On July 1st, the Padres took on the San Francisco Giants in the first of a three-game series. The Padres were one game over .500 coming into tonight’s game, and they have been making a serious surge to get back into wild card contention, leading up to the All-Star break. Tonight, was a step backward as the Giants ran away with the game dropping the Padres back to .500 on the season.
With the San Diego pitching staff settling in a bit, Andy Green gave Logan Allen the start. Hopefully it is only two steps forward, and one step back type of situation, but tonight felt like a giant leap backward for those watching the game. In his third major league start Logan Allen really got a taste of the big leagues. Allen threw only 4 innings giving up 6 runs off 7 hits. The Giants were jumping all over the San Diego pitchers tonight, every swing seemed to go for extra bases. The Padres ended up using Phil Maton, Trey Wingenter, and Robert Stock out of the bullpen and they combined to give up another 7 runs. All in all, Logan Allen maintained his composure well as the Giants offense was connecting with everything throw at them, and maybe it is just me, but I hope Allen is here to stay in the rotation for a while.
The Padres bats fell almost silent, recording only 5 hits all night and scoring just 2 runs. The team went 1-11 with RISP and left 7 runners on base.
After another brutal outing for the pitching staff, the Padres will need to shake off the last two games. San Diego is a resilient group of guys, and I don’t see any real cause for concern at this point in the season. They get back after it again tomorrow night for game two against the Giants and look to jump back over .500.
Final score: Giants 13-2