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By Liz Alper

Photo:  some post-game catch with dads on Father’s Day.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 19, 2016 (San Diego) - Happy Father’s Day, dads!  This year, you get a decent pitching matchup on the Padres and Nationals matinee series finale.  But most of all, you get a Padres win.  Gio Gonzalez took the hill for Washington against Drew Pomeranz for San Diego.

The Nationals got things started again with Michael Taylor’s solo homer in the first and the Nats led 1-0.

But in keeping with the pattern we saw last night, Yangervis Solarte singled in the Padres’ half of the first, bringing home Wil Myers to tie the game at one.

Unlike last night, it didn't take the Padres long to break open the game.  Adam Rosales doubled in the fourth, scoring two and the Padres jumped ahead 3-1.

Washington would tie the game in the fifth with homers by Danny Espinosa and Taylor, but in the bottom of the fifth, Derek Norris hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Solarte and San Diego went up 4-3.  Alexei Ramirez singled, scoring Melvin Upton Jr. and the Padres went up 5-3.

In the sixth, Matt Kemp singled, scoring Ryan Schimpf and the Padres went up 6-3.  They'd go on to win and split the series with the Nats.

The Padres get a day off tomorrow before heading to Baltimore to take on the Orioles in an interleague matchup.


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