On brand and on track for a dissapointing finish to the season, the Padres went and dropped their first game of one of their final home series of 2018. The bats stayed dull despite a few flashes of life.
Bryan Mitchell had a thoroughly below-average game, giving up 9 hits and 4 earned runs across 5 innings. Both Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria smacked homers off Mitchell, and the 4 runs the Giants earned off him would prove to be too big a hill for the Padres’ offense to climb.
Brad Weick had some great relief work, striking out 4 across 2 innings. Colton Brewer and Robert Stock kept the Giants halted with 3 strikeouts between the two. San Diego’s pen kept the Giants scoreless through 4 innings.
The Pads mustered up 2 runs in response, one off a solo HR from Austin Hedges in the second inning and another from an RBI-single by Hunter Renfroe in the 8th. Around those two RBI, the Padres only had 3 other hits and were mostly grounding out.
Joey Lucchesi will take the mound tomorrow for game 2 as the Padres desparately try to claw away from an 100 loss season. At 90 losses after tonight, and 11 games left in the season, the Pads will have to take two more wins against either the Giants, Dodgers, or Diamondbacks in the next week and a half. We can do it!