Despite Clayton Richard's solid effort yesterday, our Padres could not come up with an answer on offense against Mark Buehrle. It took 116 pitches in a span of just 2 hours and 18 minutes for Buehrle to pitch a complete game while allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. After a 12-inning affair on Friday night, both teams needed their pitchers to go deep into yesterday's game, and everything was looking good as Richard and Buehrle took a 1-1 tie going into the eighth inning. But Richard couldn't keep it going and had to hand it over to the bullpen, but remained on the hook for two more earned runs in the eighth. The Marlins then scored an insurance run in the ninth with a solo homer off Miles Mikolas, who was making his big league debut, and our Padres failed to answer back.
Today, we will try to avoid the sweep with rookie Joe Wieland on the mound looking for his first win of the season. In his last start, Weiland struck out a career-high eight batters, but gave up five runs in five innings for the loss. In that start, he was roughed up by Ryan Braun, who had a 4-for-5 night including three homers (two off of Wieland) and a triple. Today he will need to find a way to shut down Giancarlo Stanton, who homered yesterday and has hit safely in his last eight consecutive games.
Making the start for Miami will be Ricky Nolasco. He is coming off a great start in San Francisco, where he allowed just one run on seven hits in 7.1 innings of work. Nolasco boasts a 3-1 record at Petco Park and hopes to tack on another win today to give the Marlins a sweep.
Miami is riding a five-game win streak so hopefully we can put together a solid performance today and snap it. But as fans, I think we should do everything we can to help out our Padres, so for the love of the Friar, can we please get 20 Gaslamp Ballers to comment before first pitch? [Record when this happens: 2-0; Record when this doesn't happen: 0-2].
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!