Padres Win Big In Opener over Diamondbacks


Does it make you wonder what the Padres season would’ve looked like with a full healthy season from Wil Myers? He was certainly in top form on Monday, leading off with a home run and finishing the game with 4 RBI. The Padres sent nine men to the plate in the first and fifth, scoring five runs each time and winning the game 10-3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Derek Norris exited the game in the 5th after getting hit with a foul ball, but it appears to be just a bruise. I postulated last night that perhaps giving him some time off and letting Austin Hedges some everyday playing time behind the dish might not be a bad idea, but we shall see what happens. I do expect Norris to at least get tonight off.

With the early lead, it allowed James Shields to cruise through this game. He pitched 7 strong innings allowing only one run and striking out 6 on the night. Shields is now at 189 1/3 innings pitched on the season, and with likely three starts left should easily surpass 200 innings pitched again for the 9th consecutive season. In fact he has reached the plateau since his rookie season of 2006.

Cory Spangenberg also chipped in three RBI for the Padres and stole a base in a 2-4 night. Cody Decker made his long-awaited Padres debut but went 0-1 for pinch-hitting. Another call-up yesterday making his major league debut was Jay Jackson, who unfortunately struggled when coming on in the 9th. He allowed 4 hits, two runs, and only got two outs. That said, if you are going to struggle with nerves hopefully he got them out in a 10-1 ballgame than a close game.

It was a good night for many of the Padres to stretch their offensive muscles, and for others like Myers who was injured much of the season it gives a glimpse of what 2016 and beyond might look like.

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