Wait, didn’t this just happen? It looks like the Padres were doomed to fit in one last awful game of one last awful series to cap off an awful July. Flat out, there was nothing good about being a Padres fan this month.
The Padres lost another extra-inning game, 3-2, to the Giants. They lost 20 games and won five in July. By winning percentage, it is the second-worst month in franchise history. The 1969 Padres went 5-22 in August.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 31, 2018
Todays loss couldn’t quite be pinned on pitching, or at least on Clayton Richard. Though he only put in 5 innings, Richard only allowed a pair of runs, one from Gorkys Hernandez on a sac fly in the fourth inning and one on an Andrew McCutchen solo HR in the fifth.
Richard would exit giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, and striking out one. Once Christian Villanueva drew a walk, Richard would be swapped for Cory Spangenberg and promptly strike out. Spangy would not go on to pitch, but Jordan Lyles, Robert Stock, and Kirby Yates would shut out the Giants for four more innings.
The Padres put two on the board as well, one after Wil Myers banged out a two-out single and was driven home with an Eric Hosmer RBI-double. The second run would come in the eighth inning with an RBI-ground out via Manuel Margot, getting home Jose Pirela.
Unfortunately, the Padres couldn’t muster up just one or two more runs, even once 9 innings had passed the Padres had one more shot in the bottom of the 10th. Brandon Crawford would drive home a run in the top of the inning, and the Padres would lose in extras once again.
The Padres will get the first of August off before heading to Chicago to take on the Cubs. Though it will still be hot, fingers are crossed that August isn’t nearly as miserable in the world of Padres baseball.