In game two of the virtual series, the Padres fell at home to the Diamondbacks, but Wil Myers hit his eighth home run of the year.
After yesterday’s late rally propelled the Padres to a 6-3 virtual win, the Diamondbacks reversed the table on Wednesday. Zach Davies opposed Robbie Ray with both pitchers going five innings and allowing four earned runs. Ray struck out nine while allowing four walks and eight hits.
Davies struck out just three, walked four, and gave up six hits. With the Diamondbacks and Padres converting just 2-of-10 and 2-of-9 with RISP, respectively, this game came down to a battle of the bullpens. Wil Myers provided the only home run of the game, a virtual moonshot to centerfield, and his eighth on the year.
David Bednar struck out two while blanking the Diamondbacks in his only inning, and his ERA remains unblemished on the year. Both Craig Stammen and Drew Pomeranz did their jobs in the seventh and eighth innings, with a combined two strikeouts and three hits.
But after remaining perfect all year thus far, Kirby Yates took the loss. Ketel Marte got the party started for the Diamondbacks with a leadoff single. Two batters later, David Peralta doubled, driving home Marte, and the Padres could do nothing off Junior Guerra in the bottom half of the inning to send the almost 40,000 in attendance home disappointed.
Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Juan Lagares all notched two hits on the day. Tommy Pham had a rough go of it, registering an 0-3 day with two strikeouts. His sac-fly in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the game at four.
In a losing effort, Ty France pinch-hit for Bednar, knocking a single and increasing his batting average to a robust .368. These two teams will meet in the rubber match on Thursday. The Padres are now 30-26 on the year and seven games back of the first-place Dodgers.