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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Carlos Asuaje scored the first run of the game for the Padres to give them the initial lead. Via @Padres on Twitter


July 8, 2018 (Phoenix) - Last night was uh…yep, we’re moving on.  Clayton Richard started against Zack Greinke for Arizona.

Today was much different.  After Carlos Asuaje got on base, Eric Hosmer doubled to left center and Asuaje scored from first to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.

But of course, it only lasted two innings.  The Dbacks loaded the bases in the third and A.J. Pollock scored two on a line drive to left to put the Dbacks on top 2-1.

Luckily, the Padres came back and Austin Hedges scored Freddy Galvis in the third with two outs with a dropping single to center to tie the game.

But that was useless in the fourth as Jeff Mathis doubled to center on a fly ball to score Ketel Marte to give the Dbacks another lead, 3-2.

The Padres tied it again in the sixth with a single up the middle from Jose Pirela that scored Manuel Margot.  Shockingly, the Padres came to play today and forced extra innings.

Usually when the Padres go for this long, they end up giving up and letting their opponent win, but not today.  We went 16 innings before Wil Myers launched a solo home run in the 16th to the top of the bleachers in right and the Padres got that sweet redemption for last night, ending the series with a 4-3 win and a split with the Dbacks.

The Padres come home tomorrow to face the Dodgers, so they can continue being miserable.  First pitch tomorrow night is at 7:10 p.m.  Clayton Kershaw starts for L.A. against Luis Perdomo.

All-Star news:

  • Brad Hand made his second all-star team tonight and will play in the All-Star Game in Washington July 17