The Padres lost this afternoon, and it was ugly. The offense was anemic, putting up just five hits all day. The defense was sloppy, committing three errors and giving up an unearned run to lose to game. The only bright spot was the bullpen, but relievers don’t win games all on their own.
Things took a sour turn right away, as Jarred Cosart gave up a first inning solo shot to Odubel Herrera. The Friars got that back in the third thanks to sloppiness from the Phillies. Derek Norris led off the inning with a single, then went to third on a throwing error by Maikel Franco. Travis Jankowski hit a grounder to second to plate Norris and tie the game.
The top of the fourth inning saw the team totally crumble, though. Alex Dickerson looked lost in left field as balls kept coming his way and dropping for hits. Only one of those miserable plays was scored as an error, but it was really bad, folks. Four runs scored, three of them earned. Dickerson redeemed himself a bit in the bottom of the inning, sending his seventh homer of the season into the right field stands.
Things got exciting again in the sixth, when Jankowski and Wil Myers joined forces with back to back leadoff singles. Jankowski scored on a sacrifice fly, and then Ryan Schimpf went yard for the tenth time in his short career to tie things up. It didn’t last.
Jose Rondon started the seventh by air mailing a throw to first, letting the leadoff runner reach second. Brad Hand almost got out of trouble by retiring the next two batters, but then Tommy Joseph singled to left to break the tie.
The Padres looked like they might get that run back right away. Derek Norris and Jose Rondon drew back to back walks to begin the seventh, but then Jabari Blash grounded to third to start a triple play. And that’s about when you could turn off the game.
The Padres are off tomorrow as they fly to Pittsburgh. First pitch Tuesday is at 4:05 PM.