Padres Road Trip Recap
The Padres return home this week following a ten game road trip that saw them go .500. The trip started in Pittsburgh with a 5-4 loss. However the Friars responded by taking the next three games at PNC Park.
In the final game of the series, San Diego found themselves down 5-4 when Jose Pirela scored on a fielding error to tie the game at 5. Freddy Galvis then executed a perfect squeeze play to score Franchy Cordero to take the lead.
The Padres added two more on an A.J. Ellis double to extend the lead to 8-5, a lead they would not relinquish.
The Padres next headed to our nation's capital for a three game series vs. the Washington Nationals. After dropping the first game 10-2, the Padres lost a heartbreaker, 2-1 on a 9th inning walk-off by Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor.
San Diego did bounce back in the final game of the series though, winning 3-1 behind a strong outing from Tyson Ross who went 6 ⅔ innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 9 K’s. Brand Hand also was impressive with a 5-out save, his 15th save of the season.
San Diego wrapped up the road trip with a three game series at Chavez Ravine vs. the 4th place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres dropped the first game of the series 4-1 with the difference runs provided by former Padre Matt Kemp.
In game two, Christian Villanueva hit his 13th and 14th home runs this season, as the Padres won 7-5. Villanueva now trails NL leader Bryce Harper by just one home run and leads all MLB rookies. Brad Hand sealed the win with his 16th save of the year. The Padres lost the rubber game of the series 6-1 as the offense was stifled by rookie pitcher Walker Buehler.
The Padres will be back at Petco Park for a four game series with the Miami Marlins this week. Eric Lauer (1-2, 6.67 ERA) will get the start on Monday and Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.13 ERA) will be on the mound on Tuesday. Following that series, the Padres will face the Reds and Braves before going back on the road.
News: The Padres acquired Phil Hughes from the Twins on Sunday. San Diego also received the 74th pick in next month’s draft. The Padres sent catcher Janigson Villalobos to Minnesota to complete the deal.