The San Diego Padres took three games from the San Francisco Giants this weekend, including two on Sunday.
It took four and a half innings, but the San Diego Padres were able to separate themselves from the San Francisco Giants enough to win their seventh game in a row.
Garrett Richards got the start for the Padres in game two of a doubleheader, made necessary after a Giants’ player had a false positive virus test minutes before the start of Friday’s game. Richards kept the Padres in the game, going 4.1 innings and allowing only two hits while striking out three. He was pulled in the fifth with the score tied 1-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Padres got two great at-bats from rookie Jake Cronenworth and Jason Castro, leading to back to back walks to lead off the inning. The walks were prototypical of San Diego’s approach in 2020. Working the count and laying off good pitches to value baserunners.
Following the walks, Trent Grisham dropped down a sacrifice bunt to perfection, moving the runners up to second and third with one out.
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It was not a flashy inning for the Padres, who had gotten a home run in the second inning from Wil Myers (11) to account for their only home run of the day. Still, it was a significant stretch for a team that has shown the ability to play small ball to do what is necessary to win games.
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The Padres begin an important three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at Petco Park that has major NL West implications. The Padres (31-17) sit 2.0 games back of the Dodgers in the standings, while the Dodgers were in action against the Astros as of the end of the Padres’ second game Sunday.
The Padres will send Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24) to the mound Monday, looking to win their eighth straight.