Everything before the bullpens
The San Diego Padres chased Noah Syndergaard after 6 innings, having built a 5-2 lead through a couple of rallies and a couple of home runs by Franmil Reyes and Ty France.
Cal Quantrill struggled with his command in his first start at Petco Park, but pitched out of trouble and gave up just 2 ER in 4.1 innings.
Brad Wieck, who has largely been terrible so far this year, shut the door in the 5th and pitched a clean 6th inning as well.
After six innings, the Padres were once again in a great position to get a win.
Here we go again
Phil Maton rejoined the Padres and gave up 2 runs before ever getting an out. Craig Stammen and Adam Warren didn’t fair much better, giving up 3 more runs on 2.2 innings and allowing the Mets to take a 7-5 lead on a dramatic Pete Alonso home run.
In three games against the Dodgers, the Padres’ bullpen gave away the lead three times.
Chris Paddack pitched well enough last night to give the bullpen a rest (mostly). Now that they’re called on again, it looks like they’re starting to show some serious warts.
The Padres came really, really, ridiculously close to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the bottom of the 9th, but their rally fell just short.
How the Padres address their bullpen over the next couple of weeks could be something we’re talking about in September when we look back at this season.