The San Diego Padres have been working on a way to haul down and pass the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last couple of seasons. While there is still work to be done, Sunday was evidence that they have what it takes to compete with them. They might not be able to do it over the course of the season, but they have the weapons to trouble the reigning World Series champs in the playoffs. If you want proof, look at what they did on Sunday Night Baseball this week. Down 7-1 going into the seventh, they mounted a comeback of epic proportions. They plated two runs in the seventh and four in the ninth to tie it at 7-7, with Manny Machado’s single the equalizer, if you will.
Fernando Tatis, Jr., who homered in the fourth, scored the tying run, and he would have the honor of scoring the winning run in the top of the 11th as well as Eric Hosmer, who had an earlier single to aid the rally, drove him in with a single to give them an impressive 8-7 victory over their chief rivals. Elsewhere, it has to be mentioned, the Atlanta Braves were completely dominated by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Through two seven-inning games, due to rain on Saturday, the D-Backs held the Braves to one solitary hit. In the first game, Atlanta lost 5-0 as Zach Gallen shut them down. In the second, Madison Bumgarner had a no-hitter in seven nearly flawless innings to help them win 7-0. The Diamondbacks moved to .500 at 11-11 courtesy of the pair of victories over the NL East foes while the Braves slid to 9-12.