Sometimes the baseball Gods grant your team a glorious walk-off that makes small children cry. Other times, teams pop off a go-ahead run or two against you in the top of the 9th inning and split a series. Tonight’s game was the latter scenario. No glory, no fun, just a sigh-worthy loss.
The loss, however, wasn’t the result of your boy Jhoulys Chacín. In fact, Chacín through a complete 7 innings only giving up a single run and 2 hits. His start was stellar, and he even struck out 8. Brad Hand threw an inning of solid ball as well, putting up a scoreless one-hit relief effort and striking out 1. Yangervis Solarte had a great game-tying RBI-double in the 6th, and Allen Córdoba gapped his first career triple, and also stole his first base of the season. And hey, Wil Myers went 2-for-4.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team wasn’t on point. Cory Spangenberg, Austin Hedges, Eric Aybar, and Hunter Renfroe all went hitless. Ryan Schimpf struck out pinch-hitting for Chacín. The Padres left 7 on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in a scoring position.
Then, with an extra-inning game almost perfectly lined up, Brandon Maurer arrived to allow four hits in a row with two scoring. Erick Aybar couldn’t glove a liner, and the Brewers were up by 2 at the top of the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, Austin Hedges draws a walk. Then: fly out, strike out, strike out. The fun never began, and the series win at Petco had been lost.
Still, tomorrow Jarred Cosart will take the mound, looking to duplicate his past starts. The Pads still have the chance to split the four-game series against Zach Davies and the Brews. Day baseball!