The Padres finalized the Matt Kemp trade late Saturday night, and this new lineup didn’t look great on Sunday afternoon. Wil Myers did what he could getting on base once with a walk and getting two stolen bases – including one of home.
With the loss of Kemp, Wil Myers dropped down to the three spot in the order and Ryan Schimpf took over the cleanup role. Jabari Blash got the start in right field and Alexi Amarista starting in left field.
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Paul Clemens got his first start for the Padres, and that was going well until he was forced to leave the game in the 5th with an apparent injury. He allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 5 and allowing 1 home run. Unfortunately he left with the Padres down 2-1 and he took the loss.
Wil Myers stole the show in the 6th inning. As Reds starter Home Bailey walked the bases loaded, he turned his back and walked behind the mound in frustration. Wil Myers took advantage of the situation and ran home for the Padres second steal of home this season without even a throw. He didn’t get any hits on the day but get two stolen bases after a walk and a RBI ground out.
There had been widespread speculation that the Padres would finally bring up Hunter Renfroe or Manuel Margot after trading away both Melvin Upton Jr.and Kemp – but apparently Blash is the guy for now. He did get a hit on Sunday with a walk and struck out twice.
Apparently both of these future stars won’t get a shot until September – which means it is good the Padres got that home run streak in July because they could be pretty hard to come by in August.
Amarista was the only Padre to get two hits on the day, and with Clemens early exit the Padres burned through 6 relief pitchers. Only Buddy Baumann struggled, allowing two hits and a run without getting the outs.
It might be a long August, but with September will come some top prospects as the Padres continue building for the future.