The Padres got lucky today. I mean, they didn’t win, but they didn’t have to play a whole nine innings to get the loss they were headed for from the second inning. Robbie Erlin had an absolutely miserable night that ended after a seven-run third, but the bullpen only had to cover three innings after his disaster. The offense didn’t do much better, putting together a measly 5-for-24 day. A two-run homer from Eric Hosmer is the only thing that kept the Friars from getting shut out before the rain came pouring down.
Erlin’s undoing was a death by a thousand cuts. He gave up a leadoff single to Eugenio Suarez, then got Phillip Ervin to fly out. He then gave up three straight singles and the first run of the game before recording a second out. That out was a sacrifice fly that led to a second run. Two more singles put Cincinnati up by three, and it only got worse from there. The sixth single of the inning reloaded the bases for Joey Votto, who hit the second grand slam of this series to make it 7-0. Suarez came back to the plate to hit another single, but Ervin flied out again to finally end the inning from hell.
The Friars had a real chance to narrow the lead in the fourth. Hunter Renfroe led off with a single, and Hosmer’s bomb cut the deficit down to five runs. Franmil Reyes flied out, but Austin Hedges bounced back with his second triple of the season. A pair of walks loaded the bases with one out, and even a single would have made it a game again. But Francisco Mejía and Freddy Galvis both struck out to end the inning. The next Pad to reach base was Jose Pirela in the top of the seventh, but the skies opened up and the umpires decided to call the pointless game.
If the weather holds up, Jacob Nix will take the mound tomorrow in search of a split. First pitch at 1:10 PM.