On Tuesday, the San Diego Padres looked dominant in the win over the Cincinnati Reds, beating them 6-2.
Reminiscent of Monday night’s 4-1 rout, the Padres kept their win streak going as they hope to eventually compete for a world title.
Boos echoed around the Gaslamp area as Tommy Pham rocketed an opening frame blast, just like he did the night before. The boos are what a player (like Pham) sometimes likes to hear, as it is only fuel for the fire. He’s made Padres’ pitching pay early in these games.
Some have questioned GM A.J. Preller’s decision not to re-sign Tommy Pham to play left-field. A platoon of Jurickson Profar and Matt Beaty is definitely not an offensive improvement, but it will have to do in this circumstance for San Diego.
San Diego responded quickly to Pham’s blast on Tuesday, once again with the help of the team’s un-named captain, Manny Machado. He slapped a pitch into the left-field bleachers, eerily similar to how the Padres answered going down early in Monday’s contest. This is some wonderful baseball for Padres fans. Melvin-ball is being proven on the field, as games against inferior opponents like the Reds are must-wins for any team trying to make a deep postseason run.
Trent Grisham seems to be slumping, so a day off seemed likely once again. Jose Azocar took the field in center and produced. Grisham may be in a bit of a rut, but like recently sacked manager Jayce Tingler used to say, ‘He battles…’. The good thing is, it’s early, and Grisham can take his time to warm up. For the Padres, hopefully, he can regain his bat-to-ball skills by the time Fernando Tatis Jr. comes back from injury.
Veteran players Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers helped the cause by tacking on runs off Reds starter Reiver Sanmartin. Jose Azocar provided his first double for the Friars with an RBI double to left to make it 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Joe Musgrove surrendered another run in the top half of the sixth, but he was solid on the night for the Padres. Solid enough to earn himself a contract extension (San Diegans can only hope). He is the answer. A good performance from the fan-favorite, San Diegans, and others all should appreciate Joe Musgrove while he is here. The native of the East County went just over six innings, giving up four hits and allowing two earned runs and seven K’s.
Robert Suarez struggled to start the year, but he has improved in his last few outings. The Padres got two innings from the rookie tonight. Tim Hill finished out the ninth inning as San Diego took home the win against the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2.