The Padres didn’t do much of that hitting thing tonight. They managed just five singles, and the five walks they drew might have been helpful on some other night. But tonight, they went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. That was rough on Robbie Erlin, who tossed five innings and change while allowing just two runs. And one of those runs was unearned, thanks to an awful throw by Wil Myers.
That first one was all on Erlin, though. Nomar Mazara led off the second with a single, and then a wild pitch put him in scoring position. Robbie bounced back with a pair of strikeouts, but Jurickson Profar hit another single to plate Mazara.
A couple more singles to start the fifth put Erlin in trouble again. But Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded into a surefire double play at third, and Myers got the lead runner easily. But instead of making a clean throw to first, Wil airmailed it, allowing Profar to score from first. The Friars still got a second out on the play, as Kiner-Falefa tried to turn a ground out into a triple and failed, but the Rangers got their insurance run. Speaking of Profar, he caused even more trouble in the seventh, as he took Phil Maton deep to make it 4-0.
Eric Lauer will hopefully get some run support when he takes the mound tomorrow. First pitch at 5:40 PM.