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By Liz Alper
Photo: despite the loss, Joey Lucchesi pitched well, striking out four over four innings and giving up just one hit. Via @Padres on Twitter
June 25, 2018 (Arlington) - After a measly showing against the Giants, the Padres were ready to take a break and try out some interleague play against the Rangers. Joey Lucchesi started tonight’s game one against Rancho Bernardo High alum Cole Hamels.
We went five innings with no scoring, but then in the fifth, Manuel Margot did what he does best: skied a home run blast to left field, good for three runs and the Padres took a 3-0 lead.
Elvis Andrus chipped away in the home half of the fifth with an RBI single to score Ronald Guzman to make it 3-1.
But Jose Pirela brought the lead back to three in the sixth with a towering home run to left for his second homer of the year to kick Hamels out of the game. The Padres led 4-1.
The Rangers kept trying in their half of the sixth as Robinson Chirinos lined an RBI single to left to score Rougned Odor. Hunter Renfroe couldn’t make the catch at the warning track on Guzman’s fly to right and Jurickson Profar came in to score to kick Craig Stammen out of the game. Adam Cimber came in and made things worse by giving up a game-tying RBI single to Delino DeShields that scored Chirinos. Cory Spangenberg joined the I-can’t-field club by bungling an easy ground ball that allowed Joey Gallo (pinch running) to score and give the Rangers their first lead of the game. Andrus hit a sac fly that scored DeShields and Cimber finally left. Robbie Erlin came in and finally the inning ended, but not before the Rangers took a 6-4 lead.
Chirinos added one more in the seventh with an RBI double to left that scored Odor for a 7-4 Texas win in game one.
Tomorrow’s game two is at 5:05 p.m. Tyson Ross starts against Austin Bibens-Dirkx for the Rangers.