It wasn't a huge loss, it wasn't a close win. It just was. The Padres couldn't get any momentum going against the Dodgers and Kenta Maeda. The lose their first series in a while, and drop the final before the half-way point of the season. They've ended this chapter 38-51, just a centimeter above last place.
Christian Friedrich wasn't half bad today. He was maybe only half good, too. In 5 innings he gave up 3 runs, allowing 7 hits but striking out 7 as well. By the 5th inning he had conceded a home run to Adrian Gonzalez, and left the game throwing only 80 pitches. The bullpen didn't budge, but the Friars couldn't push past the Doyer bullpen either.
Derek Norris was the only Friar swinging the stick for results, and for power today. He launched his 12th home run of the season in the 5th inning on the first pitch, a breaking ball. It cut the 2-run LA lead in half, but nothing more came from the Padres offense. 16 strikeouts was the name of the game, and 13 of them came from the Angelino starter.
Time to take a breather from the regular season and play host. The league will get the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of San Diego for the next half week. Home field advantage to a game we'll likely be missing will be decided, and Wil Myers and Drew Pomeranz will be the only Friars representing.
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