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Story by Liz Alper
Photo via @Padres on Twitter
May 28, 2017 (San Diego) - The upside to yesterday’s loss was former SDSU and West Hills standout Stephen Strasburg striking out 15. Even though this series is out of reach as far as winning it, the Padres could still avoid a sweep with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound against Tyson Ross’ brother Joe for the Nats.
After an hour and 20-minute rain delay, the Padres decided losing was getting old and struck in the first again. Ryan Schimpf knocked a two-run homer out and the Padres led 2-0.
Remarkably, despite Chacin loading the bases in the bottom of the first, only one run scored on a fielder’s choice play and the Padres avoided losing the lead, still leading 2-1.
Chacin redeemed himself in the second with a single that scored Chase d’Arnaud to make the score 3-1.
The Nationals stayed close behind. Brian Goodwin singled in the bottom of the second to score Wilmer Difo to narrow the score to one run, 3-2.
The Padres added on in the fifth with d’Arnaud’s single that drove in two and the Padres jumped out to a 5-2 lead.
The Nats still wouldn’t give up. In their half of the fifth, Adam Lind doubled, scoring Ryan Zimmerman and kicked Chacin out of the game. He was replaced by Kirby Yates, who retired the side and the Padres still led 5-3. They held on and salvaged the last game of the series in Washington.
The Padres return home for a Memorial Day game against the Cubs. First pitch is tomorrow at 1:40 p.m. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago against Jarred Cosart.