The San Diego Padres rallied for a dramatic win over the Miami Marlins last night and look to be feeling pretty good about themselves.
As we discussed on Tuesday, the San Diego Padres had to be heading into their four-game series at home versus the Marlins hungry for a chance to recoup some lost victories from earlier in the season.
After losing the first game of the series, the Friars have responded with two straight victories and have done so in an extremely impressive fashion. Tyson Ross was cruising along on Wednesday before finding trouble in the sixth.
Just when we thought that the game was about to unravel, the Padres offense got him off the hook in the bottom half of the frame and then put four more on the board in the eighth to seal the deal.
It was undoubtedly a nice and well-earned win, but the Padres really needed another one last night to regain some momentum. Enter, Clayton Richard and his recent string of quality outings. The veteran lefty kept that streak going last night.
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Richard, Reyes lead San Diego Padres to a walk-off win
On a night when everyone in San Diego and folks all around the baseball world were thinking about and praying for Ted Leitner, the Padres beat the Marlins in dramatic fashion.
As if it were written in a script, the Friars won 3-2 after a Hunter Renfroe single and Miguel Rojas error allowed two Padres to score and sent Uncle Ted off for his upcoming treatment sessions with a big smile on his face. We’re all thinking about you, Ted.
Clayton Richard led the way last night with seven strong innings allowing two earned runs on four hits, striking out five and walking just one batter.
He’s now got his earned-run average for the season down to 4.74, a vast improvement from the 6.21 ERA he had after his first start of this month (May 2).
Since that start (4 IP, 6 ER), the 34-year-old lefty has pitched to a 3.22 ERA with a .208 batting average against. This is the type of pitcher we had all hoped Richard would be for the Padres this season.
Franmil Reyes does it again
Speaking of who we thought they would be, San Diego Padres’ rookie behemoth Franmil Reyes hit a home run in his third consecutive game last night to put the Friars in the board in the fourth.
Last night’s homer may not have been as jaw-dropping as Reyes’ still-orbiting bomb from Tuesday night, but a 40-degree launch angle shot that hits the opposite-field foul pole is pretty freaking amazing, too.
From FOX Sports San Diego’s Twitter page, check out this rainmaker.
After a slow start to his MLB career, Reyes has begun to show a lot more confidence at the plate and the results are clearly coming along with it.
His outfield play has been up-and-down, but the power potential alone that Franmil Reyes has displayed should keep him at the major-league level for the foreseeable future, even in a bench role.
Let’s hope that the Padres can keep this mojo working for them as they head into their series finale versus Miami tonight.