SAN DIEGO — — The San Diego Padres are on a roll since holding a workforce assembly the day after a horrible loss in Arizona final week.
As an added bonus, they saved Albert Pujols within the ballpark within the opener of a 3-recreation collection towards the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Kim Ha-seong homered and Mike Clevinger had a robust outing for the Padres, who shut down Pujols and the Cardinals 5-0 Tuesday night time to clinch their first profitable report in a full season since 2010.
The Padres received their fourth straight since a lackluster 4-0 loss at Arizona on Thursday night time, after which they have been known as out by supervisor Bob Melvin. They had a workforce assembly earlier than Friday night time’s recreation and have seemed sturdy ever since.
“Everyone’s residing and dying pitch to pitch,” Clevinger mentioned. “That’s how we have to keep, with the identical mentality. We’re not fearful about tomorrow, we’re not fearful in regards to the standings, let’s simply get this pitch, let’s win this at-bat, let’s make this play within the outfield That’s type of how we have been rolling.”
The Padres, 82-66, took a 1 1/2-recreation lead over Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card spot. The Phillies misplaced to Toronto, 18-11.
Pujols remained at 698 profession homers. He’s attempting to turn out to be the fourth main leaguer to achieve 700 homers, following Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He walked and singled off Clevinger, grounded out to shortstop towards Nick Martinez and singled off Luis Garcia with two outs within the ninth.
With followers across the ballpark on their ft within the second inning, together with many pink-clad Cardinals followers, Clevinger walked Pujols and was booed.
“You know what it is like getting booed by your personal crowd and teammates whenever you throw a 3-2 slider to him?” Clevinger mentioned with fun. “What he is doing is superb. The mark he will go away on baseball goes to be round for eternity. I’m simply grateful to get a chance towards him and I’m glad I’m not the one who gave it as much as him.”
The Padres profitable report in a full season is the primary for common supervisor AJ Preller, who took over late within the 2014 season. The Padres have been 37-23 within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, after they received a wild-card collection towards the Cardinals earlier than being swept within the NL Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Melvin has been happy with the trouble since Thursday night time’s stinker.
“The frequent theme is crisp video games, good protection, well timed hitting, good pitching. It often provides as much as a win,” Melvin mentioned.
Kim homered to left off Adam Wainwright (11-10) with two outs within the fourth, his tenth, for a 3-0 lead. Manny Machado lobbed an RBI single into shallow proper with one out within the fifth and Juan Soto hit a run-scoring single to proper off Packy Naughton with two outs within the seventh.
Jake Cronenworth hit a two-run, reverse-discipline single with two outs within the first.
Clevinger (6-7) held the Cardinals to a few hits in 5 2/3 innings whereas placing out three and strolling two. Padres starters have a scoreless streak of 20 2/3 innings. The proper-hander bought the hook after permitting a double to Paul Goldschmidt with two outs within the sixth after which hitting Nolan Arenado with a pitch. Martinez got here on and retired Corey Dickerson.
“This was Clev’s finest day shortly,” Melvin mentioned. “Not simply since you have a look at the numbers. The velocity was at 96 at instances, his breaking ball was actually sharp. Maybe go away him in a single man too lengthy, going into Arenado’s at-bat he was getting somewhat bit drained. But he goes by way of the primary time round, no hits, sharp breaking ball. Had a extremely good week main as much as it.
“Probably let him go somewhat bit longer so far as the pitch depend went, however man it is good to see him pitch like that as a result of we want him. Hopefully it is a pattern for Clev as a result of he undoubtedly has the power to do this.”
Wainwright allowed 4 runs and 6 hits in six innings, walked two and struck out one.
LET’S GO SURFING
Hall of Fame nearer Trevor Hoffman and third baseman Manny Machado of the Padres offered customized surfboards to the retiring Pujols and Yadier Molina at dwelling plate earlier than the sport. Pujols bought a longboard whereas Molina bought a daily surfboard. The boards function images of the gamers, their names, numbers and nicknames — The Machine and Yadi. Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol accepted on behalf of Molina, who was warming up Wainwright within the bullpen.
Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (11-12, 3.46 ERA) and Padres LHP Blake Snell (7-9, 3.85) are scheduled to begin Wednesday night time within the center recreation of the collection.