The Padres lost an ugly one today when the bullpen imploded for an eight-run eighth inning. The series went to the White Sox, who enjoyed their second straight win today after having lost six in a row.
The White Sox led 1-0 for the first six innings of the game. The only run allowed by Padres starting pitcher Jered Weaver came in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Avisail Garcia. To say Weaver has struggled this season would be an understatement, and after his last start, Padres owner Ron Fowler went so far as publicize his concerns about Weaver to San Diego media.
So today’s outing from Weaver was much-needed, both for the team and for Weaver himself. He lasted six innings and kept Chicago hitters to five hits and three walks. And it was the first time all season he didn’t give up any home runs.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana kept the Padres at bay for most of his outing, but they got to him in the seventh. Yangervis Solarte led off with a walk, followed by an Austin Hedges single to put runners at the corners. Up next came Hunter Renfroe, who smacked a homer to right field, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead.
But the fun was short-lived. Ryan Buchter came in to replace Kirby Yates (who saw the minimum three batters in the seventh inning). With one out, he issued back-to-back walks. Then a fielding error by Luis Sardinas loaded the bases. Another walk to Todd Frazier put the first run of the inning on the board, and ended Buchter’s outing. But his replacement, Brandon Maurer, wasn’t any better. The next four batters went single - RBI popout - walk - single to give the White Sox a 6-3 lead and chase Maurer from the game as well. Craig Stammen promptly gave up a double and a single to make it a 9-3 game. He then walked a batter and hit a batter, and finally Frazier (the 14th batter of the inning) flied out to end the assault.
After the game, the Padres skipper stated the obvious.
Andy Green: "That's one of the ugliest half-innings I've ever seen in baseball."— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) May 14, 2017
The Padres return home tonight from their five-game road trip and tomorrow they’re back at it against the Brewers at Petco Park.