The final score of Saturday’s game didn’t reflect the overall feel, as the Padres pounded away at the Phillies to even the series 1-1 in San Diego.
The Padres ended up with 14 hits, including three from Travis Jankowski and Yangervis Solarte on their way to 8 runs. Paul Clemens didn’t quite it through 5 innings and Buddy Baumann pitched 1 and 2/3rd to get the win.
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Early in the game Paul Clemens apparently made a mess when he tried to apply the pine tar for his at-bat. Since the Padres were wearing some of their alternative jersey’s they didn’t have a spare “Clemens” jersey for the pitcher to wear. So for one inning he had to pitch with the name “Player” on his back. It all worked out.
Manager Andy Green described the humorous situation: “Before he went up to hit, he put more pine tar on his bat than a lot of guys use in a year, and managed to get that all over his uniform,. So when he walked out there, I saw him walk out and I saw it all over his uniform.”
Baumann followed Clemens on the mound and was wearing stirrups to match the era of the uniform he was wearing – but he had them on backwards. Rookie mistake.
Clayton Richard made his return to the Padres after returning to baseball last year with the Cubs. He allowed a run on two hits and got one out before Brad Hand finished out the seventh inning. Ryan Buchter worked a scoreless eighth before Brandon Maurer ran into trouble by allowing three runs in the 9th but finished it out in a non-save situation.
Jankowski is really playing well at the top of the lineup, as in addition to his three hits scored a career high 4 runs. His average is up to .260 now after some early struggles and his hustle is making a big impression on the Padres. Manager Andy Green might have to struggle harder than he had thought how to fit in Jankowski, Alex Dickerson and presumed September call ups Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe. Which of course is a pretty good problem to have these final 50+ games of 2016.