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By Liz Alper
Photo via @Padres on Twitter
June 9, 2018 (Miami) - Getting shut out by the worst team in the NL East isn’t the ideal, but it’s the Padres, so there’s nothing we can really do. They’d look to rebound today with Tyson Ross on the mound against former Padre Dan Straily for the Marlins.
The Padres took advantage early by loading the bases in the first. Cory Spangenberg singled to right to score Eric Hosmer. Freddy Galvis struck out, but the pitch got away from J.T. Realmuto and Jose Pirela scored. Galvis got another chance and lined to left to score Spangenberg and three runs gave the Padres a 3-0 lead.
The Marlins got one back in the third with Derek Dietrich’s looping single to left that scored Starlin Castro, who had doubled, to make it 3-1 Padres.
Galvis kicked off the fourth for the Padres with a solo homer, his fourth as a Padre, to give the Friars back their three-run, 4-1 lead.
Dietrich blasted a solo homer to right in the sixth to cut the lead in half again. Craig Stammen came in to pitch and threw a wild pitch on his first pitch (*Homer Simpson voice* S-M-R-T) that allowed Justin Bour to race home and make it a one-run game. Another S-M-R-T Padres moment occurred on the very next at-bat when Miguel Rojas hit a liner back at Stammen, who couldn’t catch it. Pirela also couldn’t make a play and Brian Anderson scored to tie the game.
Travis Jankowski cracked the code in the eighth with a liner up the middle with the bases loaded to score Hunter Renfroe and the Padres took the lead again, 5-4. They fought through the ninth inning, Kirby Yates closed out the game and the Padres evened the series with a 5-4 win.
The rubber match is tomorrow at 10:10 a.m. Clayton Richard starts against Jose Urena for the Marlins.