ECM PADRES REPORT: STELLAR PITCHING AND INNING OF OFFENSE CARRY PADRES TO SERIES WIN OVER DIAMONDBACKS

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Miracle League SD honored before the game.  Via @Padres on Twitter

April 20, 2017 (San Diego) - Last night, the Padres did the bare minimum and still won.  Could they replicate that failing high school student-esque success tonight?  We would see with Clayton Richard on the mound against Patrick Corbin for the Dbacks.

It looks like the Padres abandoned the strategy of “wait until late in the game to score,” even though it worked last night.  Typical.  But Wil Myers did hit a solo homer in the first to give them a 1-0 lead.

Of course, the score early strategy backfired in the second as Nick Ahmed singled in the second to score Chris Ianetta and tie the game at one.  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” in its purest form.

From that point on, it was a pitcher’s duel until the fifth inning when, after Yangervis Solarte and Austin Hedges were both on base, Erick Aybar knocked a double into left to score Solarte.  Hedges scored all the way from first and the Padres led 3-1.

Hedges capped off the win with a solo homer in the seventh, his third of the year, and the Padres got the win 4-1 and the series 2-1 on the back of phenomenal pitching.

The Dbacks leave and in come the Marlins.  First pitch against Miami is tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.  Adam Conley starts for the fish against Trevor Cahill for the Padres.