Ha-seong Kim's homer, lots of hits lift Padres past Braves

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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The Padres, who tied a season high with 16 hits, have not lost two games in a row since dropping the middle games of a four-game series against the Braves on April 15 and 16. They were 15-6 from April 16 through Wednesday’s loss to the Cubs. They have followed all six of those losses with at least one victory.

There would have plenty of blame to go around had this turned out differently.

The bullpen didn’t wait until the eighth inning to let go of a lead this time but neither could Myers hold onto a pop fly he probably shouldn’t have been trying to catch.

And there were plenty of failed opportunities to score too.

The Padres led much of the night, but they once again could have led by much more had they started better than 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. (They finished 4 for 12.)

And when the sixth inning was prolonged by Myers covering 123 feet on a sprint and having a ball go off his glove as he slid to try to make a catch between Hosmer and second baseman Jake Cronenworth, disaster ensued.

Cronenworth, who had been playing behind second base in the shift, had appeared to be bearing down to make the catch but pull off as Myers called for the ball.


However the Bermuda Triangle pop-up became what was ruled a single, it led to the Braves taking a 6-5 lead when Contreras singled, driving Yu Darvish from the game, and Swanson hit a three-run homer off Robert Suarez to put the Braves up 6-5.

The defending world champions came into the game two games below .500 after winning three of their previous four.

As the Padres did with Darvish, the Braves had their opening-day starter on the mound. Max Fried allowed eight hits on opening day and seven hits in his next start but had not yielded more than four hits and had gone at least six innings in each of his four starts leading up to Friday.

Fried went six innings again, allowing four runs on nine hits. Darvish fell an out short and was charged with five runs on nine hits when the pair of runners he left on base scored on Swanson’s homer.

Darvish had gone at least six innings in four consecutive starts. The first of those was against the Braves on April 17, when he held them to a run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings on April 17. Seven of the players in Friday’s lineup started that game at Petco Park.

Jurickson Profar had kept the Braves from taking an early lead when he threw out Travis Demeritte trying to score from second on Ozuna’s two-out single in the first inning. It was Profar’s sixth assist, tying him with the Guardians Myles Straw for the major league lead among outfielders.

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