Padres crush Twins thanks to 5 HRs and strong Blake Snell outing


Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

All of the buzz around the San Diego Padres organization is regarding superstar outfielder Juan Soto. With the MLB Trade Deadline approaching, all eyes are on the Padres.

But baseball games are still being played. The Padres bounced back after losing two out of three against the Detroit Tigers and crushed the Minnesota Twins, 10-1, on Friday night at Petco Park.

The City Connect uniforms made another appearance, and Padres fans came out strong for another sellout crowd.

Blake Snell did his part with a terrific outing. The southpaw tossed six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and striking out seven to earn the victory.

On the other side, the offense got the ball rolling early with a pair of runs in the first and another in the second. It was a surprising home run barrage from the San Diego offense as five players homered on the evening.

Luke Voit got things going with a two-run bomb in the first inning, and Ha-Seong Kim hit a 391-foot blast in the second to give the Padres a 3-0 lead.

The only run the Twins would score all night came courtesy of a Byron Buxton home run. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for San Diego.

Manager Bob Melvin sure hopes this is also a step in the right direction.

“Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.”

Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and Jorge Alfaro each homered, and Voit finished with three RBIs and a pair of hits on the evening.

Dinelson Lamet and Steven Wilson each twirled a scoreless inning in relief, and Tim Hill closed the door as the majority of the bullpen got a well-deserved night off.

Rocco Baldelli left Joe Ryan in longer than expected for the Twins, and Ryan ended up giving up ten runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings on a rough night.

The Padres will send out Joe Musgrove to the mound on Saturday evening. Speaking of Musgrove, reports circulated before the game that the Padres and Musgrove are close to a massive extension — and it’s about time. This is something everybody has been hoping for.

Musgrove has been fantastic this season with an 8-3 record and a 2.63 ERA while earning a trip to the All-Star Game. The Twins will counter with Sonny Gray (5-3, 3.52 ERA) in Game 2 of this series. The first pitch will be at 4:15 PST in downtown San Diego.

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Matthew Wadleigh
Matthew Wadleigh, born in Oceanside and currently lives in Fresno. He lives with his wife and 2 dogs and is a sports enthusiast. Retired drummer and member of the Fresno State Marching Band. He has been a Padres fan since childhood and has suffered during the struggles just like everybody else.
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