Today's loss came in a bit different shape. In place of an early meltdown was a bit of a late poor performance from one cog of the bullpen. San Diego earns another loss, and continues to try to stop their sliding deeper into last place.
Andrew Cashner threw just about as good as you'd expect. This was his sixth game giving up 3 earned runs. Six innings, 4 runs (one of them a HR), and 3 strikeouts is about as average as one can anticipate from Cash this season. At the very least, he kept the game within reach, as he was pitching shutout baseball until the sixth.
In the 8th, Brandon Maurer collapsed and gave up a two-run RBI-single, and then a 2-run HR. He created a gap for the Padres offense that would never be closed.
The Friar runs came from Christian Bethancourt, an RBI-single in the 2nd, Brett Wallace, an RBI-double in the 6th, and Alexei Ramirez, an RBI-single in the 9th on another last-ditch rally attempt. The rally was never fully realized, and the Padres earned another ugly L.
San Diego wraps up their 2-game trip to Safeco tomorrow as James Shields takes on Hisashi Iwakuma. After that, they'll all head down to Petco. With a Shields win tomorrow, and two home wins in the middle of the week, the Friars can really start to turn this May frown upside-down.
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