The results weren’t what they had hoped for, but the San Diego Padres did have a few things going for themselves at the plate last night.
Although the San Diego Padres ended up losing the game last night in Pittsburgh, their offense seemed to be firing on all cylinders, literally. Every player in the starting lineup reached base last night and everyone had a base hit except for Manuel Margot (walk).
Travis Jankowski singled in his second at-bat and walked in the fifth inning, raising his batting average to .360 and his OPS to .958 since making his season debut on April 29 (fifty at-bats).
Freddy Galvis added a hit in the third last night and is now hitting .304 with a .844 OPS over his last seven games. It seems like he’s slowly busting out of his extended slump. He also doubled in the sixth to keep a rally alive but the Friars came away with nothing.
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Even Lauer joined the hit parade
Even last night’s starting pitcher, Eric Lauer, got in on the action, lacing the first extra-base hit of his young career.
Raffy Lopez got the start behind the dish and got in the hit column with his sixth-inning poke to right field. Franchy Cordero added his fourth double of the season in the seventh for his only hit of the game.
Even though the Padres couldn’t scratch a run out in the sixth and didn’t put another runner on base for the rest of the game against the Pirates’ bullpen, there was a ton of encouraging signs coming out of the San Diego dugout. That’s a plus in itself and most certainly something to build off of.