Padres' Petco Park woes continue, as Yankees hit four home runs off Yu Darvish in 8-0 win

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO — Yu Darvish got Bronx bombarded, and the San Diego Padres returned home with what is becoming a predictable thud.

In their first game back at Petco Park after an exhausting but exhilarating road trip, they and their previously streaking starter were routed 8-0 by the New York Yankees on Friday night.

The loss was the Padres’ fourth straight at home and dropped their record in their downtown ballpark to 10-16. They are 17-11 away from San Diego following their just-completed 5-2 trek to Atlanta and Cincinnati.

Darvish’s career-high 25-inning scoreless streak ended right away when Anthony Volpe led off the game with a triple and scored on Aaron Judge’s one-out sacrifice fly.

That was a blip.

The blasts came two innings later.


That is when the Yankees trio that entered the game with 40 homers — more than the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox and as many as the Kansas City Royals — bashed 1,249 feet worth of home runs.

A lead-off single by Austin Wells was followed by two outs before Juan Soto, greeted all night by a mixture of boos (from Padres fans) and cheers (from Yankees fans), hit a ball 423 feet, past both the home run deck and first section of seats beyond right field. Two pitches later, Judge hit his 10th home run in a span of 58 at-bats, this one a projected 409 feet and over the ribbon scoreboard fronting the second deck of seats beyond left field.

Alex Verdugo followed with a fly ball that bounced off the base of the wall in left field before Giancarlo Stanton yanked a curve ball to the second balcony of the Western Metal building, a projected 417 feet.

Darvish, who last season in New York allowed the Yankees seven runs in 22/3 innings, had not allowed a run in four starts since returning from a 15-day stay on the injured list with neck tightness. He had allowed just two hits over seven innings in each of his previous two starts.


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