Is this some kind of sick joke? Are the Padres really this bad? The early season answer is yes.
In fact, the Padres found a variety of ways to lose. Their bullpen coughed up a lead in game one of the series. Edinson Volquez got destroyed in game two and the Padres simply could not generate any offense in the series finale. Three losses, all very different.
Sunday’s game resembled a game we have all seen at Petco Park a thousand times. The Padres and Rockies were getting strong efforts from their starting pitches and it would be easy to assume that the first team that scored would win the game. The Rockies did.
Clayton Richard was solid, as the Padres badly needed a good effort from the rotation. Richard pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, to go with four walks.
The Rockies grabbed the lead in the 7th inning when pinch-hitter Todd Helton slammed a Dale Thayer pitch into the right field seats. Naturally, it was Helton’s first of the year and it gave the Rockies a lead that they would not relinquish.
The Padres actually put up a threat in the 9th inning, when Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Then for some reason, Bud Black has Jesus Guzman sacrifice the runners up into scoring position, when the Padres were down by two runs. Jedd Gyorko drove in the Padres only run with a sacrifice fly and the Padres lost their fifth straight contest, by a score of 2-1.
The Padres will travel to Los Angeles, with a pathetic record of 2-10.