Petco Park- San Diego, California
The San Diego Padres already won a series for the first time since the All-Star break when thy were victorious in Saturday’s contest against Colorado.
In going for the sweep, the team had Dinelson Lamet on the mound. The pitcher was throwing on four-days rest for the first time this season and the right-handed pitcher threw the ball well. Lamet was a little erratic, walking three in the game and hitting a batter, but he settled in when the team needed him for the most part. “He’s doing some nice things,” Andy Green said after the game. Lamet went five innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. He struck out seven in the game.
The bullpen has been inconsistent all season long, and Sunday was no different.
Craig Stammen entered in the 5th inning after Lamet gave up a two-run homer to Yonder Alonso to tie the game. He quickly allowed two base hits and a run before gaining two outs for the team. A second run scored when Rockies’ pitcher German Marquez singled with two outscoring Ian Desmond. The Padres allowed four in the inning when it was all said and done as Colorado took a 4-2 lead.
The Padres two runs came on solo homers off the bats of Josh Naylor and Francisco Mejia. Naylor ended the game 1-for-4 and now has a .733 OPS in his rookie season. Mejia went 3-for-4 in the game and is now hitting .600 (15-for-25) in his last seven games with two homers. “He is catching a lot better. He is gaining more opportunities in the lineup,” Green said to the media about Mejia. He started three of the four games against the Rockies in this series, and that seems to be where the team is headed in terms of distributing playing time.
Michel Baez was the lone bright spot out of the pen as he threw 1 1/3 scoreless ball on Sunday. He has still yet to allow a run in his rookie season. Matt Strahm gave up two runs in an inning of work and now has a 5.38 ERA. Carl Edwards Jr. was recalled before the game as Gerardo Reyes was sent to El Paso. Edwards Jr. was knocked around for two earned runs in his Padres’ debut. He now has a 6.61 ERA on the season between Chicago and San Diego.
The Padres dropped the game 8-3 as they only managed six hits in the game. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-4 ending his hitting streak. The Padres struck out ten times in the game as they continue to struggle making contact.
Monday night will be a matchup with the Tampa Rays.
Joey Lucchesi will start for San Diego. The Rays have yet to announce a starter.