The San Diego Padres didn’t look very good after the first game and change in their Wild Card Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. But then the bats woke up, and that allowed them to win Game 2 and force a third game. In the third game, they played extremely well in all facets. First, you had excellent pitching.
They began with an ‘opener,’ so that meant it was a true bullpen game. Nine pitchers toed the rubber, and they combined to concede just four hits as they strolled to a 4-0 win that saw them advance to the NLDS this coming week. Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Eric Hosmer both doubled in the fifth to account for their first of four runs. Manny Machado got one in via a fielder’s choice, Hosmer then walked to get a second RBI on his stat line, and the final insurance run came via a homer from Jake Cronenworth. It was the first win for the team in the postseason in 22 seasons, and it now means they will have a showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, their NL West rivals.