Padres Home Runs Are Not Enough. Cubs Win 11-6.

Padres Drop Game 2 of the Series

Braden Surprenant
July 15, 2018 - 12:30 am

Eric Hosmer got things started for the Padres in the first inning with a huge two run home run to left field, his first home run since June 12th. Saying he needed that would be an understatement. Hosmer had been in a huge slump over the past couple series. Hosmer was a lowly 1-for-25 on the past road trip, 2-for-16 against the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier on the homestand, and 0-for-5 last night against the Chicago Cubs. That is a 3-for-46 performance over the past eleven games.

It was great to see Hosmer connect on a pitch and hammer the ball to deep right field to give the Padres an early 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Cubs would answer and quickly take the lead.

The Cubs were able to get a run back in the second inning thanks to a solo home run by Ian Happ. Chicago would then take the lead in the fourth inning on a two run home run off the bat of left fielder Kyle Schwarber. The very next inning the Cubs would get two more runs, off Padres starter Luis Perdomo, who was taken out of the game in the fifth inning.

Perdomo finished giving up five runs on seven hits, walking two, striking out six over 4 1/3 inning pitched.

Chicago’s pitching was more successful than the Padres tonight. Besides the two run home run in the first, Kyle Hendricks pitched shutout ball for the next four innings, striking out two and not allowing a walk. Then came the seventh inning…

Hunter Renfroe, who came out of Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers after two at-bats and had not played since, came on to pitch hit with one out and AJ Ellis on first base. He saw one pitch, an 85mph cutter that landed over the center field wall. Then came the eighth inning…

Chicago was done messing around. They added three runs on three hits and blew the game open 8-4, where they would not look back. Javier Baez would then add an additional three runs with a three run shot to right field, giving the Cubs an 11-4 lead.

San Diego showed some fight in the ninth as they were able to string some hits together and score two runs, but it would not be enough as the Cubs went on to win 11-6.

Padres drop their fifth game of the seven game homestand. They look to get a win tomorrow before the All-Star break on Monday. The Padres will send out Eric Lauer to take on Jon Lester for Chicago. First pitch is at 1:10pm with 97.3’s Pregame show starting at 12:10pm with Coach John Kentera.