Petco Park- San Diego, California
The San Diego offense just can’t seem to figure out Merrill Kelly. The Padres could only muster up three hits in a truly pathetic showing as they fell to their NL West rivals 9-0.
It was a truly ugly game for the Padres as they wasted a good start from Eric Lauer, who tossed five innings of two-run ball while striking out nine Diamondbacks. Both runs came in the second inning as, with the bases loaded, Carson Kelly lined a single to left field to score Christian Walker and Wilmer Flores.
The pitching Kelly, on the other hand, sliced through the Padres’ offense like a hot knife through butter. The right-hander continued to dominate the Padres, no-hitting the Friars through five innings until Luis Urias broke the no-no with a two-out single in the fifth. He earned the win after striking out nine Padres over seven innings.
Everything broke loose in the eighth inning. With Trey Wingenter on the mound, Adam Jones tried to round third base but appeared to be out of the baseline. Manny Machado, seeing as he was out of the baseline, didn’t apply a tag but Jones was ruled safe as he was able to scamper back to third base.
If the out was made at third base, the following onslaught of runs might not have occurred. After Wingenter walked a run home, he was pulled from the game for Nick Margevicius. Margevicius, however, immediately allowed a base-clearing double to Josh Rojas and allowed two walks before he too was pulled from the game.
By the time Gerardo Reyes allowed two more runs, the score was already 9-0 in favor of the Diamondbacks. San Diego flailed at a few more pitches from Arizona before finally succumbing to defeat with a Josh Naylor strikeout.
It was not a good day for the Padres at both the plate and the field. Eric Hosmer made more than one mistake on the field while the offense struck out 12 times while taking just three walks.
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