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Padres 1, Nationals 11: Friars rained on by Nats

The Friars almost avoided a loss with the chance of a rain delay.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

An early drizzle threatened to delay the game today. The short sprinkle cleared up and the tarp was rolled off the field. Everything seemed good to go and both teams were ready to take the field for game two of the four game series. Everybody except the Padres.

The hitting woes continue, as each game with poor run production feels like a terrible series of sequels that make just enough at the box office to keep showing up again and again. At this point, 20+ games into the season, who is hurting us the most? What does it mean for the next 20 games? Let's try to find some patterns.

Chris Denorfia .333 22 .838 4 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 LOB
Nick Hundley .320 13 .880 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 LOB
Everth Cabrera .297 22 .718 5 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 LOB
Seth Smith .277 21 .815 -
Yasmani Grandal .250 19 .688 -
Alexi Amarista .220 21 .699 4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 LOB
Will Venable .203 23 .501 2 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 LOB
Yonder Alonso .198 16 .504 4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3 LOB
Xavier Nady .192 16 .877 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4 LOB
Chase Headley .186 20 .564 -
Tommy Medica .143 14 .458 -
Jedd Gyorko .139 23 .440 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 LOB
Rene Rivera .136 9 .310 1 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 LOB
Andrew Cashner .222 7 .444 Fresh haircut, even fresher perm.

Everth Cabrera serves to be our most consistent hitter. Which shouldn't really feel like a surprise, but with the way Jedd Gyorko is doing his best Matthew McConaughey/Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com movie title impression, and with Chase Headley swinging his way onto the DL, who knows what to expect at this point in the season. Should we look forward to low-performers being shoved onto the DL to make room for fresh blood? Or is this still too small of a sample size?

If we hold the sports cliche to heart and take it "one day at a time", today was a day I would have preferred to take completely off. Was my rain dance not enough? Apparently not. Stephen Strasburg threw fantastic as always, striking out 11 and only giving up 7 hits, holding us scoreless through 7.

With Robbie Erlin getting lit up, giving up 13 hits and 8 earned runs, today's highlight was seeing the newly introduced Kevin Quackenbush throw his first major league frame. Though Quackenbush wasn't given much of a positive environment going into a game trailing 8-1, he only gave up 2 runs on 2 hits throwing a quick 1.2 innings and recording his first major league strikeout. Starting the Quackenbeard off with a 10.80 ERA isn't very nice of us, but it was nice seeing new talent deliver some good product in tonight's rainy effort. Let's get his season rolling with a quack.

A bonus meal was being treated to Jace Peterson's first big league outing at third base. Jace was brought in during the 6th inning to provide the Gnats with a front-row seat of his first major league hit; a snippy single into center field. Batting .500 in the big leagues? Woah! Did I hear somebody say "extension"?