Padres survive Yankees' comeback bid
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[July 02, 2016]
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres first
game without closer Fernando Rodney turned out to be far more
exciting than manager Andy Green wanted it to be.
Carrying a 7-2 lead into the ninth, San Diego watched the New York
Yankees score four runs before recently anointed closer Brandon
Maurer got the final two outs with the tying run in scoring position
to preserve a 7-6 victory Friday night.
"Obviously, that was not the cleanest ninth inning," said Green
after the Padres snapped a three-game losing streak. "But Maurer
made some big pitches at the end in a tough spot."
Padres starter Colin Rea held the Yankees to two runs over six
innings and the first two relievers employed by Green retired all
six hitters they faced before the game almost unraveled in the
Left-handed reliever Matt Thornton started the ninth and walked the
lead-off hitter, hit the next batter and gave up a run-scoring
single to pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez.
Enter Maurer, who became the Padres closer Thursday when Rodney, who
had 17 saves in 17 chances, was traded to the Miami Marlins.
Maurer immediately gave up a run-scoring double to Didi Gregorius to
make it 7-4. Rodriguez scored on a ground out by Aaron Hicks to make
it 7-5 and Gregorius scored on a wild pitch by Maurer to make it
Pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran doubled to put the tying run on second
before Maurer retired Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner on ground
balls to end the game.
"I'm excited," Maurer said. "Closing out a game is always something
I've wanted to do. I'd like to make it less stressful than that ...
that was the most stressful situation of my major league career. And
it's 100 percent the most fired up I've been."
Offensively, Wil Myers paced the Padres with a two-run homer -- his
12th in his last 27 games -- while Yangervis Solarte reached base in
all four plate appearances and scored twice, and rookie Ryan Schimpf
added a solo homer.
The Padres jumped on Yankees right-handed starter -- and loser --
Nathan Eovaldi (6-6) for six runs on seven hits, including two home
runs, in 4 1/3 innings. Eovaldi has allowed six homers in his last
"They are mistake pitches," said Eovaldi. "I am falling behind in
the count and leaving pitches up in the zone."
"I sense Evo is frustrated and not happy with what is going on,"
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not going to lose his spot
in the rotation. We have to get him right. His stuff is too good."
San Diego scored three in the first then got a solo homer from
Schimpf in the second and a two-run blast by Myers in the fifth.
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Padres celebrate a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees at Petco Park.
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The Yankees starter had walked Myers with one out in the first to
trigger the three-run inning. Solarte, who came to the Padres from
the Yankees as part of a trade for Chase Headley on July 22, 2014,
singled Myers to second.
Melvin Upton Jr. singled home Myers for the first run and Derek
Norris doubled into the left-field corner to score Solarte and Upton
to make it 3-0.
After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first by retiring
Headley on an inning-ending grounder to second, Rea gave up an
unearned run in the top of the second. Gregorius singled to lead off
the inning, reached second on a passed ball by Norris and scored on
a two-out single to right by Ellsbury.
But the Padres got their three-run lead back in the bottom of the
inning when Schimpf, who was hitless in his previous 13 at-bats to
drop his average to .103, pulled a 408-foot drive into the
right-field stands for his first Major League home run.
Myers followed a lead-off single by Travis Jankowski in the fifth
with his 12th homer since June 1 and his 19th of the season -- the
opposite-field drive carrying 411 feet.
Rea had retired nine straight Yankees when Brian McCann hit his 13th
homer, a 412-foot drive, to narrow the Yankees' deficit to 6-2. Rea
allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over six innings.
Until Thornton walked McCann on four pitches to open the ninth, Rea,
Brad Hand and Ryan Buchter had retired 17 of 18 Yankees around
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