SD coach Melvin, “Oh my God!” to Machado play, Kim Ha-seong scored the final goal
The San Diego Padres recorded 3 consecutive wins (31-33) in 40 days since May 2nd.
Pitching battles are very rare at Coors Field,안전놀이터 the ‘graveyard of pitchers’. Moreover, the Padres are very weak in one-run games this year. It is only 4 wins and 11 losses, including a 3-2 victory on the 11th (Korean time). The Miami Marlins are the strongest with 16 wins and 5 losses by one point. It is the result of the batters not being able to overcome the one-point gap rather than the blown save of the bullpen.
Coach Bob Melvin had starter Ryan Weathers throw 3 innings (1 run) in the second game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field and proceeded with a bullpen game. If it was a 9-6 match the previous day, which was a match of Coors Field-like firepower, this day led to a one-point difference walking on thin ice before the pitcher.
The best player of the game was third baseman Manny Machado, who caught pinch hitter Mike Moustakas’ batted ball in the foul area in the 8th inning, leading 3-2 with one out and 3rd base. In the 5th inning, the Padres made a run they would not allow due to an error by center fielder and a wild pitch. In the 8th inning, lead hitter Ezekiel Toba hit infield on the third base side, and was driven to the risk of losing a run on third base with a wild throw and a ground ball.
Rockies coach Bud Black pitched left-handed Moustakas against right-hander Nick Martinez as a pinch hitter. Machado, who hit the second ball with his back to the third base foul area, juggled four times before catching the ball and sprayed it directly into the home from a prone position to prevent the third base runner from rushing home.
Director Melvin said, “When Manny caught it, my reaction was oh my God! was It was a big play that he caught with excellent motor nerves,” he praised. Machado also scored one run on three hits in five at-bats.
Second baseman Kim Ha-seong was a hit with runners in all four at-bats. After going on base with one out and a walk from first base in the sixth inning, he scored the winning run with Fernando Tatis’ two-run comeback timely hit at bases loaded. His batting average dropped to 0.242 with 1 run and 2 strikeouts in 3 at-bats.
At the end of the 5th inning, when Alan Trejo grounded to 2nd base with 1 out and 3rd base forward, Ha-sung Kim’s home throw was a bit high, so the catcher’s tag play was late and scored. If it had been an accurate home throw, it would have been a situation where the run could have been prevented.
The Padres, who won with a bullpen game, kept a 3-2 victory to the end with 5 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in 9 innings. Josh Hader recorded his 15th save of the season with two strikeouts and no runs against three batters. On the 12th, we will challenge for the first 4 consecutive wins this season. 3 wins in a row is the most this year.