In a game that resembled a slow-pitch softball game, the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants by a score of 16-11.
It was an electric night in Mexico City as major league baseball was in the air.
The Padres slugged six homers in the game. The Giants blasted five of their own. Playing at the highest elevation ever in the history of the major leagues, the ball was flying out of Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu in Mexico City. At 8,000 feet, the baseball was continually punished on the day. “Every ball that got up in the air was gone,” Bob Melvin said after the game.
Joe Musgrove started the game for the Padres, and he was only able to make it 3.1 innings. In his second start of the season after a toe injury, Musgrove looked sharp early but was knocked around in the fourth inning by the Giants. There will be better days for Musgrove when he comes back down to elevation.
Brent Honeywell relieved Musgrove and gave up one run in 1.2 innings. Tim Hill pitched a scoreless inning, and Tom Cosgrove made his major league debut, recording an out and earning a win in his first appearance in the majors. Nick Martinez was clutch for the team, pitching out of the pen as the right-handed pitcher recorded the last six outs, including striking out the side in the ninth.
Only Steven Wilson had a rough night out of the pen for the Padres as he coughed up three earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched.
The offense was led by Manny Machado, who powered two homers over the fence in the game and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs on the day. When asked if the elevation resulted in his homer, Manny chuckled and said, “It gets you a couple of extra feet here.”
Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Nelson Cruz all homered as Cruz went 5-for-6 in the game with four runs knocked in. Each member of the starting lineup recorded a hit except for Ha-Seong Kim, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Padres needed this offensive performance from the unit. “This brought our swag back,” Machado exclaimed after the game.
Fernando Tatis Jr. threw out his first runner of the game as the Padres played excellent defense on the night. Despite the high score, it was a well-played game for the Padres. They showed a lot of character by continuing to battle and come back from deficits.
The series will conclude on Sunday as Yu Darvish is on the mound for the Padres.
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