SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres resurrected their bats late in the MLB’s National League opening wildcard playoff round versus the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend at Petco Park where the friars notched the club’s first playoff victory in 13 seasons and first playoff series victory since 1998.
Down one game in a best-of-three series and walking down a 6-2 plank in the sixth inning of game two, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s hallelujah launch-angle catapulted the ball into the left field bleachers and San Diego back into contention at 6-5. Manny Machado’s following dinger completed the tail end of back to back Padres’ homers as the friars closed in on a 6-6 tie.
In the seventh inning a Will Myers solo-homer gave the Padres their first lead of the series at 7-6. Three batters later, Tatis crunched another boomer (second of the night) over the right-field wall followed by an emphatic bat flip as the home team took a 9-6 lead.
St. Louis threatened again before the night was out, but a Meyers two-run jack extended San Diego’s lead to 11-8. The Padres held on to an 11-9 win, which evened up the series at 1-1.
After the Padres’ divine-like comeback, the Cardinals appeared to have left their spirit in game two as San Diego cruised to a 4-0 blank Friday, October 2, to advance to the National League Divisional Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in Texas.
Oddly, the MLB decided to hold the National League Divisional and Championship Series’ in Arlington and Houston while the venues for the American League Divisional and Championship Series are slated for San Diego and Los Angeles.
Both west coast site venues for the AL playoffs are the home-turf of the two National League teams (Padres/Dodgers) that have to leave town to play in Texas.
NLDS coverage begins Tuesday, October 6, on Fox Sports 1 at 6:38 p.m. from Rangers’ Stadium at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.