You know the story. The Padres starting pitcher (today it was Paul Clemens) got lit up. The offense failed to convert on their opportunities (0-for-8 with runners in scoring position). Ryan Schimpf loves extra bases (a double and a triple). Derek Norris is doing nothing to improve his trade value (1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts). If all you heard was the final score of 6-3, you could still write a recap without even looking at the box score and come pretty close to the truth. It’s the end of August and Team Tank is finding a reliable losing groove.
Clemens got in the hole early on, starting the game by giving up three runs on a pair of doubles, a triple, and a sacrifice fly. The Padres got him back in the game a little over the next two innings. Schimpf led off the second with his triple and scored on a sac fly from Brett Wallace. They closed the gap to one run in the third when Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers started the inning with a single and a triple, respectively. That gave them a great shot at tying the game, but the next three batters more or less fell flat on their faces. That was the closest they ever got to a lead.
The Cubs opened it back up in the sixth with back to back singles by Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist. With one out, Clemens got wild and let both runners advance. Then an error by Luis Sardinas allowed both of them to score. A home run by Wilson Contreras in the seventh off Brad Hand gave them the insurance they needed to bury the Padres, who only managed one more run in the eighth on a walk and a double.
After the 3-4 homestand, the Padres leave for a nine game road trip. They’ll face Miami this Friday at 4:10.