The San Diego Padres have been struggling with an inconsistent offense this season, but the addition of Gary Sánchez has given the team a much-needed boost. Since joining the team on May 30th, Sánchez has hit four home runs in his first nine games, making him one of the most productive hitters in the league during that span. His addition has been a significant upgrade for the Padres, who struggled with poor offensive production from their catchers before Sánchez's arrival.
In addition to his hitting, Sánchez has also helped the Padres' pitching staff, as the team has posted a 1.66 ERA in the games he's caught. This has been a crucial factor in the team's recent success, as they've won five of their last nine games when scoring more than one run.
In their interleague series against the Seattle Mariners, the Padres showed signs of improved offense. They secured a 10-3 win in the second game of the series, with Sánchez hitting a three-run homer in the third inning to extend the Padres' lead. Juan Soto also had a standout performance, hitting five-for-five and driving in four runs.
The Padres had 17 hits in the game, including 10 with two outs, and matched their season-high in runs scored. Jake Cronenworth and Juan Soto combined for four of the club's five opposite-field hits by left-handed batters, which was a focus for the team's plan of attack. Alfonso Rivas and Ha-Seong Kim also contributed to the win, with Rivas hitting an RBI single and Kim scoring on a groundout by Tatis.
Despite a late attempt by the Mariners to make a comeback in the eighth inning, the Padres secured the win to split the two-game series. With Sánchez's strong start and improved offense, the Padres are looking to turn their season around and make a push for the playoffs.