Padres Shut Out in Final Game of Road Trip

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16: Jason Marquis #38 of the San Diego Padres is tagged out a home by Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rather than come back and fight for the series split in Atlanta, our Padres stayed quiet at the plate while the Braves piled on six runs for their third straight victory.

Kris Medlen was apparently too much for our bats to handle. He allowed only five hits, walked none, and struck out six. Jason Marquis, on the other hand, failed to keep the Braves in check. Chipper Jones hit a two-run jack in the 1st inning to give Atlanta the early 2-0 lead. Marquis then allowed back-to-back two-out homers to Jason Heyward and Jones in the 5th. He followed that by allowing a two-out walk to Freddie Freeman and a double to Dan Uggla, then intentionally walked Brian McCann to load the bases. At that point, Brad Boxberger came in to try to put out the fire, but instead he gave up a single to Paul Janish that scored the third and fourth runs in the inning. McCann was thrown out at third base on the same play, but the damage was done. Our bullpen was able to contain the Braves for the rest of the game, but our offense could put anything together.

Over the final three games of the series in Atlanta, our Padres scored all of one run, on a Logan Forsythe homer. Meanwhile, Padres pitching surrendered 18 runs. After a 4-1 victory over the Braves in game 1, it seemed like our boys were going to put up a strong fight in what was no doubt going to be a tough series, but our offense just fell flat in the final three games, and pitching came back down to earth after putting up some great performances in previous outings.

Hopefully coming back home to Petco Park will be just what our Friars need to get back on track and rebound from a 3-4 road trip.

Final - 8.16.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Atlanta Braves 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X 6 10 0

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