Yangervis Solarte is full of life and his team also is showing signs of it as the San Diego Padres look for their sixth win in nine games when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Solarte hit a 455-foot homer and drove in a career-best six runs as the Padres posted a 12-4 victory in the opener of the three-game series.
Solarte recorded three hits for his sixth multi-hit performance of the month to help San Diego break out of an offensive slumber. The Padres scored just six runs over their previous four contests before Solarte registered three extra-base hits, and Austin Hedges launched a three-run homer to ignite the attack. The Cardinals, who have dropped three consecutive contests, sit 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and trail Colorado by five for the second wild-card berth. Jedd Gyorko launched a two-run blast for his seventh homer in seven games against his former employers.
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 3.98 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Luke Weaver (1-1, 3.31)
Chacin is winless in his last three turns, losing the first in the stretch and following up with back-to-back no-decisions. The 29-year-old has struggled on the road with a 4-6 record, 6.90 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 12 starts this season. Chacin is 0-4 with a 5.81 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Cardinals.
Weaver is making his third start of the season as he fills the rotation spot of the injured Adam Wainwright. The youngster, who turned 24 years old on Monday, might be a starter for the rest of the year, and manager Mike Matheny is hoping he will be more economical with his pitches. “If he’s going to stay in games deep, he’s going to have to get balls on the ground, balls in play, and let the defense work,” Matheny told reporters. “He’s got strikeout stuff. I think it’s really learning, ‘I can blow the guy away and it might take six pitches. I’d rather get him in two.’”
1. Cardinals C Yadier Molina homered on Tuesday to tie George Hendrick (123) for 17th place on the franchise list.
2. San Diego 1B Wil Myers is 0-for-13 over his last four contests and homerless in his past nine games.
3. St. Louis SS Paul DeJong is hitless in nine at-bats over the last two games after going 17-for-36 with four homers and 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 6, Padres 3