By Liz Alper
Photo via @padres on Twitter
September 30, 2020 (San Diego) - The Padres started their first playoff run since 2006 with a best-of-three wild card series against the Cardinals. Kwang-hyn Kim started for St, Louis against Chris Paddack.
The Cardinals got off to a hot start in the first with Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run homer to left. Yadier Molina singled on a line drive to center to score Dylan Carlson and Matt Carpenter hit a sac fly to score Molina and the Cardinals led 4-0.
In the home half of the first, the Padres got on the board with Eric Hosmer’s sac fly that scored Fernando Tatis Jr. The Cardinals led 4-1 after one.
In the second, Austin Nola hit a sac fly to score Jake Cronenworth and the Cardinals’ lead was cut in half, 4-2 after two.
In the third, Paul DeJong singled on a line drive to center to score Carlson and Carpenter did the same to score Molina and the Cardinals led 6-2.
In the home half of the third, Tommy Pham singled on a ground ball to right to score Tatis Jr. and the Cardinals were cut in half again, up 6-3 after three.
Nola got the Padres closer in the sixth with a sac fly double play that scored Pham. The Cardinals led 6-4 after six.
The Cardinals added the finishing touches in the ninth with a ground ball RBI single to right by Dexter Fowler. DeJong scored and the Cardinals took game one 7-4.
Game two is tomorrow at 2:08 p.m. Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis against Zach Davies.
Dinelson Lamet, Mike Clevinger out for wild card series with injuries.
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