Home cooking apparently hits the spot for the Padres, who stomped the Atlanta Braves 12-1 Thursday in their first game at Petco Park this year.
Manny Machado led the way as the team gifted East County native Joe Musgrove with five early runs. The Grossmont High alum logged his first win of 2022 after leaving the game with two out in the seventh, having struck out seven while giving up four hits.
Machado, meanwhile, set a career high with five hits. He also scored four runs and drove in two with a seventh-inning home run. Eric Hosmer added four hits and two RBIs, while DH Luke Voit had two hits and three RBIs.
CJ Abrams also homered, marking his first in the big leagues. A sold-out Petco Park crowd bestowed curtain calls on both the veteran Machado, 29, and the rookie Abrams, 21.
“For one day, that’s about as good as it gets,” manager Bob Melvin told Bally Sports San Diego of his first win at Petco as the Padre skipper.
A wild Charlie Morton (1-1) took the loss for the reigning World Series champs, while Ozzie Albies broke up the shutout in the ninth with a solo homer.
The Friars had returned home after dropping two of three to the San Francisco Giants as they went 4-3 on their season-opening road trip.
The Petco pomp and circumstance that greeted them Thursday included several special touches:
- The unfurling of the Holiday Bowl Big Flag, held by sailors of the USS San Diego.
- Grammy-award winning Encinitas native Jon Foreman, a founding member of Switchfoot, performing the National Anthem.
- A pair of F35-C Lighting II from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-125 Rough Raiders, based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, performing a flyover.
- Kallie Humphries, Carlsbad resident and three-time Olympic gold medalist, threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
In other Thursday news, the team placed Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list with a left adductor strain and recalled MacKenzie Gore from Triple-A El Paso.
The Padres have three more with the Braves for Opening Weekend. Gore, making his big-league debut, is set to take the mound for the 6:40 p.m. start Friday.