Leading 6-2 into the 7th inning is a good feeling. The Padres felt that against the Marlins tonight. The pitching was on point, Luis Sardinas was absolutely crushing it. Things were going well. That was, until the last 3 innings happened.
Jarred Cosart had himself a fair night. He went a thorough 5 innings only giving up 2 runs, only 1 earned. He struck out three fishies and only gave up 5 hits the whole night. Not bad, especially followed by a solid shutout inning of Kevin Quackenbush.
After that, things kind of fell apart. Jose Dominguez gave up a single run. Then Brad Hand gave up three (3) runs in the 8th. That's a tie ballgame after a having a 4 run lead well throughout the game. Not a problem if the Padres hitting stayed on point.
Luis Sardinas had a two-run RBI double and a solo HR (his third so far) to make up most of the Padres runs. Cosart aided a run crossing the plate on an error by Miami pitcher David Phelps. Ryan Schimpf hit his 15th scheduled home run. Then the Padres offense got stopped cold.
That part was a problem. Because with a tie game and in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Maurer gave up a single, a walk, and a towering ground-rule double. Game over, Marlins win 7-6.
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