Padres 9, Braves 3: Galvis stages one-man hit parade

Padres 9, Braves 3: Galvis stages one-man hit parade

Let’s not beat around the bush: Freddy Galvis was on fire tonight. The last time a Padres shortstop went 5-for-5 was Craig Shipley in 1996, and the last Friar to pick up five hits in a game was Jon Jay over two years ago (and Jay had a sixth at bat to work with). Galvis was responsible for nearly half of the team’s RBI tonight and over a third of their hits. Some other Padres were good, too, I guess. Jose Pirela hit his first homer of the season, and Clayton Richard continued his inning eating ways by holding Atlanta to three runs (two earned) over six frames.

While Galvis didn’t start his show until the second, the Padres entertained plenty in the first. Travis Jankowski led off with a double, setting up Pirela for his two run bomb to center. That lead wouldn’t hold, as Clayton ran into trouble in the home half of the second. He gave up a pair of one-out singles, and a throwing error by Pirela loaded the bases for Johan Carmago. The Braves third baseman smacked a liner to right field, tying the game at two all.

Atlanta took the lead briefly in the fifth when Freddie Freeman jacked one, but it was a lead that wouldn’t last. The Friars hung a seriously crooked number in the seventh, bring five runners across the plate. Franmil Reyes led off with a single and was promptly replaced at first by the speedy Cory Spangenberg. Travis Jankowski drew a walk to put Spangy in scoring position, and another single from Eric Hosmer had the bases full of Padres.

That promising start looked a whole lot worse when Pirela grounded into a 1-2-3 double play, but Hunter Renfroe put the boys back on top with a two-run single up the middle. Christian Villanueva drew a walk to bring Galvis to the plate, and he slammed the door on the Braves with a three-run blast.

Galvis wasn’t done, though. There were more runs to come in the ninth. After Pirela drew a one-out walk, Renfroe hit a single and the Friars had runenrs on the corners. Jose Castillo brought Pirela home with a ground out, and Galvis wrapped up his impressive evening with a single to plate Renfroe.

Jordan Lyles will take the mound tomorrow as the Padres attempt to secure a series split. First pitch at 2:10 PM.

Padres' Green ejected, gets last word with ump

Padres' Green ejected, gets last word with ump

San Diego Padres manager Andy Green was ejected from Friday night’s 9-3 win in Atlanta after arguing umpire Joe West’s changed call on an apparent strikeout by Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies.

With two outs and the score tied in the fourth inning, Albies took an 0-2 fastball that West initially appeared to rule a strikeout for left-hander Clayton Richard by clinching his right fist. West then changed his mind, apparently thinking Albies tipped the ball, which wasn’t caught by catcher Raffy Lopez before it hit the dirt.

Green came out to argue the call and was headed back to the dugout when he was tossed by West. Green then turned back toward the plate and threw his hat in the general direction of West before engaging him in a more spirited argument.

As he exited the field, Green got the last word with West. He was caught by TV cameras and microphones taunting West over his shoulder as he went down the dugout tunnel: “Don’t worry, Joe, I’m leaving, so you can go call another call wrong.”

It was the second straight game in which Green had issues with an umpire’s call. He was upset after a video review confirmed Braves catcher Tyler Flowers was hit on the hand by a Tyson Ross pitch in the Braves’ 4-2 win on Thursday night. Green challenged the call and lost.

After the game, he said, “Flowers said probably five times that he wasn’t hit. The replay said he wasn’t hit. It’s those moments as a manager that you aren’t even sure why you have replay. It was blatantly obvious that it didn’t hit him.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Padres' Manuel Margot: Two-hit game, run scored Tuesday

Padres' Manuel Margot: Two-hit game, run scored Tuesday

Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday’s win over the Cardinals.

Margot squared up a double — his 12th of the year — off reliever Mike Mayers in the seventh, and later came around to score on an RBI groundout. This was Margot’s fifth consecutive game with a hit, and he’s raised his average to .223 on the season. It’s been a rather disappointing year so far for Margot, as he’s hit just one home run and has only 16 RBI and 17 runs in 53 games played. The 23-year-old is also 6-for-11 in stolen base attempts.

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'My phone blew up for about two hours': Andrew graduate and Oilmen product Jake Plastiak drafted by the San Diego Padres

'My phone blew up for about two hours': Andrew graduate and Oilmen product Jake Plastiak drafted by the San Diego Padres

It was a typical Wednesday for Northwest Indiana Oilmen infielder Jake Plastiak.

