San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill and first baseman/designated hitter Ji-Man Choi from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline.
On August 2, the Pittsburgh acquisition ended in failure. They didn’t help the team at all. The 43-year-old Hill was sent to the Padres, where he appeared in eight games, losing four and posting a 9.25 ERA before being claimed off waivers on Aug. 13. If a team wants him, they can claim him on waivers.
The same goes for Choi, who has been battling injuries and inconsistency all season. He didn’t have a single hit since being traded to the Padres. However, he was part of the team’s 21-game winning streak. With the score tied at 2-2 in the seventh inning, Choi pinch-hit and hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 3-2. He remained in the game as a pinch runner in the top of the eighth. It was Choi’s first hit since joining the Padres.
The Padres gave up two runs in the first inning off starter Seth Lugo and tied the game in the bottom of the first before falling behind in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh, leadoff hitter Juan Soto drew a walk to open the inning. Luis Camposano followed with a single to right to tie the game at 2-2 before Choi Ji-Man’s sacrifice fly scored the winning run.
With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, reliever Josh Hader came on and shut the door, extending his winning streak to a season-high seven games. 75-78 on the season. The Padres are 7-22 in one-run games. Hader earned his 31st save of the season.
Lugo allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings to improve to 8-7 on the season with a 3.79 ERA. Top hitter Xander Bogaerts had three hits on the day, his sixth straight multi-hit game, raising his average to .283.메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, stomach cramps kept Kim Ha-seong out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. When he was hit in the leg while dodging a foul ball while watching the game from the dugout, Castor joked, “I have a stomach problem, but this time it’s my leg.” It was a grazing blow.
The Padres, winners of seven straight, have a day off before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for the final three-game series of the regular season on April 23.