Chris Paddack allowed four runs through the game’s first two innings and the Padres were unable to overcome from a late 8-1 deficit in a frustrating 8-4 loss to the A’s at the coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Friars tried their best to mount some sort of a rally in the final innings, with Austin Nola spurring the short comeback with his first home run as a Padre coming in the eighth. After a Jake Cronenworth RBI single and a sac fly by Manny Machado, San Diego got within four, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
Paddack (3-4) has notably struggled this season and tonight was no different after allowing the A’s to jump out over the Padres from the jump. The Sheriff has yet to record consecutive wins this season and fans are starting to worry about how he’ll be handled come playoff time.
Fernando Tatis Jr., who was coming off one of his better performances of the year, finished 1-of-4 a the plate with a double and two strikeouts. Nola went 2-of-4 with a double of his own and his solo home run.
Oakland starter Sean Manaea pitched five innings and allowed just four hits, one run, and struck out five. The A’s were led offensively by 1B Matt Olson and C Jonah Heim, both of whom recorded a pair of RBIs.
Game three of the series is scheduled for the same time tomorrow at 1:10pm. The pitching matchup will be between Garrett Richards (1-2) and right-hander Matt Fiers (4-1).