Kenta Maeda has seen plenty of the Dodgers-Padres rivalry in 2017, while Luis Perdomo will get his first taste of it this season when the pitchers face off in Sunday’s rubber match at Dodger Stadium. San Diego has a chance to hand Los Angeles its first series loss since June 5-7 against the Nationals.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller announced Sunday the club has extended the contract of manager Andy Green.
A day later, Padres manager Andy Green wouldn’t have handled his bullpen any differently than using Brad Hand in the seventh inning of Thursday’s loss. Hand, the club’s closer, gave up a grand slam to the Reds’ Joey Votto in a San Diego loss.
Even before Manuel Margot hit two home runs Friday night at Dodger Stadium, it was noted that he is the first Padres rookie center fielder to hit 10 home runs in a season.
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Padres rookies Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe are are quick to acknowledge that the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League West. It’s their job to change that over the next couple seasons — and they’re already doing their part.
Manuel Margot slugged two game-tying home runs and Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking shot off Ross Stripling as the Padres surprised the Dodgers with a 4-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers twice led the Padres on Friday night. Manuel Margot twice made sure the leads didn’t hold.
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, one of the only pitchers to beat the Dodgers in recent weeks, will toe the rubber for the Padres when they face the National League West leaders and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Last September, the Padres asked Carlos Asuaje to spend the offseason working on his defense — specifically his footwork — at second base. And when Carlos Asuaje is asked to work, he <i>works</i>.
The Padres are undoubtedly pleased with the progress they’ve made over the past two months. Following their woeful 15-30 start, they’ve been above .500 since.