San Diego Padres: Random Thoughts from Friars Win Over Astros
By Tim Ryder
The 1-6 San Diego Padres went into the home of the reigning World Series champions and outplayed them in every facet of the game. Here are my random thoughts from the Friars biggest win of the season.
Luis Perdomo worked himself out of a couple of jams and finished his night with five innings of one-run ball in his first win of the season for the San Diego Padres.
He got himself into some trouble at times, walking three and allowing four hits, but escaped nearly all of those scenarios unscathed.
At times, Perdomo, 25, looked totally in control of his stuff and was downright aggressive at times, exuding confidence by the bucketful.
The Padres’ bullpen worked beautifully, with Jordan Lyles striking out four in two innings and Kirby Yates working a perfect eighth inning. All in all, the Friars bullpen set down nine consecutive Astros from the sixth inning through the eighth.
Padres looked good at the plate and in the field
Freddy Galvis continues to hit, staying hot at the plate (.370 average) and getting on base at an impressive pace, .469 to be exact.
Jose Pirela had three hits and two RBI tonight, his third multi-hit game of the season, raising his average to .294.
Manuel Margot made a terrific diving catch in centerfield, robbing Jose Altuve of a sure extra-base hit in the sixth. Here is a clip of the grab, via FOX Sports San Diego:
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Hunter Renfroe looks a little lost at the plate, leaving five men on base tonight, striking out twice, dropping his average to .222 with no homers and just one run batted in.
He barely missed a home run in the top of the ninth, soaring just wide of the left-field foul pole.
Eric Hosmer seems to be trying to do a little too much at the plate over his last two games after three opposite-field doubles in two games versus Milwaukee and Colorado.
Hosmer looked to be swinging out of his cleats at times since then, but he did chip in a ninth-inning double for his only hit of the game tonight.
After taking a pitch directly to his left hand in his seventh-inning at-bat and staying in the game, Christian Villanueva knocked in Hosmer with an RBI double in the ninth to give the Padres a 4-1 lead. It took Villanueva long enough to get here, he’s not leaving after eight games.
Brad lends a Hand in Padres’ win
Brad Hand came in for the ninth after a couple of poor outings in the first week of the season. Padres pitchers had come into the ninth retiring the last 15 Astros hitters they faced, and Hand immediately set down Josh Reddick on strikes for one out.
Hand walked Marwin Gonzalez on the ninth pitch of the at-bat, putting a man on base with one out. Evan Gattis lined out to Hunter Renfroe, bringing pinch-hitter Max Stassi to the plate as the tying run.
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Hand got him to 0-2 before striking out Stassi and securing a huge win for the San Diego Padres. Wow, what a game. Let’s Go, Padres!