San Diego Padres OF Wil Myers has a career night, as the rest of his team falls apart.
The San Diego Padres completely fell apart on Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. At the time of this writing, the Padres are losing 16-5 with the game still going in the seventh inning.
Coming off an outing in which he gave up seven earned runs, Tyson Ross lasted just two innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Kazuhisa Makita failed to produce much better results in relief. Makita gave up seven more runs (five earned) on two walks and five hits (including two home runs).
While the pitching was bad and the offense was, once again, almost non-existent, there was one bright spot to emerge from the nuclear fallout that was Saturday night.
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After appearing to look comfortable and healthy at the plate since his return from an oblique injury, Wil Myers proved to everyone he was feeling good with his first career three home run performance.
Before Saturday night, Myers had hit multiple home runs on five different occasions, but never more than two. According to the notes of MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell, it’s the first time in Major League Baseball history that a player hit three home runs in a game and his team lost by double digits.
Editor’s note: The Diamondbacks now lead 17-5 as the Padres turn to their fifth pitcher of the night, Robbie Erlin.
The first home run came in the top of the first inning. The two-run shot followed a leadoff walk by Manuel Margot, putting the Friar Faithful in a pretty good mood.
His second home run came in the third inning, a solo shot to centerfield to cut the Padres’ deficit to 8-3.
Editor’s note: It’s now 19-5 Arizona over San Diego. Bases are loaded. There is just one out. Arizona could very well break the record for most runs scored against the Padres in a nine-inning game (23). That good mood from earlier was eliminated about two hours ago.
His third and final home run came in the top of the seventh inning, another solo shot.
Team performance aside for a moment, Wil Myers gets a job well done, tonight. Congratulations, Wil! It was the second time a Padre hitter recorded three home runs in one game. Christian Villanueva achieved the same feat earlier in the season.
Final update: The Padres finally dropped this game, 20-5. The 20 runs scored are a franchise record for the Arizona Diamondbacks.