SAN DIEGO – Victor Caratini hit a tie-break, double Homer and Yu Darvish scored six powerful substitutions as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Padres won a few hours after receiving news that shortstop star Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to. for now avoid surgery on a partially dislocated left shoulder. Tatis was put on a ten-day injured list, and Padres did not set a time frame for his return.
“The strength of this team is that we all do our job really well and we help each other,” Darvish said of playing without an electrified Tatis.
Caratini’s first Homer with San Diego was a two-way kick to the right field next to Matt Wisler (0-1), one in the seventh breaking a 1-all draw. South Korean rookie Kim Ha-seong, who went to the crossbar instead of Tatis, was on a walk.
“Coming, I knew he was a good player. He’s a lot better than we expected,” manager Jayce Tingler said of Caratini.
Caratini is Darvish’s personal catcher. They were obtained from the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 29, the same day the Padres also acquired Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Every time he hits a home game he somehow comes to me with a smile, so I don’t really like that. Funny, obviously, but it was good for the team, so I think that’s okay,” Darvish said.
Darvish allowed one run and three hits as he knocked out seven and walked one. He left with a score tied at 1 and failed to make a decision for a second consecutive start. He was not eligible to win the opening game when he came out after a 4 2/3 change in San Diego’s 8-7 win against Arizona.
Tingler said Darvish and Caratini work well together.
“They understand the game plan and think with each other. It definitely helps Caratini get back there with him. He knows how to put down all seven or eight characters, all the pitches Darvish throws,” Tingler said.
Keone Kela (1-0) scored a perfect week, and Mark Melancon made 1-2-3 ninth for his third save. The Padres have pulled the last 13 Giants hitters.
Darvish allowed center-right Homer Brandon Crawford to take the third, his first.
San Diego equalized in the bottom half on Eric Hosmer’s RBI single.
Giants starter Aaron Sanchez went five substitutions, allowing one series and six goals with four strokes and no walks.
Giants: 2B Tommy La Stella was late with a scratch in the starting lineup, squeezing his upper back but hit a grip in the eighth. Wilmer Flores replaced La Stella in second place and Mike Yastrzemski moved for a place to hit the lead.
Padres: Tatis underwent an MRI that showed a labral rupture of his left shoulder, and the team feels that rest and rehabilitation are the best way to act. CEO AJ Preller said that the Padres do not think they will endanger Tatis if he continues to play this season. Tatis was injured with a strong swing as he attacked on the third Monday night.
Giants: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-0, 1.35 ERA) should start the series finals. He had a great open day, allowing only one run as he threw in the seventh, but didn’t make a decision after the Mariners came together for an 8-7 win.
Padres: Snell (0-0, 0.00) should start a second time with Padres and is looking for his first win after being drawn after a 4 2/3 achieved with no result in a 4-2 win against Arizona on Friday.