The Padres tank is back in full swing today, as the Marlins completed their Players Weekend sweep of the Friars. Clayton Richard did his best to avoid that fate, contributing offensively with his second ever home run, but a sloppy eighth inning put the Fish solidly on top.
The Marlins took their first lead in the third on two-out rally. Dee Gordon started it with a bunt single, and Giancarlo Stanton kept it going with a double to right. The speedy Gordon went all the way home on the play. Jabari Blash tried to nail him at home, but the effort was for naught, and allowed Stanton to take third on the play. That set him up to come on a wild pitch and put Miami up 2-0.
The Friars evened things up in the fifth when Richard did this.
In addition to that bomb, Clayton held the Marlins to just those two runs until the eighth inning. He was cruising, but he slipped up in the eighth. He gave up another single to Gordon, and then Stanton plated two with his fiftieth bomb of the year. There were a couple more runs after that, but what’s the point of rehashing an already lost cause?
The Friars return to San Diego tomorrow, where they’ll take on the even worse Giants at 7:10 PM.