The San Diego Padres stayed warm, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Saturday night.
The Padres won their seventh road trip game behind a solid pitch from Matt Strahm and a timely hit. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer drove in two runs each, and Franmil Reyes put the Padres ahead forever with a home run that broke the tie. All of the Padres' races came with two outs.
The Padres seemed to have their hands full against Kelly, with an OPS team of .682 against the righties. Merrill Kelly entered with 14 strikeouts against two walks in 15 innings and a 3.00 ERA. In contrast, Strahm entered the game with four strikeouts and five walks in nine innings, which is good for a 5.79 ERA.
The Padres entered the confrontation with their initial hitters that went 0-15. Manuel Margot broke that streak with a double exit. With one out, Manny Machado moved Margot to third with a single in left field and took the second in the shot. Eric Hosmer reached the plate with a .400 (2-5) average with two out and runners in scoring position, and he recovered in the clutch once again, connecting a single right to the right at Margot and Machado.
The poor baserunning of Ian Kinsler and Austin Hedges erased a threat in the second. After Kinsler doubled, he was caught trying to advance to third position in a short fielder's choice. When he was eliminated, Hedges was rounded first, as he was marked before he could return. Strahm and Margot followed with singles before Reyes went ashore to finish the entrance.
In the third, Tatis followed a double of two outs from Hosmer with his fourth homer of the season in his 15th career game, something no other shortstop has ever done in baseball history at his age.
#Parents Fernando Tatis Jr. has four homers in 15 career games. He is 20 years old and 101 days old. No other shortstop in history has more than two homers in 15 games played at his age.
– Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) April 14, 2019
Arizona threatened two runners on base in each of the first three innings. Adam Jones opened the first with a double and Peralta was hit by a pitch, but both were stranded. Strahm struck out Adam Jones with runners in the corners of the second. In the third, he put Walker in the swing and Escobar in a line to the center to leave the first and third runners again. Arizona was 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
Strahm did not have great speed, but he threw his slider for punches, and his change was effective. His fastball came to about 91 and his slider to 84-87. He threw almost as many sliders as fastballs. Finally, he found his rhythm in the fourth inning, getting the Diamondbacks with two strikeouts and a win over the receiver. He threw first-shot punches to only seven of the 21 batters he faced but none walked.
The first ride of the game came with two outs at the top of the fifth. Hunter Renfroe worked the full count and missed two pitches before taking Kelly's 89th pitch for the fourth ball. Kelly finished with 95 pitches, striking out five. He had a first pitch in only 12 of the 23 batters.
Up to 4-0, the Padres went to the bullpen in the sixth. The Padres relievers entered the game with a WHIP of 1.16 and 10.6K / 9, having allowed only six runs and 12 hits in the sixth inning of the first 15 games of this season. Gerardo Reyes, just arrived at his debut in the big leagues last night, accompanied David Peralta to open the entrance. Peralta arrived at the base for the third time in the game after entering the game with a .478 average against the Padres with five singles and six doubles. Reyes would get Walker to search, but he gave Eduardo Escobar a single in a good pitch outside the area. With runners on the corners, Nick Ahmed singled to the right, scoring Peralta and moving Escobar to third. Carson Kelly followed with a double that scored Escobar and finished the second appearance of Reyes in the Major Leagues. Right-hander Craig Stammen came in for relief against emerging left-handed hitter Ildemaro Vargas. A ground for Kinsler in the second scored Ahmed and advanced to Kelly to third, but a Tatis error in a ground ball hit by Jones tied the game with 4-4.
Franmil Reyes broke the tie in the seventh with a field homer of two outs, his third homer of the year. The great right fielder made it look easy with a gentle swing of a ball that breaks in the outside corner.
– Parents of San Diego (@Padres) April 14, 2019
With a punch for the pitcher in third place in the lineup, Jarrod Dyson took a walk to open the bottom of the seventh against Robert Stock. Dyson took second place in an uncontrolled pitch, and Peralta made four pitches, his fourth time he reached the base. Andy Green changed arms. Trey Wingenter immediately stopped Dyson and caught him in a recap. Machado applied the label and Peralta advanced to second. Christian Walker walked on a full count. Wingenter then hit Escobar, loading the bases. Ahmed reached the plate and won a full account by taking five pitches. Wingenter continued to bring his fastball, hitting 96 on the weapon in the sixth shot to Ahmed, who bounced sharply to Wingenter to begin a double play 1-2-3. The double play in the draw was only the fourth of the Padres of the season, and could not have come at a better time
Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his ninth save of the year. He allowed an initial double to Ketel Marte, but came back and struck a side swing. Yates now has 17 strikeouts and only three walks in 10 innings. The Padres used six relievers in an exhausted bullpen and, unfortunately, do not have a day off until Wednesday.
The Padres now have a 7-2 record with one game remaining on this ten-game road trip. Eric Lauer (2-1, 4.76 ERA) takes the mound for the Padres. Zack Greinke (1-1, 7.16) gets the ball for the Diamondbacks.
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