Hedges Continues Swinging Hot Bat in Padres 5-4 Loss.

Hedges Homers for Second Time In Series.

Braden Surprenant
August 04, 2018 - 4:08 pm

The San Diego Padres came up just a little short on Saturday afternoon, as they were taken down by the Chicago Cubs 5-4 for the second time in two days.

The Cubs were able to score all of their runs in the second inning, thanks to a couple home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo and a couple RBI singles by Jason Heyward and Addison Russell.

After a five run inning for Chicago, Padres starter Walker Lockett, settled down to pitch three innings of shutout baseball. The rookie starter finished giving up five runs, on nine hits, walking two while striking out six over five innings pitched.

The Padres bullpen was lights out yet again as Matt Strahm, Jose Castillo and Phil Maton combined to pitch three innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits, and striking out six. Castillo was even able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning to give the Padres offense a chance late in the game.

That Padres offense did not go away quietly today; despite being put into a 5-0 deficit early in today’s game. They were able to add three runs in the fourth inning with a RBI ground rule double by Manuel Margot that scored Travis Jankowski. Followed by, a Hunter Renfroe sacrifice fly, and an Austin Hedges solo home run to left field, which was his second home run of the series. Padres made it a 5-3 game in favor of the Cubs after 4 innings.

In the sixth inning, San Diego was able to chip away some more at the 5-3 deficit, with an Austin Hedges sacrifice fly to right field that plated Eric Hosmer, making it a 5-4 ballgame after six complete innings.

The Padres would however only put up four runs as the next ten, Padre hitters that came to the plate after Austin Hedges went down in order, giving the Cubs a 5-4 victory for the second day in a row.

Positive Notes After a Loss:

Austin Hedges is swinging a hot bat ever since the Padres trade of Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians. A trade that just so happened gave the Padres a highly regarded catching prospect by the name of Francisco Mejia. Since the trade on July 19th, Hedges is 11-for-39 (.282), with six runs scored, one double, four home runs, seven RBI, and four walks. Before July 19th Hedges was hitting .233/.288/.372, now Hedges is hitting .244/.302/.433. Maybe Hedges is hitting his stride, or maybe the recent trade has given him some extra motivation. Whatever it is Hedges is swinging a hot bat, one that hopefully continues into next season.