The Padres took the final game of a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies in emphatic fashion. Stellar games from Freddy Galvis, Travis Jankowski, and Joey Lucchesi set the team up for a big win as the Padres celebrated the Navy on this Military Sunday.
Travis Jankowski led off today, and he fit the role perfectly, going 2-for-3 with two walks… but what he did once he got on base was what made today special. He tallied four stolen bases, stealing second base three times and third base once. His four stolen bases was one short of the team record of five, held by Alan Wiggins, Tony Gwynn, and Damian Jackson. He scored three of the Padres’ nine runs. On top of the speed on the basepaths, Jankowski was all over the outfield, making excellent plays in centerfield and in right, after Manuel Margot entered the game in the sixth inning.
Former Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis enacted some serious revenge against his old teammates today. He served himself a “combo meal” with a grand slam in the third inning and a stolen base in the eighth. The slam put this game out of reach for the Phillies, as quality pitching and an excellent defensive game overall included the now-typical highlight-reel plays from Galvis. On the season, Freddy is now 9-for-21 against his former team with nine RBI’s.
Joey Lucchesi was sharp and efficient from the start today, pitching six shutout innings and only surrendering two hits and three walks against six strikeouts. He even helped his own cause, going 1-for-2 at the plate. Jose Castillo relieved him and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but got into a little trouble in the eighth. Phil Maton came on to relieve him and minimized the damage. All three of Philadelphia’s runs came in the eighth inning. A three-run response from the Padres in the bottom of the eighth put the game out of range for Kirby Yates to get a save, so Kazuhisa Makita (recalled from El Paso today) pitched a clean ninth inning to close out the game.
The Padres won the series 2-1. The team played well today and should have some positive momentum heading into a three-game series against the Anaheim Angels starting tomorrow. Wil Myers is due to come off the DL on Monday, will we see him at third base? Mike Trout is on the disabled list, but Andrelton Simmons is doing his best Tony Gwynn impression and there’s a good chance there will be a Shohei Ohtani sighting, albeit only as a pinch hitter. The Padres are suddenly an exciting young team, now that some of the fat has been trimmed from the roster and the kids are taking advantage of some opportunities.