Once again the Padres found themselves on the losing end of a game in which they excelled with the long ball. Tonight against the Chicago White Sox, three of the four runs scored by San Diego resulted from solo shots. It still wasn’t enough to come out victorious, as the White Sox were able to snap their six-game losing streak with a walkoff win.
The game led off with a bang, for the second night in a row, as leadoff hitter Manuel Margot hit the first home run of the night (and his fourth of the season), on the first pitch of the game. In the 3rd inning, Allen Cordoba launched his third home run of the season. The Padres loaded the bases in the 5th inning and brought home one more run on a Wil Myers sac fly. Finally, Myers homered in the 8th to make it a tie game and keep hope alive.
Padres starter Trevor Cahill wasn’t bad, but he struggled at times. He gave up a home run in the 2nd inning to Avisail Garcia. But in the 4th he really ran into trouble. After Jose Abreu reached base on an error (a call which the Padres challenged but failed to get overturned), Cahill threw three straight wild pitches - and Abreu advanced each time, resulting in the second Chicago run of the game.
An inning later, the White Sox would add on two more by way of small ball. Cahill finished up the inning and then his night was done. All in all he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Jose Torres and Kevin Quackenbush combined for a scoreless 7th inning. Then Brad Hand came in for a scoreless 8th. He stayed in for the 9th, allowing the first batter, Tyler Saladino, to walk. A sac bunt allowed Saladino to advance to second base. And then the third batter of the inning, Yolmer Sanchez, singled to center field. Saladino rounded third and slid into home, where Austin Hedges narrowly missed the tag. Before Green could signal for a challenge, the White Sox were on the field celebrating the end of their six-game skid, not that the call had a chance of being overturned anyway.
Green just recently told media of his frustration with this squad’s lack of plate discipline.
"If you want to win baseball games, you have to have competitive at-bats and you have to score other ways than home runs. Literally, we score on home runs right now, and if our guys want to win, that’s got to change."
Tonight the Padres combined for a whopping 17 strikeouts to tie a season high. Every single batter contributed to that total, and all but three struck out multiple times. In comparison, San Diego batters walked four times and got six hits (again, three of which were homers).
Tomorrow perhaps they’ll show a little more patience at the plate as they attempt to take the rubber game of the series. Jered Weaver will take the mound in a game that could possibly determine his future with the club, if Ron Fowler has anything to say about it.