Oracle Park- San Francisco, California
Looking to win a four-game series against the Giants, the San Diego Padres headed into Sunday with Eric Lauer on the mound.
The Friars started the game on the right foot as Greg Garcia homered to lead off the game. The Padres ended up scoring two in the 1st inning, but Eric Lauer allowed a game-tying home run off the bat of Kevin Pillar in the bottom of the 1st. The Padres answered the shot as Ty France hit a long homer off of Jeff Samardzija to make it 3-2 Padres.
For France, that would be the start of a massive day for the former SDSU product. The right-handed hitter went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs on the day. France is looking to give Luis Urias a run at the second base job for the 2020 season.
Eric Hosmer also had a lovely day with the stick, as the first baseman went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double. His OPS is up to .787 on the season for the Padres.
Lauer pitched well, though the long ball victimized him. The left-hander went six innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. He struck out a career-high nine batters in his 108-pitch effort. He has a 4.55 ERA on the season in 26 starts. Lauer is now 8-8 on the season after earning the win on Sunday. “It was a good outing for him,” Andy Green said after the game about Lauer. The manger wanst to see more intensity from Lauer early in games so that he finds a better consistency.
Once again, the bullpen pitched well as Luis Perdomo, Andres Munoz and David Bednar sealed the win for San Diego. Munoz looked dominant, striking out the side in the 8th. He is locating his slider well now, and the sky is the limit for the fireball right-handed pitcher. He topped out at 101 mph on the day with his fastball. “He’s been good,” Green told the media.
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In the final game of the 2019 season between the Padres and Giants, David Bednar made his major league debut, and the closer from Double-A was able to record the three outs. Bednar was topping out at 97 mph with his fastball and showed an excellent offspeed pitch. He went 1-2-3 and is yet another bullpen option for the Friars down the stretch.
The Padres now head to Arizona to battle the Diamondbacks in a three-game series that starts on Monday.
Cal Quantrill will be on the mound for the Padres, and Mike Leake will be toeing the rubber for Arizona in a 1:10 game.