Padres send back-to-back jacks to bury Wacha and Cards, 3-1
I’m back. And sheesh, the Cardinals welcomed me back to scorekeeping and recapping in brilliant fashion.
Long story short, this team seriously might be cursed. Michael Wacha drove in the lone run with an infield single in the 4th, scoring Yadi to put the Cards up 1-0. That’s seriously the only positive. That is, if your pitcher driving in the only run on an infield single is positive. The run snapped a 16 inning scoreless streak, and a pitcher was the reason, pathetic.
Swags Ozuna left the game after getting picked off 1B in the top of the 3rd. He appeared to jam his third and fourth fingers and immediately removed himself from the game. He was placed on the IL almost as the same time the game ended. Tyler O’Neill should be making an appearance soon.
The Padres grabbed the lead in the bottom of the 6th, with Wacha still on the hill. Shildt passed a perfect pinch-hit opportunity with Wacha in the top half of the inning, with two runners on and two outs, but elected to keep his starter out there since he had a low pitch count.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer would send back-to-back jacks with one out in the bottom of the 6th, putting the Friars up 2-1.
Wacha would pitch one more scoreless frame, ending his night after 7 innings: (7IP, 6 hits, 2er, 1 bb, 2 k’s, 2 HRs)
Padres starter Eric Lauer would last only 4 innings, running his pitch count to 98 in that span. Quantrill, Perdomo (he’d be nice on this Cardinals team, oh wait...), Stammen (17th hold), and Yates (27th save) worked the final 5 scoreless innings for the SD pen.
The Padres plated an insurance run on Gallegos in the bottom of the 8th, holding on to win this game by the final score of 3-1.
With the loss, the Cardinals have dropped their last four games and fall back to the (.500) mark.
Dakota Hudson (6-3, 3.36) and Chris Paddack (4-4, 3.18) headline an awesome pitching matchup in game-two. First pitch from Petco Park 9:10pm c/t.