If you want a detailed description of the 2018 Padres, just open a thesaurus and look up the word “bad.” Even though Joey Lucchesi shined today, fanning seven while allowing just one hit in five shutout innings, the Friars ended the day with their sixth loss in seven games. The offense was miserable yet again. Only two runners made it past first base, though that number might have doubled had the team not made stupid decisions on the basepaths. Things were even worse on defense, with three separate Padres committing errors, including a crucial one by Carlos Asuaje in the ninth.
But Brad Hand was the man to truly wear the albatross today. He came in to a scoreless game and walked three runners on his way to giving up three runs. In truly embarrassing fashion, he handed the Rockies the first run of the game when he tossed four straight balls to Ryan McMahon with the bases loaded. Manuel Margot finally went yard in the bottom of the ninth, but it didn’t make a difference.