Well, the Padres swung back into tank mode pretty abruptly tonight. In the eleventh inning with a Marlin on first, Jose Torres fielded a ball by Dee Gordon and airmailed the throw all the way down the right field line. Gordon’s no slowpoke, so the game was decided by a little league home run. The first ten innings of baseball were pretty good, but that eleventh was the kind of bad that becomes infamous.
Jered Weaver looked remarkably good tonight, holding the fish to two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings of work. Those two runs came on a pair of solo shots from Giancarlo Stanton (who showed at last year’s Home Run Derby that he loves Petco Park) and Martín Prado. Marlins starter Dan Straily had a much more impressive night, striking out fourteen Padres, but thanks to Austin Hedges, Straily got the same no decision as Weaver. In the fourth inning, Hedges launched his fifth homer in eight days. But the rest of the team just couldn’t keep up.
The bullpen put in a mostly solid night of work, with Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Kevin Quackenbush combining for four scoreless innings. But Torres and his case of the yips sunk the Padres.
Hopefully the boys can bounce back tomorrow to pick up another series win. Luis Perdomo is back from the DL with the first pitch at 1:40 PM.