The trade deadline is just eight days away, and A.J. Preller has remained absolutely silent, in stark contrast to his frenetic off-season. If he's been hoping for an incredible winning streak right before July 31, tonight's game should have cured him of that. While Tyson Ross looked great through five innings, he fell apart in the sixth, allowing three runs on five straight singles. But that was a high point in comparison to the anemic offense. The Padres' bats combined for 3 singles and 4 walks while striking out 9 times. They made Tom Koehler look like Clayton Kershaw. Even Justin Upton, who was trotted out to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth (presumably to show interested parties that his strained oblique isn't that big a deal) struck out in a way that seemed both predictable and emblematic of the season as a whole.
If it weren't for the sixth inning, this game might have gone on forever. After retiring the first two Marlins, Ross gave up a single to Martin Prado. And then another to Christian Yelich. And then a wild pitch sent Prado home and Yelich to second. Justin Bour's single continued the hit parade and plated another run. Casey McGehee and J.T. Realmuto hit two more singles to score the third run and put a pair of fish on the corners. That finally ended Ross's night as Pat Murphy turned to Marcos Mateo, but it didn't end the scoring. When Realmuto tried to steal second, Austin Hedges and Alexi Amarista both committed throwing errors, allowing McGehee to score without trouble.
Andrew Cashner will take the mound tomorrow night as the Padres try to stop the latest in a series of skids. First pitch at 7:10 PM.
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