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Padres Win First Game of The Series Over The Phillies

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Padres Win First Game of The Series Over The Phillies

The San Diego Padres won the first game of their three game set against the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 on Monday. Travis Wood started for the Padres and rebounded from a rough last time out against the Reds. He pitched five innings and allowed two runs on six hits.

The win ended up going to Jose Torres in relief. As a group,  five Padres relievers helped seal out the victory with four innings pitched and five strikeouts with just one run allowed. Brad Hand picked up his tenth save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.19 as he continues his stellar season.

The Padres bats didn’t really show up until the sixth inning, down 3-2 at the time, after a walk to Cory Spangenberg, Matt Szczur reached on a fielder’s choice and Austin Hedges tied the game with a single. Following a walk to Manuel Margot to load the bases, Carlos Asuaje forced in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Jose Pirela pushed the lead further with a single to center to bring in two more runs.

San Diego would tack on their seventh and final run in the next inning after a Cory Spangenberg homer. The primarily third baseman now has three home runs in his last two games and may be finally showing why he was a first round pick back in 2011. Spangenberg is hitting .330/.410/.583 in the second half with six home runs, already more than the five he had in the entire first half.

Looking Ahead

As the Padres continue to look for positives from an otherwise inconsequential year for the franchise, Spangenberg could be one of those lone bright spots. Drafted out of Indian River Community College as a second baseman, Spangenberg won’t be a free agent until 2021 and has shown progress in recent seasons. If he continues to hit the way he has been, the third baseman could still be around when the Padres eventually capitalize on the young talent they’ve acquired during their rebuild.