The day got off to a rough start for the San Diego Padres and their fans as star rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. was put on the 10-day Injured List with a stress reaction in his back. Many believe that this will end Tatis’ season prematurely.
With the Friars reeling from that news, they made several mistakes on Friday night against the red-hot Phillies, who were coming off of a sweep of the Chicago Cubs thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Bryce Harper.
Chris Paddack took the mound for the Padres, making his 21st start of the year.
He struck out the side in the top of the first but ran into his first bit of trouble in the second, when Cesar Hernandez singled home a run.
Realmuto doubled home another run in the fifth. Then Logan Morrison got in on the action with an RBI single as the Phillies led 5-0 after five innings, with Paddack done after 4 2/3 innings.
The Padres were able to scrap back into the game in the top of the sixth. After back-to-back singles and a run-scoring wild pitch, Francisco Mejia tripled in a run to cut the lead to 5-2. Mejia has been the Padres’ best hitter in August, with an OPS over 1.200. Wil Myers then grounded out, scoring Mejia to make it 5-3.
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In the bottom of the sixth, things got away from the Friars. Michel Baez came on in relief of Paddack. The Phillies got two base runners ahead of Harper, who slugged an opposite-field, three-run home run, extending Philadelphia’s lead to 8-3. Baez ran into further trouble, and Luis Perdomo came in to put out the fire before further damage ensued.
In the top of the eighth, Josh Naylor doubled when the ball got away from first baseman Logan Morrison. He got to third was able to score when Eric Hosmer grounded out to second, cutting the lead in half at 8-4.
The Padres were unable to muster the comeback as they went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning and handed the Phillies their fourth straight win. Travis Jankowski made his 2019 debut in a pinch-hit appearance but grounded out.
The Padres fall to 6-8 in August and continue to be in a rut, especially with the despairing news of their star shortstop. The Friars hope to even the series on Saturday at 4:05 PM PDT with Dinelson Lamet on the mound.