Padres' defense is offensive, lose to Pirates 7-4

At first I thought this was a Padres team that was getting off to a slow start.  Then I convinced myself that they fell into an unfortunate early slump.  Now I'm pretty sure they suck.

Take yesterday's game for instance.  Nick Hundley threw a ball into center field again.  Chase Headley made some weird error at third. Eric Patterson failed to turn a half dozen double plays.  Clayton Richard gave up a grand slam.

Jason Bartlett even decided to argue with an umpire instead of running out a dropped third strike.  The ball rolled all the way to the back stop and he had a decent chance of making it to first base if he tried.

"I know everybody booed that I didn’t run," the Padres shortstop explained after the Pirates’ 7-4 victory over the Home Team. "He (Winters) said I went and I said, ‘At least check it for me.’ But they usually won’t do that on strike three."

He even admits that umpires usually won't check a pitch on a third strike and he still thought he had a better chance of arguing the call than hustling to first base.  He deserved to be booed.  Play the game!  Argue later.

I had a friend that went to the game yesterday and said that even though this was the smallest crowd of the year, they were pretty good at booing.

The only good came with a couple nice catches from Cameron Maybin and late inning home runs from Brad Hawpe and Eric Patterson.  Too little, toooooo late!

Here's the game recap if you want to relive some of the magic.  They don't show any of the Padres errors because they must have thought that it would incite enraged Padres fans to riot.

Final - 5.4.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 8 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 8 2
WP: Kevin Correia (5 - 2)
LP: Clayton Richard (1 - 3)

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