SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres live to play another game! With a win on Thursday, the Padres tied the Cardinals 1-1 in the 3-game series to force a winner-move-on game 3 on Friday.
Two games in a row, the Padres got off to a slow start. In game 1, they found themselves down by 4 runs in the first inning. They were never able to catch up from that deficit and ended up losing 7-4 on Wednesday.
In game 2, the trend continued as the Padres again found themselves down by 4 runs in the second inning. This time, they were able to find the offense and come back to catch the Cardinals for the win.
Late inning heroics by Fernando Tatis (2 home runs, 5 RBIs), Wil Myers (2 home runs, 4 RBIs) and Manny Machado (home run) quickly ran up the scoreboard by adding 9 runs after the 6th inning that were just too many for the Cardinals to match.
The Padres dropped game 1 in the series on Wednesday, 7-4. The Cardinals got off to a blistering start in game 1 plating 4 runs in the top of the 1st against starting pitcher, Chris Paddack.
Paddack said, "I’ve got to tip my cap that they came out with a great game plan. It’s just frustrating. I take all the blame for Game 1.”
Although the Padres clawed back their comeback fell short.
In the do-or-die game 2, the Padres started Zach Davies against the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright. Padres manager Jayce Tingler shuffled his game 2 lineup in the hopes of more offensive production.
When asked about game 2, Tingler said, “Our back is against the wall. Let’s make it to a game 3 on Friday. But we’ve got to come out and play our best game of the year.”
Game 3 on Friday will start at 4:08 p.m.