Yesterday's 6-5 loss to the Braves could be attributed to a few things. A fluke inning where James Shields blows a 5-0 lead in one inning, a non-call on a dirty slide against Derek Norris, and a bunch of blown opportunities with RISP for the Padres. Today, it was a bit plain and simple. Padre runs weren't happening, and Tyson Ross couldn't keep things close enough.
Ross lasted 6 innings today, giving up 9 hits and 3 earned runs. He managed to strike out five, while also giving up a pair of walks. His weakest inning was the second, where he gave up a pair of RBI-singles to Kelly Johnson and scummy Andrelton Simmons to drop the Pads into the hole 2-0. The next inning he conceded a RBI-double play. It wasn't until the 5th inning that Cory Spangenberg was able to plate Ross on an RBI-double.
Speaking of Spangy, he went 3-4 today with that RBI. The only other Padres to get hits were Alexi Amarista and, well, Tyson Ross. Matt Kemp was resting for today, with Melvin Upton Jr. filling in center field and Will Venable moving over to right. Nothing crazy came out of Upton Jr.'s start. Meanwhile, Austin Hedges filled in for All-Star Derek Norris, and was unable to call a real pitch inside to Simmons today. Though Hedges was able to laser-beam Kelly Johnson and catch him stealing in the second.
So Ross earns the Loss, and the series is split at the Barves' favor right now. Andrew Cashner will get the final game of the series tomorrow against Julio Teheran. Cash is looking to bounce back from his last two wobbly starts.
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