The Padres put up a crooked number in the fifth tonight, but that was not enough. Luis Perdomo put up a solid start, getting stung with a couple unearned runs thanks to a first inning error by Erick Aybar, but holding steady through six innings. Ryan Schimpf came up big tonight, continuing his bizarre stat line by hitting a two-run bomb to boost the lackluster offense. But it was the bullpen that blew it, with Ryan Buchter faltering in the eighth.
Perdomo got stung with two singles to start the first, but retired Hunter Pence and Michael Morse, nearly escaping from a jam. But a misplayed ball by Aybar allowed Joe Panik to score, and then Conor Gillaspie singled in Brandon Belt.
Yangervis Solarte took one for the team to start the fifth, and Schimpf brought him home immediately with his sixth blast of the season.
Then Brandon Belt dropped a fly from Cory Spangenberg, who flew around to third. An Austin Hedges single gave the good guys the lone, brief lead of the evening. Brandon Belt led off the bottom half of the inning with a double, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Morse’s sacrifice fly tied things up, and it stayed that way until the eighth, when Christian Arroyo went yard.
Jhoulys Chacin gets the start tomorrow, and given his home-away splits this season, you may want to prepare yourself for a rough game. First pitch at 6:05 PM.