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Padres 2, Rangers 5: Pads drop another series

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MLB: San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres drop the final game of the series against Texas, conceding 2 games. This round was decisive for the Rangers, with them staying on top of the Padres 5-2. They laid on the hits against Clayton Richard, and the Friars couldn’t respond quickly enough.

Richard stayed in a full 7 innings, but in those innings gave up double-digit hits at 10. From those 10 hits, the Rangers ran up 4 earned runs against Clayton. Jose Castillo and Kazuhisa Makita came in for 8th inning relief, with Castillo only lasting long enough to record an out and give up a home run. Makita would end up getting the Pads through the rest of the 8th with no runs and a strikeout.

The Padres offense showed up late, again in the 8th inning, but wasn’t enough to make up for the 5 total runs the Rangers would record by the end of the game. The first run came from an Austin Hedges RBI-double off a fastball, and an Eric Hosmer bases-loaded walk.

Unfortunately, the Padres would only end up stringing together 4 hits from Hosmer, Christian Villanueva, Jose Pirela, and Hedges, with everyone except Hosmer and Hedges striking out at least once.

After a string of series wins in the first half of June, the Pads are now looking at an equal string of lost series in the second half. The final series of the month will start against the Pirates back at home on Friday, giving the Friars some time to travel, rest, and prep.