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Offense stifled, bullpen fails again as Padres swept

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Moving further away from the wild card spot

MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

On July 14th, the Padres lost against the Atlanta Braves for the third time this week. Putting the Padres three games back for the wild card spot, this was a “frustrating series” says manager Andy Green. Although it has been said before, the Padres are resilient and Fernando Tatis Jr. says, “were confident”, which gives hope to the fans.

This game was especially hard on the Padres bullpen. The score remained 0-0 until the 8th inning when Trey Wingenter gave up 4 runs. The Padres bullpen has struggled before, and the fans have all made their opinions clear about it, but sometimes it’s harder to digest than others. For me, this was difficult because up until the 8th inning, the game was still interesting to watch. We had a chance to win one of the three games in the series, but the bullpen came in and took the opportunity away. Everybody has bad days, but I feel like the Padres have more bad pitching days than good ones.

On the bright side, Cal Quantrill pitched 6 innings only giving up 3 hits. Craig Stammen followed Quantrill for one inning, leaving the braves off the bases and the board. Andres Munoz closed out the game with two strikeouts, and no hits.

San Diego finished the game with ten hits and only one run. Although the Padres bats usually make up for any mistakes made, that wasn’t the case here tonight. In the 8th inning Josh Naylor singled on a ground ball to center fielder Ronald Acuna, allowing Tatis Jr. to score and get the Padres on the board.

The Padres have the day off tomorrow but play in Miami for a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

Final score: 4-1 Braves