The Padres recovered big time after absorbing their first loss of the season in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League, following a 20-2 whipping of the Cardinals last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Padres, which had their-six game winning streak snapped by the Yankees, two weeks ago, resumed action at the “Tan Ko” after a weeklong lull due to rain and regained their bearings quickly with a dominating victory over the winless Cardinals (0-6).
Jun Rabauliman, the Padres recruit from the Pirates, who pulled out of the league, led his new team, hitting 3-for-5 at bat and scoring three RBIs and two runs. Lancaster Secharmidal also contributed three RBIs on a 2-for-5 performance at the plate and had three runs and two stolen bases.
The Padres complemented their strong hitting with a quick feet, as they stole the dish 15 times. They had five stolen bases at the top of the fourth inning and drew two RBIs from Lancaster Secharmidal and one each from Verlance Secharmidal and Rabauliman to turn a 4-1 lead to a 10-1 advantage.
Another 6-run output at the top of the fifth, highlighted by Quinson Blas’ two-run single widened the Padres’ distance, 16-2, and while the four other runs came in the sixth off Rabauliman’s two-RBI single, Kainoa Wanket’s sacrifice fly, and a stolen base.
The Cardinals scored only one run apiece in the third and fourth inning with Austin Hocog and Dave Matagolai making one-run single apiece. The Cardinals had a chance to add more runs in the third with the bases loaded and only one run, but the runners were left stranded as the last two batters were beaten to first and flied out. The Cardinals had runners on bases anew in the fourth with one out again, but Aurel Mendiola, who advanced on a fielder’s choice and stole second, was beaten to third, while Hocog suffered the same fate at first base.
John Camacho and Patrick Tenorio finished off the Cardinals with the former getting three strikeouts in the fifth and sixth inning and the latter having one and giving up no hits in the last.
With the easy win, the Padres (7-1) kept their share of the top spot with the Braves, who also cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Giants (5-3) last Saturday.
Logan Martin shut out the Giants in the first three innings and allowed only two hits before handing the pitching chores to Cody Kaipat. Martin also had four strikeouts. Kaipat held his ground on the mound, too, while the Giants continued to struggle at bat and got only one unearned run in the sixth inning.