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.
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
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.
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