SAN DIEGO – Despite fears of injury in their starting rotation, despite early fights for a season in attack, despite a common mistake of the leading league – it’s May 1, and Padres is moving to the top of the National League West standings.
Manny Machado hit home three times in the first inning, and Padres’ pitching staff spent nine innings, making a 6-2 victory over the Giants on Saturday night. Blake Snell allowed two runs (one won) for five innings, and the lighting in San Diego did the rest.
The victory stirred the Padres within half a game of the Giants in what became an early season NL West slugfest. Equally remarkable, Padres even moved with the Dodgers at 1
“This is the best division in baseball,” Machado said. “It’s a great division. Everyone plays very good baseball and it will be difficult. But in general, we as a group just do it every day. … Just worry about yourself. You will not win a championship in April or May. “
In fact, it doesn’t have much value when watching a board on May 1st. But Padres knows the value of victories against the NL West opposition. On Sunday, they will end nine consecutive games against their rivals in the division and are currently 6-2.
“Get there,” Machado said. “… One click away from us, and once we do, this train will last a long time. So we just have to keep grinding. “
As Machado hinted, the Padres have not found this best outfit consistently enough this season. They’ve been winning games lately anyway.
Maybe no one shows this better than Snell. This was a slogan for the former winner of the Cy American Young League award. But although Snell has not completed six innings in any of his starts, he is entitled to two tracks or less in each start except one.
“I’m doing well, but there’s always better,” Snell said. “I just have to go deeper into the games, which it is [about] sequence in the impact zone. … Much work. But we will do it and we will get there. I will continue to grow and recover. ”
Snell spoke with a hint of disappointment that he hadn’t done so this year – and that should say a lot. The left-hander has a well-respected 3.51 ERA in six starts in San Diego. He says that’s not good enough.
It was Saturday night. Snell came out with a one-time lead after five, and the Padres pad was as dominant as ever. Austin Adams and Emilio Pagan killed the team in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Padres took out useful insurance in the eighth. Jurickson Profar started a home hit with a pinch, and Kevin Cron followed with a double once later in the frame. These tracks allowed the Padres to avoid using Mark Melancon for a second night in a row, as Pierce Johnson slammed the door instead.
As a matter of fact, the Padres have not had as many victories as this season – where the offense and the boarding staff were equally responsible. Sometimes they rely too much on a starter to carry them. Another time, this burden fell too hard on the bull.
And yet, here they are, winners of three consecutive Dodgers-related, half-games out of first place – and with another level yet to be reached.
“By April, the bull and the unloading staff had taken us,” Machado said. “I think it’s time for the violation to start falling apart, to start doing what we need to do. The last few games … they all break away and start syncing insultingly. Whenever we synchronize in general, it will be dangerous. “