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The Friars concede a series win with a weak 2-1 loss.

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It's fair to say that the craziness of the Colorado series has worn off and, for now, we're back to classic attrition baseball. The Padres have been outscored 8-5 by the Phillies over the course of the week, but our pitching has not yet let things out of reach. The failure of this series was on the offensive level, and today's loss encapsulated that a bit.

To help distract you for a moment, look at Matt Kemp's Kobe Bryant fanboy batting gloves:

Anyway. Colin Rea completely bounced back from his rocky start against Colorado. After going only three innings against the Rockies, and getting rocked for 5 earned runs, Rea needed to do a lot to prove that he deserved a spot in the starting 5. Today it's safe to say that he, along with Robbie Erlin, are two young dudes who have fought for that deserved spot.

Colin Rea's seven solid frames.

Rea went a full 7 innings today, and delivered on everything that he could have been asked of.

  • His pitch count was pinched off right before 100.
  • He only allowed five hits and two walks
  • Only one of the two runs scored against him were earned (a home run)
  • He induced 10 ground-outs, and 3 fly-outs
  • He kept the Padres in the game the entire time
Ryan Buchter also came in and kept things within grasp, doing his job to zero out the Phils for an inning.

The knife in the gut came from 3 Padres errors: A poor throw from Cory Spangenberg and fielding flops from Alexi Amarista and Adam Rosales. Padres fielding has also been a bit spotty this series, with the occasional bright moment of a highlight-worthy defensive display.
Amarista bobbles a grounder, resulting in a late throw to first. Myers makes up for it with a quick throw to Christian Bethancourt* to save the inning.
Offensively, Amarista was the only fella with more than one hit. Wil Myers, Jon Jay, and Melvin Upton Jr. all had multiple strikeouts. When both Matt Kemp and Myers struck out with the bases loaded, sometimes you just deserve to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies.

There's still an opportunity to split the series tomorrow. Drew Pomeranz will be taking it to Vince Velasquez for some early morning Thursday baseball. Let's score some more of those runs, yeah?

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