Spangenberg, Pirela lead Padres' attack in win

July 5th, 2017

CLEVELAND -- launched a two-run home run, and eight Padres found the hit column in a 6-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The 13-hit attack helped back an effective outing from and notched a series win for San Diego.
"Kind of through the order, we had big hits from a number of spots," Padres manager Andy Green said. " ... It was a good team effort from an offensive perspective."
Spangenberg's shot off Tribe reliever Zach McAllister in the seventh inning offered some breathing room for the Padres' bullpen, which held the Tribe in check to seal the win. Perdomo picked up his fourth win of the season by holding the American League Central-leading Indians to two runs (one earned) over five innings of work.
"Yeah, I battled," Perdomo said. "I definitely had to battle up there. I did until I was able to do the job, do what I needed to do. For that, I feel pretty good about the start."
San Diego's offense was helped by a three-hit showing apiece from (one RBI) and (two RBIs). The bulk of the damage came against Indians starter , who was charged with four runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings, in which he struck out seven and walked two.

The Indians had ample opportunities to break through, but ended the night 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position. had two RBIs and three hits, including a pair of doubles, but the Tribe could not make the most of its 14 hits. A prime example came in the eighth, when doubled, but was later thrown out at the plate by right fielder on a two-out single by .
"It took a real good throw to get him and Hunter made a real nice throw," said Indians bench coach Brad Mills, who managed in place of Terry Francona. "When you're not scoring runs, you're not getting those hits ... you try to press the envelope a little bit more. And the envelope kind of bit us a little bit there."
Crash into three: has made a habit of highlight-reel catches in center, but the ball that shot off Pirela's bat in the fifth proved too difficult. Zimmer chased down the shot to deep center, leaping and crashing into the fence as the ball ricocheted to the grass. Per Statcast™, the play had a catch probability of 16 percent, and Zimmer nearly completed the grab. Instead, Pirela raced for an RBI triple, and then scored on a missed catch by Lindor at shortstop to put the Padres up, 3-1.

"[Zimmer] thought he had it," Mills said. "He hit the wall so hard, and I think it hit it in his glove the way it looked. He had it and it fell out. The effort, the distance he had to run to get there in the first place, and then to be able to make the effort to almost catch that thing is pretty special."
"Would've been the best catch I've ever seen in my life if Bradley Zimmer caught that ball in right-center field," Green said. "[He] covered more ground than I think I've ever seen. That's a phenomenal athlete out there."
A bruising escape: Perdomo became an unintentional target in the fifth inning, when Cleveland sent two sharp grounders off the pitcher for hits. Lindor's 102-mph chopper struck Perdomo's right shin and shot into right field for an unlikely RBI double. followed with a 105-mph comeback that struck the starter in the right forearm and bounced away for an infield single. That painful stretch ended when Perdomo induced an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play from to escape further damage.
"I thought he was in 'battle' mode most of the day," Green said of Perdomo. "The fifth inning, it was good to see him get into traffic, guys on bases, and work his way out with a key double play to Encarnacion there. That's a pitch or at-bat that's eluded him. [Pitching coach Darren Balsley] went out to the mound and did a nice job, kind of settling him and talking him through how to get the ground ball." More >

"Maybe some guys possibly could be putting a little pressure on themselves, or they want to be the one to break out of it and start getting those hits with runners in scoring position. And so they kind of expand the zone. I think we saw that a little bit tonight. --Mills, on the Indians' struggles with runners in scoring position
"We're going to try to turn it around. We're still in first place, but we're not satisfied with how we're doing right now." --Lindor, on dropping the first two games to the Padres
The Indians are 18-23 at home, compared to 26-16 on the road this season. Only the Giants (17) and Phillies (15) have fewer home wins this year.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Renfroe recorded his seventh outfield assist of the season when he threw out Ramirez trying to score from second on a single to right from Gomes. Going into Wednesday's game, Renfroe's six outfield assists ranked tied for first among all rookie outfielders, and tied for fourth among all Major League outfielders.
"It's a great throw, and a lot of teams won't throw to home plate right there just because of the lead," Green said. "I've always been of the persuasion that if you've got a tool, use it, and he's got a tool and he can flat throw the baseball. It was a great throw, and great job by [catcher] . He did a great job behind the dish again."

Padres: Rookie right-hander (3-2, 5.35 ERA) will take the ball in Thursday's series finale against the Indians at 4:10 p.m. PT at Progressive Field. Lamet is coming off his strongest start of his career, where he went seven shutout innings and allowed four hits while striking out eight against the Braves on Thursday.
Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (4-9, 6.17 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Indians in Thursday's 7:10 p.m. ET clash with the Padres. Tomlin has a 7.88 ERA in three Interleague outings this season, but has never faced San Diego in his career. Tomlin's rate of 1.2 walks per nine innings is the lowest mark in the American League.
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