Despite an early deficit, the Padres rallied to score 4 in the 9th and defeat the Nationals Sunday 10-6. Ryan Buchter got the win after pitching a scoreless 8th inning.
The Padres were tied 6-6 after being down early and the bullpen pitched six innings to keep the Padres in the game as the offense clubbed their way back. Ryan Schimpf homered again for the Padres and Alexei Ramirez provided the decisive three run double in the 9th inning.
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Padres starter Christian Friedrich lasted only three innings and came into the game having lost three of his past four starts. He certainly didn’t pitch much better on Sunday and continues to struggle with his control, uncorking another wild pitch Sunday and allowing 5 runs on the short day.
“To see the guys battle back like that after a very short outing from our starter, and the bullpen comes out for six innings and gives up one run, it was a borderline dominant effort from them which was great to see…. All the way across, almost everyone had a significant contribution and those are fun games to win.”
Alex Dickerson also homered in the game and Schimpf went back to back to extend their home run streak with ease. With Schimpf’s home run, he set a new franchise record for rookies in a single month, beating out the record previously set by Jedd Gyroko set in August of 2013.
The bullpen work was outstanding for the Padres. Maligned Carlos Villanueva who had a rough week went 3 scoreless innings. Matt Thornton and Buchter followed before Maurer finished up what was a non-save situation with the Padres scoring 4 in the 9th.
All in all, they played one of the National League’s best teams very tough all weekend long with a lot of positives to take from that. Though you would prefer to have the young pitchers proving things instead of old veterans like Edwin Jackson, the offense has certainly been exciting to see take off with the power show.