The game started well for the San Diego Padres. Greg Garcia led off the game with a base hit which was followed by a Franmil Reyes single, sending him to third. Manny Machado grounded into a double play but not before scoring a run and giving the Padres an early 1-0 lead.
Nick Margevicius started strong, as he has been doing for most of the season as he retired the first seven batters he faced.
Then the defense fell apart. With a runner on first, Atlanta pitcher Mike Soroka let a bunt down which was fielded quickly by Eric Hosmer. Hosmer fired to second base, but the ball got past Garcia, and it dribbled past Manuel Margot in the center, allowing one run to score, and Soroka went to third base, with errors charged to Hosmer and Margot. Soroka then scored on an Ozzie Albies single, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead.
San Diego’s fortunes would not improve much from that point. Margevicius buckled down and pitched around another error; the Padres had three total on the day. He allowed one more run as Albies sent a low pitch over the left field wall, extending the Atlanta lead to 3-1.
Margevicius left the game with the bases loaded, and two outs in the sixth but Adam Warren was able to dance out of danger. All in all, it was a solid outing of 5 2/3 innings with one earned run, three walks, and three strikeouts.
The Padres played some bad baseball behind Margevicius and cost him the lead. Not many 22-year-olds would bounce back against the heart of the Braves order like that, but he gets out of it with the Padres trailing, 2-1.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 30, 2019
The bullpen took over and was able to keep the Braves at three runs. Robbie Erlin pitched two scoreless frames to get the Padres to the ninth, still only down two.
The Padres were hapless in the ninth inning and went down quickly as the Braves closed out the 3-1 victory. They were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. After the first inning, San Diego had the leadoff hitter on base but did not capitalize.
San Diego looks to even the series on Tuesday as Chris Paddack takes the hill fresh off of the best start of his young major league career.