Packy Naughton and four relievers combined for 13 k’s in the Padres lineup this afternoon, as Naughton would get the ball rolling with the first 4. Naughton would work the first nine batters of the game (2.1IP), throwing to the lineup one time thru before turning it over to Pallante for 3.1IP.
An Azocar double, deflected on a diving attempt from Bader would end his afternoon. Pallante would come in and give up an rbi single to Profar to CF to make it a 1-0 Padres lead. Pallante would buckle up and get the final two outs of the inning, getting back-to-back k’s on 95mph heaters to Machado and Hosmer.
The Cardinals would get on the board with a little two-out rally in the 3rd, getting things started with a Tommy Edman infield single to Cronenworth. That would extend the inning to Gorman, who already ripped a changeup off the wall his first at bat vs Martinez before getting thrown out at 2B on an outfield assist from Azocar. And guess what? Martinez didn’t learn his lesson, serving him up another changeup and Gorman would demolish it over the Cards bullpen again for his 2nd career HR, sending it 403 feet at 105.7mph to give the Cards a 2-1 lead.
Pallante’s 53 pitches over 3.1IP in relief paid off huge, the second time in as many appearances of extended work for Pallante (3IP on 05/26). Pallante would give up 5 hits but even things out by getting 5 strikeouts of his own, giving up just 1ER, as Gio would allow his inherited dinner to score on a two-out single from Nola.
Goldy, who extended his on-base streak to 35 games with a walk in the 3rd, would extend his 21-game hitting streak in a big way, drilling his 11th HR of the season to LF to make it a 5-2 game.
A Yadi double off Wilson would cap the scoring, driving in Nootbaar (PR for Yepez) for his 9th rbi to make it 6-2.
Gio, Cabrera, & Helsley would work the final 3.1IP, as Gio and Cabrera would pick up holds and Helsely would work the final four outs, ending things with a huge 4-6-3 double play to take game one from the Friars, 6-3.
Uncle Charlie (5-4, 3.12) gets the nod tomorrow night vs the left-hander, Blake Snell (0-2, 6.00). First pitch is scheduled for 6:45pm c/t.