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The San Diego Padres Win First Game of Road Trip

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The San Diego Padres Win First Game of Road Trip

The San Diego Padres won the first game of a two series road trip over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Clayton Richards started the game for the Friars and was less effective than his previous start (a shutout of the Phillies). The left hander allowed four runs in just under six innings of work, exiting the game in front 4-3.

The Cardinals would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, but a combination of four relief pitchers and an offensive outburst helped the Padres get the win. Yangervis Solarte and Austin Hedges supplied the bulk of the RBIs for the San DiegoPadres, as the team pushed their lead in the later innings, once starter Lance Lynn exited the game. Solarte picked up three extra base hits, a home run, and two doubles, on his way to six runs batted in. Hedges added his 16th home run of the year to cap off a six-run seventh inning.

Recent Performance

The Padres played two series at home before beginning their current tilt against the Cardinals. The first, a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies did little to help San Diego against the Nationals in their following matchup. Washington took three of four, leaving San Diego at an even 4-4 for their stretch at home.

The Phillies series saw a number of standout performances, even if they did come against the team with the worst record in the MLB. Clayton Richards tossed a shutout as previously mentioned, allowing only three hits and striking out six in the final game of the series. In the same game, Will Myers pulled off a truly rare feat after singling in a run. After his base hit, Myers stole second, third and home, becoming the first player to do since Dee Gordon in 2011. The series sweep was the Padres first of the Phillies since 2000 and saw Travis Wood make what would be one of two solid starts at home.

Wood went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits against the Phillies in the second game of the series. The left hander, acquired at the deadline in the Trevor Cahill deal, would top himself in the series against the Nationals. Wood went seven innings and allowed only one unearned run as Brad Hand picked up his eleventh save of the season to close out the lone win for the Padres in the series.

Looking Forward

Jhoulys Chacin pitches tonight in the second game at Busch Stadium against Luke Weaver. Chacin has been the steadiest performer out of the Padres rotation in the second half and could continue that as the San Diego Padres look to take the series.