Padres: Unexpected hero Ty France clears the bases (video)

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The Padres were down 4-0 but padded the lead on a Ty France bases-clearing double.

In Game 1 of a critical series, Zach Davies spotted the Rockies with a 4-0 lead; however, the Padres should have theoretically escaped from the first inning without any damage. A taylor-made double play ball was hit to Jake Cronenworth, and as Fernando Tatis Jr. fired to first, the ball appeared to go through the laces of Eric Hosmer’s glove.

Moments later, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer. Interesting note regarding Kemp-all three of his home runs have come against the Friars this season. But this year’s Padres club has no quit in them, as demonstrated in yesterday’s seven-run seventh. Tatis manufactured the go-ahead run with a 1 out double. He stole third on a ball that was right in front of home plate, and he came home on a Manny Machado sac fly.

That set the stage for Ty France, who came to the plate with the bases loaded.

It wasn’t a grand slam, but I suppose we can accept it. The double marked France’s third hit and fourth RBI of the night. They seem to get contributors from the unexpected every night.

Let’s hope the bullpen can lock down this game.