I didn’t watch the game tonight, and thank the baseball gods for that. After his great start on Opening Day, Clayton Richard surrendered five runs in the first two innings tonight. But just like that Opening Day start, he got absolutely no support from his offense. After Christian Villanueva powered the Padres to their first win of the season yesterday, the bats went an abysmal 6-for-32, with only one of those hits coming with a runner in scoring position.
While Clayton’s first two innings were abysmal, he settled in for three more scoreless frames. The bullpen provided lights-out pitching in the back half of the game, but it was too little, too late. The lone burst of offense came in the eighth, when Jose Pirela drew a one-out walk. Carlos Asuaje followed up with a single, but Eric Hosmer nearly killed the rally by grounding into what should have been a double play. Luckily, Jake McGee biffed the catch at first, sending Pirela home and advancing Hosmer to second. Hunter Renfroe drove him home with another single, but Cory Spangenberg ended the inning. After a futile bottom of the ninth, the Friars went back to the clubhouse with another loss.
They can still salvage a split in tomorrow’s game. Joey Lucchesi will take on Tyler Anderson at 12:40 PM.