Padres Win Series vs Phillies but Lose Tatis Jr. For Season
This weekend was a good news/bad news weekend for Padre fans.
It began on Friday afternoon when it was reported by the UT’s Kevin Acee that rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. will likely be out for the remainder of the season with a lower back injury.
Tatis Jr. is schedule to be re-evaluated in September but given that the Padres are far out of contention, it is very unlikely that he will play again this season.
On the field Friday, Chris Paddack took the mound and struck out the side to start the game. However, “The Sheriff” ran into trouble in the 2nd inning giving up an RBI single to fall behind 1-0. The trouble continued in the 3rd inning as he gave up solo home runs to Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto which extended the Philadelphia lead to 3-0. The Phillies added two more in the 5th to make it a 5-0 lead.
The Padres got three in the 6th on a two-run triple by Francisco Mejía and a RBI groundout by Wil Myers which cut the lead to 5-3 but Bryce Harper slammed the door in San Diego’s face in the bottom half of the inning with a three run homer to make it 8-3.
Eric Hosmer’s RBI groundout in the 8th made it 8-4 but that was it for the Padres offense as the Phillies took game on of the series.
San Diego once again fell behind on Saturday as Philly scored two in the 2nd and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead but Padres starter Dinelson Lamet pitched well enough to keep the Padres in the game. Lament pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6.
The Padres tied the game in the top of the 4th on a RBI single by Manny Margot and a two run double by Josh Naylor.
Ty France gave the Padres the lead in the 5th on a RBI single and Luis Urias gave the Padres an insurance run with a RBI single of his own to make it 5-3.
A Padres bullpen that has been much maligned throughout the season pulled it together down the stretch allowing no hits and only one base runner over the final three innings. Kirby Yates picked up his 34th save of the season as San Diego picked up the victory on Saturday night 5-3.
Philly took another early lead on Sunday on an Jean Segura RBI double which put them up 1-0.
It stayed 1-0 until the top of the 4th when Luis Urias hit a two run home run, his 4th home run of the year, to give the Padres a 2-1 lead.
The Phillies tied the game in the sixth but Austin Hedges unlocked the deadlock in the top of the 7th with a solo home run on his way to a 4 for 4 game on his 27th birthday.
Once again the Padre bullpen temporarily silenced its critics allowing just one hit over the final three innings as Yates notched down his 35th save of the year as San Diego won the game 3-2.
The Padres record now stands at 58-65 and the team will now travel to Cincinnati for a three game series vs. the Reds. Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.55 ERA) will take the mound on Monday with Cal Quantrill (6-3, 3.23 ERA) starting on Tuesday.