The San Diego Padres are alive and well in postseason contention. At least until today.
San Diego defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Sunday (April 27) at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, USA.
The win improved their record to 78-80. On the same day, the Chicago Cubs, the second wild-card team, lost to the Atlanta Braves, keeping their “elimination number” – the number of games to be eliminated from the postseason – at one. ‘Arithmetically’ alive in postseason contention.
Starting at second base, Kim went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. His season batting average dropped to .261.
He didn’t feel very good at the plate. The quality of his at-bats was poor and he swung at a lot of pitches. It was the first time he had struck out three times in a game since September 14 against the Dodgers. It was his fourth three-strikeout game in September.
Still, he got on base. In the third inning, with runners on first and third off left-hander Alex Wood, he hit a grounder to shortstop that led to a non-base-clearing double play, allowing the runner from third to score. The hit was not fast enough to complete the double play. I didn’t miss an opportunity to capitalize on a fielding error that led to a double play on Xander Bogaerts’ grounder to second base with one out.
Despite his poor at-bats, his defense was solid. In the second inning, J.D. Davis hit a double to right field, and right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. made the throw to third to get the runner. The play was called a double play, but the runner was thrown out at the plate. Davis later left the game with a left shoulder sprain.
In the ninth inning, he made a spectacular throw to catch leadoff hitter Mike Yastrzemski’s fly ball.
There was another hero of the night. It was Juan Soto, who started in the No. 3 spot. He hit a solo home run over the center field fence in the first inning and followed it up with a two-run shot over the left field fence in the seventh. His seventeenth career multi-homer game. He finished the day 4-for-5 with a double, a walk and three RBIs to lead the offense.
Starter Seth Lugo was dominant. He pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts to earn the win. 메이저사이트
He took the mound into the ninth inning in search of his first career complete game, but left after a walk and a hit put runners on first and second.
Lugo, who has a player option for the 2024 season, has had an impressive year, exceeding expectations in his first season as a full-time starter. In fact, he flamed out in his final outing in a Padres uniform.
Closer Josh Hader, who had watched from the sidelines in the eighth inning the day before, pitched the ninth to close out the game.