On July 2nd the Padres took on the San Francisco Giants in game two of their three-game series. San Diego was in desperate need of a good outing tonight, but the Giants jumped out ahead early and they never let off the gas.
After his ejection from the game in Colorado on June 15th, Manny Machado received a one-game suspension. Machado attempted to appeal the suspension, but to no avail. He served out his suspension tonight and his presence was greatly missed.
Matt Strahm’s spot in the rotation rolled around tonight, and it was not pretty. Strahm gave up 11 hits and 7 runs in his 5-inning performance. The Giants were all over him from the beginning when Donovan Solano led off the game with solo homer to left center. Things did not get much better from there for Strahm. After 5 innings Andy Green handed the ball off to Robbie Erlin, who was able to get the Padres through 2 innings unscathed. In the top of the 7th Erlin pitched himself into a jam loading the bases with no out but was somehow able to turn it around and retire the next three batters. Erlin was replaced by Robert Stock in the 8th, and despite Stock consistently throwing around 99 MPH with his fastball, the Giants knocked in 3 more runs. Already down by 7 in the top of the 9th Green decided to let Stock finish out the game.
It was almost as if the Padres offense forgot to show up to the game tonight. The only hits worth a mention were Franmil Reyes’ homerun in the bottom of the 2nd and Wil Meyers’ two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The Padres only mustered up 9 hits the entire game.
After a great surge for a spot in the wild card race last week, the Padres have dropped back one game under .500 and the All-Star break cannot come soon enough.
The Padres play the Giants for one last chance at a win this series tomorrow night at 6:10pm in San Diego.
Final Score: Giants 10-4