If you were hoping that the Padres might go into the All-Star break with a few wins, I have bad news for you. Luis Perdomo got rocked for five runs in even fewer innings, which would have ben the end of the night most days. But the Padres offense actually put up six runs... which, sadly, is the same number of runs Phil Maton and Phil Hughes gave up in the late innings.
The Friars’ night started out pretty well. After Carlos Asuaje hit a one-out single in the bottom of the first, Eric Hosmer went deep to put the Pads up 2-0. But the Cubs got one back when Perdomo gave up a leadoff homer to Ian Happ in the top of the second. The lead vanished in the fourth when Perdomo gave up another bomb; this one was a two-run blast by Kyle Schwarber. A single and two doubles in the fifth sent Perdomo packing and put Chicago up by four.
The Friars halved the lead in the seventh when Hunter Renfroe took Randy Rosario deep for a pair of runs. But Maton gave up more than that in the eighth. After striking out Javier Baez to start the inning, he allowed four straight Cubs to reach base on a single, an intentional walk, another single, and a double. When Hughes gave up a three-run homer in the ninth before retiring a batter, the game was already over. The two runs the Friars scored on a walk and a couple doubles made no difference.
There’s no reprieve from Padres baseball just yet. Eric Lauer gets one more start against Chicago tomorrow at 1:10 PM.