San Diego Padres Have to Keep This Ball Rolling After Yesterday
By Tim Ryder
The San Diego Padres need not worry about yesterday’s non-perfect game. They would be much better-served focusing on the flawless victory.
Yesterday’s dance with fate was an incredible experience for all involved. The San Diego Padres seemed to grow more confident in themselves with every finely-located pitch that Jordan Lyles threw. The ripples that Tuesday’s win over the Rockies made could end up growing into actual waves for this team.
After Clayton Richard, Tyson Ross, and the hopefully returning soon Joey Lucchesi, the Padres have a respectable-to-solid group atop their rotation. Add in a shockingly effective Jordan Lyles to that mix, and all of a sudden any pressure that Eric Lauer was feeling could simply drift away.
This, of course, is all just an ideal scenario. Ultimately, the success of this team rides on the ability of the players themselves to rally together and quit giving away at-bats and other things of that nature.
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Lyles was amazing yesterday for the San Diego Padres
As Jordan Lyles gained steam yesterday, and after Eric Hosmer‘s first-pitch two-run blast in the first inning, each at-bat for the Padres was more focused than the previous one.
Guys were staying alive by fouling pitches off and showing a great deal of patience at the plate.
When Christian Villanueva absolutely crushed a ball into the second deck of the left-field stands to give the Padres a 4-0 lead it almost felt like this thing was gonna happen. It really did.
Lyles was pitching with conviction and intent yesterday and it was glorious.
He was living on the outside corner with all of his pitches, was dropping nasty curveballs right where they needed to be, and, quite frankly, he was getting hitters out before they even stepped into the box. Extremely impressive stuff.
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The San Diego Padres need to look at yesterday’s victory as a stepping stone, as small as it may be. If they can keep doing all of the right things, each new stone will be just a little bigger than the last one and will make this journey across the river of an MLB season a little easier to navigate.