SAN DIEGO — The Padres had a setback in game one of the best of three-game series in their first playoff game in 14 years.
The 7 – 4 loss put them in a must-win position for their game on Thursday where they will get the chance to even the series 1 -1 and force a game three on Friday evening.
The team that has been so spectacular all year, came up short with the magic in Wednesday’s game.
The team fell in a hole early when Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run in the first inning where the Padres found themselves down by four runs early.
Wednesday was a day that Padres fans had been waiting 14 years for. The team finally laced em up for a playoff game in America’s Finest City. Now that the Padres shook off the 14 years of playoff rust and game one is in the books, the team is looking ahead where they will need to win 2 games in a row to move on to the next round.
Next game: Thursday, Oct 10, first pitch at 2:08 p.m.
The history with the St. Louis Cardinals
The team took on a familiar foe who has had the Padres number in the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals own a 9-1 postseason record all-time against the Padres and most recently knocked the Padres out of the postseason in 2005 and 2006.
The current Padres team isn’t buying into that however, most of the guys on the 2020 squad were between 7 and 13-years old the last time the Padres made the postseason. The team said that they are new and trying to rewrite history.
About game 1:
When it comes to fans, there weren’t any in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic, but star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. says that doesn’t mean the team can’t feel them. “You know, although we are not able to see them in the park, we still can feel them. You know the vibe, all the support that they give us through social media. We can still feel them even though they aren’t in the crowd.”
Chris Paddack was named the game one starting pitcher for the Padres. The team is still unsure of the health of their two aces Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger. Kwang Hyun Kim will toe the rubber for the Red Birds in game one.