Miller Park- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A problematic 2019 MLB season is coming to an end for the San Diego Padres.
There were high expectations for the team, but the youth on the team has been crippling.
Many of their young pitchers are in uncharted territory as far as total innings pitched for the season. Joey Lucchesi was over the 150 innings pitched mark for the first time in his career heading into Thursday’s start against the Brewers. The lefty only managed to go four innings in the contest as he allowed three earned runs on six hits. His ERA is up to 4.28 on the season now. Lucchesi did strike out seven in the game and has 152 on the season. But he is running out of gas. “It wasn’t his sharpest outing of the year,” Andy Green said after the game.
In the 6th, the Padres threw the ball around the field in what was reminiscent of a little league team. A throw on a base hit to left was too high at home from Luis Urias to get the runner, so Austin Hedges came off the plate to cut the ball and subsequently threw the baseball down the left-field line allowing a run to score. Andy Green was frustrated with this chain of events. A good throw at home would have probably nailed the first runner.
The Padres continue to strike out at an alarming rate which is a big concern. After striking out 36 times in the first three games of the series, the Padres went down 16 times on Thursday in the series finale. Striking out 52 times in a four-game series is not going to result in many wins. “Way too many punchouts to win a ball game,” Green told the media.
Michel Baez had a nice day on the mound as the rookie threw a perfect inning lowering his ERA to 2.70 on the season. Baez has now struck out 22 batters in 23.1 innings pitched. Gerardo Reyes and Javy Guerra also had a successful night. Both pitchers had been roughed up in 2019, so the flawless inning from both is quite encouraging.
San Diego made noise in the 9th inning as Josh Naylor walked and Luis Urias singled bringing in Brewers’ closer Josh Hader with the tying run in the on-deck circle with nobody out. Hader was 33 out of 38 in save opportunities coming into the game. Manuel Margot battled but struck out on a high fastball. Luis Torrens stepped up and promptly hit a hard ground ball at the third baseman resulting in a game-ending double play. Brewers win 5-1.
The Padres travel home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series which starts on Friday. This is the final homestand of the season and your last chance to see the 2019 San Diego Padres in action.