Padres 8-2 Winners Backed by Great Pitching

Brian Fenley's 3 Ups

June 02, 2018 - 11:53 pm

By: Braden Surprenant

The San Diego Padres were able to get an 8-2 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday night thanks to the great pitching performance by the Padres pitching staff.

Eric Lauer started the night off on the hill for San Diego and despite having runners on first and second in the first inning he was able to pitch out of it for a solid first inning of work. He did not leave the game unscathed however, as Curt Casali was able to hit a solo home run off of Lauer in the second inning to tie the game at one. Other than that Lauer was great as he finished giving up one run, on five hits, walking two and striking out four.

It was not just the pitching that was working for the Padres, the bat also came alive tonight. The second inning got the Padres a serious lead early in the game. Franmil Reyes got it started with a single, Freddy Galvis followed with another single and A.J. Ellis was able to draw a walk. Manuel Margot plated Reyes and Galvis with a double down the right field line, and Eric Lauer chalked up his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly to score A.J. Ellis. Travis Jankowski followed up with an RBI single and the Padres took a 5-1 lead after two innings.

The Padres would have another big inning in the seventh to blow the game open 8-1, but it was the 8th inning that really got Padre fans excited.

Jose Castillo came on in relief in the eighth inning to make his Major League debut, and was he ready for the big stage of Major League Baseball. Castillo pitched to the heart of Cincinnati’s order that included Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Adam Duvall. The twenty-two-year-old left hander had good velocity and was fooling hitters with his slider. He made Joey Votto extremely uncomfortable in the batter’s box as well as Suarez and Duvall. Jose Castillo struck out the side in his debut and he should excite a lot of Padre fans!

The Reds would get a home run in the ninth inning, when Scott Schebler hit a solo shot off newly acquired Phil Hughes. Hughes settled down and finished up the game for the Padres, preserving an 8-2 victory.

With the win the Padres move to 26-34 on the year, which still puts them in last place in the NL West, but there is a lot of upside to this Padre team. They just capped off a 15-13 record in the month of May and they are starting to play some good baseball with some pretty young talent. Travis Jankowski has flashed the leather in the outfield as well as manufactured runs offensively, with his ability to get on base and swipe bags. Franmil Reyes has shown bright spots, Eric Lauer has had some decent outings, Manuel Margot is starting to turn things around at the plate, and veteran Tyson Ross has been winning games for the ball club on the hill.

The Padres are playing better baseball and are winning games. Granted it is against some teams that are not so great record wise, but a win is a win especially at the big league level. By the way do not look now but the Padres are now only 5.5 games out of first place, in a pretty wide open NL West.