 ERA so far in his rookie year. He told reporters after the game- “Hedges kept me focused. It’s good to have a four-run lead out there,” Paddack said. He was highly complementary of Wil Myers’ catch in left field. Paddack expressed interest in seeing the catch probably numbers on the snowcone grab by Myers.
Eric Hosmer homered twice in the game. Neither was a cheap shot either for the first baseman. Hosmer now has 15 homers on the season to go with a .774 OPS and a .283 batting average.
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The Padres needed this win as they climb to six games under .500 with a little over 50 games left in the season.
The team will now play Baltimore in a rare Tuesday day game. Dinelson Lamet will be opposed by Tom Eschelman on a getaway day for the Friars. They head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers starting Thursday night.