The Padres offense finally showed up, highlighted by two home runs from both Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers.
For about five and a half innings, it looked like the Padres offseason was on the cusp of commencing. Zach Davies was not sharp, allowing four runs in the first two innings, highlighted by a two-run homer from Kolten Wong. Davies only last two innings, and aside from allowing four earned runs, he fanned three while walking only one.
But how about the job, for the most part, that this bullpen did to keep the Padres in the game long enough for the offense to realize it was a must-win game? Trailing 6-2 and two men on, Fernando Tatis Jr. smoked a three-run shot, and Manny Machado immediately followed with a solo blast of his own, tying the game in the process.
Heading into the seventh inning, the Padres took full control of the game, with Wil Myers hitting a laser home run down the left-field line, and Tatis followed with his second homer on the evening. Despite the Cardinals’ best attempt to close the gap, Myers’ two-run shot in the bottom of the 8th, his second of the night, pretty much sealed it for the Padres.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his second home run of the series, and the Padres should consider just walking him tomorrow and make Dylan Carlson beat you. The homer came off Padres closer Trevor Rosenthal, who made his second consecutive appearance. He got into some trouble in the ninth, but after an infield pop up and an awful strikeout by Matt Carpenter, it set the stage for a routine groundout to first to end the game.
While the late-game heroics were fun to watch, the Padres went 2-for-10 with RISP and left 9 men on base. Yet they still scored 11 runs. Baseball is weird, but it would be nice to cash in more tomorrow on those opportunities.
- Tatis: 3-for-5, with 2 HR and 5 RBI
- Myers: 2-for-5 with 2 HR and 4 RBI
- Johnson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Something to monitor
Tommy Pham had another awkward swing that prompted the trainer to take a look at the hand that landed him on the injured list. He went 4-for-5 in Game 2. Will he play in the decisive Game 3?