Padres’ stars shine in 5-4 win over Rays

In the rubber match between the Padres and Rays, the Padres came out victorious 5-4.

SAN DIEGO – It was a full team effort for the Padres. After a Josh Lowe single that put the Rays up 1-0, the Padres have one of the wildest plays of the season that allowed 2 runners to score off a throwing error. 

After that 2nd inning, the Padres would not look back as they lead for the remainder of the game despite a scare in the 8th inning. Fernando Tatis Jr showed the crowd his gold glove arm in right field as he threw out the game-tying run.

After a two-run 8th inning for the Rays, it was star closer who shut the door for the Friars giving them a 5-4 victory and the series win.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Joe Musgrove’s Solid Outing

In 6 innings of work, the star pitcher gave up 6 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 1K. Musgrove wouldn’t call the game his best of work but it gave the Padres what they needed from their starter today to put the team in a winning position. He would like to be a bit more efficient by giving fewer hits with more strikeouts but overall did enough to get his team the win. 

Team Effort

Today’s game for the Padres was a true example of a team win. There wasn’t one guy that stood out from the pack and everyone did their job. They got contributions from several people that helped them win today’s ballgame. Manny Machado did a lot of the heavy lifting offensively having 2 RBIs. Rougned Odor provided the team with a timely double in the 4th inning. On the defensive side, the whole team got involved as mentioned earlier with Tatis Jr’s game-saving play in right. This type of effort will move the Padres in a positive direction. 

Momentum is here

After this weekend the Padres have given themselves a lot of momentum compared to their rough start at the beginning of the year. Despite their record still being a game back of .500, the past 4 weeks should be deemed a success by the team. They have won 3 straight series and seem now to have a little bit of life on both sides of the ball. The Padres hope to ride this momentum throughout the summer as they try to climb through the tough National League West. 

The Padres will have a 4 game series against the San Fransico Giants starting tomorrow night at Oracle Park in San Francisco with the start time being 6:45 PST.