The San Diego Padres’ offense led the team to a two-game sweep against the Baltimore Orioles, with almost a half-dozen home runs on Wednesday.
There were no Padres heroes on Wednesday—it wasn’t one single person who carried the team. No, this was the definition of a team win: every Friar in the lineup had either a hit, walk, run, or RBI, with the exception of catcher Austin Hedges.
San Diego delivered an all-around exciting performance against the league’s worst club, finishing the game with 10 runs, 11 hits, and five home runs. That makes nine home runs in two games for the Friars.
The day started with the Orioles, though, as they jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Renato Nunez drove in Hanser Alberto with a double to right field.
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The Padres once again responded in the second inning. This time it was a two-run homer by Greg Garcia to put San Diego ahead. Eric Hosmer added an RBI groundout to plate Manuel Margot.
And for the second day in a row, the team hit a home run in four consecutive innings—the first time that’s happened for the San Diego Padres since 2007.
While the Orioles tried to chip away at the lead, the effort was futile with the Friars scoring in six out of nine innings.
Fernando Tatis Jr. continued to dazzle offensively, going 2-for-4 including a walk and two stolen bases. Hosmer also had a standout performance, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and an impressive four RBIs.
But perhaps the most exciting Padre on Wednesday was Franmil Reyes, who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He had two home runs, one of which launched a mammoth 452 feet. This was Reyes’ fifth career multi-home run game, four of which have happened in 2019.
San Diego’s offense made up for a pitching performance that wasn’t as impressive, but was enough to hold onto the win.
Matt Strahm had a decent day on the mound—his best outing in four starts. He gave up four runs off of five hits through six innings, but two of those were home runs, making it the sixth start in a row where he’s given up two long shots. He finished strong, however, striking out nine batters without allowing a walk.
The bullpen was still inconsistent as well. Trey Wingenter allowed two hits with no runs, and Cal Quantrill struggled immediately when called upon in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Padres holding a 10-4 lead.
Quantrill loaded up the bases and walked in another run before Craig Stammen stemmed the bleeding, finishing the game by notching three strikeouts.
With Wednesday’s victory, the San Diego Padres have pulled back to .500, sitting at 40-40 and are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3rd place in the National League West. Both teams are 14 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres now head back to San Diego to host the St. Louis Cardinals, who come to Petco Park on Friday, June 28.
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