Padres swept by Phillies

Clayton Richard is having a hell of a time throwing anywhere except to home plate. He had a great start except he made two throwing errors with both leading to runs.

The first error was his poor pick off attempt to Adrian Gonzalez. Adrian recovered the ball, made a great off balance throw to second and almost recorded the out anyway. Later Richard had a chance to turn an easy double play on a comebacker but spiked the ball and hit the base runner.  Even when he had plenty of time you could tell he didn't trust his throws because he'd lob them to first.

This marked the end of Richard's 5 game winning streak, but he's had trouble throwing this month.  In San Francisco he spiked the ball at least twice that I can remember.  One time Richard bounced the ball to Chase Headley and I think the other time he spiked it on a pitch.

Back on August 7th Richard threw a wild pitch during an intentional walk against the Diamondbacks in a dreadful 4 run inning.

It seems that when he takes some speed off his throws he loses his release point and the problem is only being compounded by over thinking the throws.

I experience the same difficulty when I switch from baseball to softball and back to baseball. My theory is that Richard is playing in a recreational softball league.  Somebody look into that.

Final - 8.29.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 5 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
WP: Cole Hamels (8 - 10)
LP: Clayton Richard (12 - 6)

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