That wraps up the final game in Dodger Stadium for the 2017 Padres. Thankfully, that means two things: (1) We won’t have to suffer through losses like tonight anymore and (2) we won’t have to suffer through the relentless clapping noises and myriad other sound effects bleeding through home broadcasts and boiling our brains.
Unfortunately, before we could get through the final game of the series, the Padres and their fans had to take a few lumps. 10 lumps to be exact. Thanks to a brutal last start of the ’17 season from Clayton Richard. The ground ball pitcher may have induced a few ground balls, and he may have flirted with breaking his 8 strikeout record, but he mostly gave up 8 runs (6 earned) over 8 hits in the 5 innings he threw.
Kirby Yates made sure to give up 2 home runs after taking over for Richard in the 6th, putting the Dodgers at an even 10 runs. From there, Craig Stammen and Brad Hand stitched the wound with 2 innings of shutout ball. It didn’t matter, though, because the Padres offense was nowhere to be found.
Unlike the past couple games of this series, the Friars couldn’t muster a single run. Only 3 hits came out of tonight’s lineup, two from Yangervis Solarte and one from Austin Hedges. The Pads collectively struck out 14 times. So yeah, not the best game to come from the boys.
But hey, the Padres will get the chance to take one last day off before starting their series against the Giants in SF on Friday. While they’re doing that, San Diego’s top prospects will be keeping Petco Park warm before winter hits, facing in another exhibition against the Texas Rangers’ prospect pool.
There’s a little bit of baseball left in this curled up tube of toothpaste. Let’s beat up the Giants one last time before we turn the lights out for the 2017 season.