On June 13th, the Padres took the loss against the Colorado Rockies in the first of a four-game series. After losing the last four games, the Padres could have used the win to boost morale for the fans and the team. Unfortunately, with the team’s struggle both offensively and defensively, the win wasn’t in the cards for them.
So far this season, all the talk about the Padres has been on the rookie Tatis Jr. and the pitching staff for the team. The Padres have had a hard at the mound ever since the season started. For the game on Thursday night, the Padres started Matt Strahm at the rubber. Strahm gave up 7 hits, 6 runs and 4 walks, and threw 87 pitches total with 51 strikes. Luis Perdomo relieved Strahm in the 4th inning, only giving up one hit. Gerardo Reyes came in after Perdomo, giving up the other 3 runs earned by the Rockies. With Matt Wisler and Craig Stammen keeping runs off the board in the remaining innings, Strahm was listed with the loss.
The game started off strong for the Padres. Both Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer hit doubles in the first two at bats of the game. Hosmer’s double brought Tatis Jr. home, which got the Padres on the board. The next at bat was the Padres pride and joy, Manny Machado, who singled on a ground ball, letting Hosmer score, adding another run to the board. Watching the first inning of the game gave hope to the Padres fans at home, until Trevor Story and Daniel Murphy scored in the bottom of the first, tying the ball game. Machado hit a homer on a line drive to center field in the top of the 5th, and another in the 9th to right center field, which never fails to bring a smile to the team.
Although the Padres lost, they get to try again tonight in the second game of the series.
Final score: 6-9 Rockies