He was sitting on the couch and watching TV at his family’s home last week when his father, Michael, walked in with some news.

“You just got drafted,” Michael said to his son.

Then came a flood of congratulatory messages.

“My phone blew up for about two hours,” Jake said.

Plastiak, a 2018 Andrew graduate, was drafted in the 28th round by the San Diego Padres. It fulfils a lifelong dream shared by virtually every aspiring baseball player.

“It was a little bit surreal,” Plastiak said. “I had some interest coming into it, but I didn’t know if they were going to pick me at all. I couldn’t believe it at first.”

The reality has since settled in for Plastiak, and now he has a decision to make.

He can sign with the Padres and begin his professional career, or he can opt for college and enroll at Wichita State, where he’s already signed to play with one of the NCAA’s most storied programs.

In third baseman Alec Bohm, Wichita State produced the third overall pick in this year’s draft. And with another senior at shortstop who’s graduating, there will be opportunities for Plastiak to earn a starting job.

But Plastiak said he isn’t leaning in either direction. He has plenty of conversations to follow before he makes his pick.

“Ultimately, it’ll be my decision,” Plastiak said. “And I’m going to choose what I think will be the right decision for my baseball career and for my life.”

Plastiak’s immediate future involves his summer duties with the Oilmen and his designated areas for improvement.

He’s hitting .357 with one home run through his first three games with the Oilmen, an area of focus for the switch-hitter.

“I want to work on being more consistent from both sides of the plate,” Plastiak said. “And getting better defensively at third base and shortstop.”

For someone who just graduated high school, though, Plastiak has a perspective that exceeds his age, thanks to the elite baseball programs he’s played with during his career.

Last fall, he played with a Cincinnati Reds scout team that consistently faced college-level talent.

“I saw a Division I arm on the mound every time,” Plastiak said.

Oilmen manager Adam Enright said Plastiak’s knowledge of the game is a rarity among recent high school graduates.

“From a baseball standpoint, he does things at a level that far exceeds what most high school players do,” Enright said. “He’s been blessed to be around coaches who’ve instilled things in him that work for professional players.”

Dave Melton is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

Richard takes no-hit try into 7th, Padres beat Marlins 3-1

Richard takes no-hit try into 7th, Padres beat Marlins 3-1

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San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres‘ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday during a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969.

Richard (5-6) took a shutout into the seventh, but Miguel Rojas grounded a clean single up the middle to spoil Richard’s try and JT Riddle followed with an RBI single.

San Diego has come close to a no-hitter a few times this season.

Last month, Jordan Lyles was perfect for 7 1/3 innings until Colorado’s Trevor Story singled. In April, Tyson Ross didn’t give up a hit until Arizona’s Christian Walker doubled on a ball misplayed by center fielder Franchy Cordero.

Richard gave up two hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three. The 34-year-old lefty tied for the NL lead in losses last year with 15.

Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances, closing a game that took 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the last-place Padres won a fourth consecutive series for the first time since August 2015. Hosmer hit his eighth home run and went 5 for 12 in the three-game set.

Jose Urena (1-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.


Kurt Abbott hit two home runs for Team Teal in a 10-4 win over Team Black in a Marlins alumni softball game as part of the weekend’s 25th anniversary festivities before the game.

A number of players from the franchise’s World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003 were on hand, including Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Mike Lowell and Luis Castillo.


Marlins: RHP Dan Straily took a line drive from Hosmer off the chest in Saturday’s game, and X-rays were negative. The plan is he will be able to make his next start on Thursday against San Francisco. ”I think so,” manager Don Mattingly said. ”We still have four more days. Unless he felt he was going to hurt something and couldn’t extend when he throws his bullpen, I think we’re in pretty good shape.” … 1B/OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) has been taking batting practice as he works his way back to the team. ”He’s progressing, I don’t think he’s that far away from starting rehab games,” Mattingly said.


Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.70 ERA) will face the Cardinals on Monday to begin a three-game series in St. Louis.

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yen Chen (1-3, 5.86) will take the mound Monday to begin a four-game series with the Giants.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Could be settling into platoon at third

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Could be settling into platoon at third

Spangenberg started at third base and went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday’s win over the Marlins.

Spangenberg has started four of the Padres‘ last six contests, and he even entered Friday’s game in place of Christian Villanueva once the left-handed starter was lifted. The latter’s recent struggles at the plate have opened up this opportunity for Spangenberg, and he has responded with seven hits, two homers and a steal over that six-game span. If this platoon sticks, the 27-year-old would gain deep and NL-only value as a source of light pop and speed.

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