Tonight was the Padres' 82nd loss of the season. For those of you that have trouble with math, that means the team will officially finish under .500. It's hard to pin this one on anything but bad luck, though. Robbie Erlin tossed a short but solid 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He got plenty of backup from the bullpen, too. Tim Stauffer, R.J. Alvarez, Dale Thayer, and Blaine Boyer combined to allow just one run on 2 hits in 5 innings while striking out 8. Meanwhile, the offense went a respectable 9 for 33 with 6 walks, but the timing just wasn't there, as they only went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. You know what that is? That's baseball.
Rafael Ynoa and Justin Morneau hit a double and a single in the third to put the Rockies on the board. A trio of no-out back-to-back-to-back singles from Brandon Barnes, Josh Rutledge, and D.J. LeMahieu scored another run in the fourth. A double play followed by a ground out kept the inning from turning into a complete disaster.
The Friars offense finally woke up in the sixth inning. Jedd Gyorko led off with a single, and was nearly stranded when Rene Rivera and Yasmani Grandal both followed up with strikeouts. But Tommy Medica made us all swoon by starting a two-out rally with a single to right field. Rymer Liriano followed that up with an RBI single to put the Pads within one. Then the red-hot Alexi Amarista hit another RBI single to knot the game at two.
Alas, Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff homer off of Dale Thayer in the eighth inning. The Padres managed to get two more runners in scoring position before game's end, but stranded them both. A winning season is now out of the question, but there's still time for the Padres to improve on 2013, as they only need to win two of their remaining five games to top 76 wins.
No-No Joe Wieland gets the start in the final home game of the season (I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING). The last first pitch is at 6:10 PM.
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