Offense stifled as Padres split series with Mets

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Petco Park- San Diego, California 

The San Diego Padres bats have gone cold and the trend continued again on Sunday afternoon in the last of a four-game set against the New York Mets.

Marcus Stroman took the mound for New York and dominated on Sunday at Petco Park.

Stroman tossed 6.2 innings and gave up just four hits with one unearned run while getting credit for the victory. He was terrific on the mound and the Padres really struggled. Stroman also helped his own cause with an RBi base hit of his own, adding more insult to an injury to a Padres team that had trouble scraping together any runs.

Manager Jayce Tingler ended up getting thrown out of the game for arguing with the umpires as the frustration boiled over. Here’s the play Tingler argued that got him tossed.

For the Padres, they threw Chris Paddack on the mound and he was met with some positive signs after a rough start to the season.

“He continues to throw the ball really well. He threw some really good changeups. His mix and arsenal is developing greatly,” Jayce Tingler said of Paddack’s performance on Sunday.

Despite being tagged with the loss, Paddack went six innings and gave up six hits and three runs while striking out six. Paddack left the game, and the Padres were right there before Craig Stammen came in and gave up a trio of runs, including a two-run shot by James McCann in the 8th inning to essentially close the door on the game and the series.

Ultimately, the Padres just couldn’t score runs once again, which is more than upsetting for a team with a talented offense.

“We’re not able to string enough quality at-bats together. We’ve got to find a way to get more runs. We’ve got too many good offensive players to not cross the dish enough,” Tingler said.

He’s certainly right. The Padres scored a combined eight runs over four games against the Mets and somehow found a way to split the series.

The bats are cold. The Padres entered at 19th in MLB in OPS, and– plain and simple– they need to be better and find a way to score runs if they want to reach their aspirations of a World Series. Digging a little deeper, the second run of the afternoon came via a Tommy Pham fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Truth be told, the Padres need something and quickly if they want to chase the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the tough National League West division.

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Next up for the Padres is a three-game series at Petco Park against the Chicago Cubs before a much-needed off day. After that, they will head to New York to face the Mets once again.

The Padres will have Ryan Weathers on the mound on Monday night and the Cubs will have Adbert Alzolay, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PST.

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