Yesterday's stormy night pushed what would have been the second of the four-game series to today. The Padres and Cardinals made that up today in a double-header. The Padres went on to lose both of those games, but not by a ton. The results of each game can be traced back to a single mistake.
For the first game, Colin Rea's mistake was every single home run that he gave up. Three, if we're counting. Jedd Gyorko hit one of those home runs, and if you're not familiar with Gyorko's stats against the Padres by now just know that he's doing very very well against us. Rea was allowed to throw for 6 innings, gave up 4 runs for the loss, and struck out two.
The Padres, who have been scoring a league-leading amount of runs since the beginning of June, scored their two runs of the first game off a single Ryan Schimpf home run. Schimpf powered his 2-run shot in the first, notching his 6th HR of the season. The offense couldn't muster anything else up for the double-header opener, and the team took the first L.
For the second game, Paul Clemens did just a tad bit better. He struck out 5 and only allowed 4 hits in 5 innings, but he gave up two home runs to, you guessed it, harmless Jedd Gyorko. Was it something we said? Too many jokes about his chubby cheeks? I don't know what it was, but the Padres are getting stung hard.
The San Diego offense tried solving the run deficit problem by throwing more home runs at it. Bombs from Matt Kemp and Schimpf (again) kept the game at a neck-and-neck basis, but the 2-run homer from Gyork was the little chubby nail into the double-header coffin.
Three losses in a row are bad for the soul. The Pads can avoid a four-game sweep by winning tomorrow, with Andrew Cashner supposedly taking the mound. Rumors of a departure via trade for Cash have been swirling as much as the storm in St. Louis on Tuesday.
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