Petco Park- San Diego, California
The San Diego Padres are in the midst of a tough stretch, going back to last week’s series in Pittsburgh. In the last week, the Padres have had a tough time winning games for a myriad of reasons. San Diego’s offensive struggles are at the top of the list, with struggles from top to bottom.
Tuesday night was no different for the Friars as they were shut down by Milwaukee and their starter Corbin Burnes 6-0. Burnes came into the game with a 0.49 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his first three starts (18.1 innings pitched) in 2021.
“With Burnes in particular, it’s electric stuff. He’s as good as anyone we’ve seen this year,” said manager Jayce Tingler after the game.
Burnes continued his dominance of the early part of the season, shutting out the Padres for six innings and striking out 10. The Bakersfield product, 26, now owns a 0.37 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched.
The Padres lineup was missing their two mainstays, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. Both were given the day off, though Tatis would single in a pinch-hit appearance in the 7th inning. The team certainly missed the two stars in their struggling lineup.
Chris Paddack got the start for the Padres, going five innings in which he gave up five runs. The five runs were the product of a single bad inning for Paddack, overshadowing an otherwise great start. The young right-hander struck out seven in total, but the five-run third inning by the Brewers was the takeaway for Paddack and the Padres.
“Honestly, I thought he was really good,” Said Tingler about Paddack’s Tuesday night start. “It was just one inning that kind of steamrolled a little bit. There were a lot more positives to take from tonight.”
San Diego has now lost six of their last eight games, stretching back one week when their four-game winning streak was snapped in Pittsburgh. Within the Padres’ tough stretch, they have been shut out twice, including tonight, while also only scoring a single run in Monday night’s loss to Milwaukee.
The Padres have scored only six runs in their last four games, with five of those runs coming in their win Sunday afternoon series finale against the Dodgers.
The Padres will look to turn around their momentum Wednesday afternoon in the series finale against the Brewers. Dinelson Lamet will get his first start of the season for San Diego, with the hope of not only pitching well but energizing the team during this trying stretch.
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The timing for Lamet’s return is welcomed with a four-game series in Los Angeles following the series with Milwaukee.
Gametime for Wednesday’s affair will be 1:10 PM, with Lamet facing right-hander Adrian Houser for the Brewers.
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates