Margevicius Returns to Rotation, Met by Stout Miami Offense in 9-3 Loss

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After the Padres tallied three home runs Friday night in their 5-2 victory over the Marlins, their bats cooled down Saturday against Miami’s starter Jose Ureña, resulting in a 9-3 loss. 

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The game showed early promise on the first day of June as Josh Naylor, who the Marlins traded to the Padres, crushed his first major league home run to right field and was greeted by wild enthusiasm in the Padres’ dugout. Unfortunately, it was after this that the wheels fell off.

Although Naylor’s home run got the Padres off to a quick lead, their bats were silent for the next three innings. Jose Ureña was dominant on the bump as the 27-year-old didn’t allow a hit for 11 straight Padres hitters. He ended the night with six innings pitched and struck out six batters.

Returning form Double-A Amarillo to make the start today was Nick Margevicius, who pitched only two innings for the Sod Poodles. The last time he was in the Majors, he got rocked by the Pittsburgh Pirates for six runs in four innings while surrendering four home runs.

Today’s outing didn’t fare much better. Margevicius pitched a short three-inning outing and allowed four earned runs. He started the game strong, making quick work of Miami by retiring the first five hitters of the ballgame. In the fourth, however, Margevicius gave up a leadoff double to Miami’s Harold Ramirez followed by a string of three singles, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead. He was relieved by Luis Perdomo, who came into the game with a first-and-third jam. Perdomo pitched well, only allowing one run to cross the plate. Miami scored five runs in the fourth, taking the momentum with them.

In the sixth inning, Miami extended their lead to 7-2 after catcher Bryan Holaday hit a line drive two-run home run into left off Adam Warren. In the bottom half of the inning, the Padres showed signs of life when they made the game 7-3 after Greg Garcia scored on an RBI single by Eric Hosmer, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Marlins’ added two more in the top of the eighth off of lefty pitcher Robbie Erlin, making the game 9-3. Their bullpen shut things down in the ninth, striking out Hosmer and forcing groundouts from Wil Myers and Naylor to end the game. The Marlins improved to 20-36 while the Padres dropped to 30-28 and into third place in the National League West, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, the latter of whom have won seven straight.

The Padres look to win the series rubber match tomorrow behind starting pitcher Matt Strahm, who’s 2-4 with a 3.21 ERA and is coming off a career-high ten strikeouts in his last start against the Yankees. The Marlins will deploy right-hander Trevor Richards, who is 2-4 with a 3.82 ERA and is yet to record a road win.

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Cade Bucknam
Cade is a 20-year-old from Oceanside, CA who is currently a sophomore studying journalism at Cal State University, Fullerton. He's a die-hard Padres fan and has been since his first game at Qualcomm Stadium. Cade also enjoys sports photography and california burritos in his free time.

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