Last night, Clayton Richard fell flat on his face with a five-run first inning. To his credit, he dusted himself off and pitched five more innings of one-run ball, but the damage was done. On the bright side, Miguel Diaz pitched three excellent innings and we got to see an artillery display thanks to the cannon arms of Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges. With the four-game series split 1-1 so far, the Padres need a win tonight for a chance at the series win.
Jhoulys Chacin has been better than advertised this year. He has the second-best ERA and opponents batting average on the team behind Trevor Cahill. He’s been walking less batters, but he’s also been prone to the occasional longball. Facing an offense that’s hit more dingers than any other team, keeping the ball in the park should be a goal today. His batting average of .286 is the second-best on the team as well, small sample notwithstanding, so don’t be surprised to see him slotted eighth in the order.
As my cohort Joe Lanek pointed out in the series preview, Matt Garza is not a good human being, and I find it interesting that he now shares a dugout with a man whose wife he misogynized all over twitter. That must have made for an awkward moment. The bad news for the Padres is that he’s pitching pretty well this year, to the effect of a 2.66 ERA. The good news is that he probably isn’t that good, and it’s time for someone to show him how not-good he’s been for the last few years.
One bad inning wrecked yesterday’s game, otherwise the Padres would have had a fighting chance against a pitcher who was hitting his spots. This offense is starting to get some confidence, and the defense showed some teeth yesterday (well, except for Wil Myers). A series win requires a win today, so go get ‘em!
Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego