Padres drop below .500 with 6-5 loss to Giants

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The San Diego Padres looked to start the road trip off right after a dropping a series to the Washington Nationals at home. Unfortunately, the six-game road trip began with a whimper as the Padres dropped below .500 with a 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The game started with a bang as Fernando Tatis Jr. sent Tyler Beede’s first pitch screaming to center field for a solo home run, good for both a lead and Tatis’ first leadoff home run of his career. After allowing two more singles to Josh Naylor and Eric Hosmer, Beede settled down to get out of the inning.

Looking to rebound was Chris Paddack, but the Giants didn’t make it easy on him, forcing The Sherriff into deep counts by fouling off multiple pitches and waiting for an elevated pitch to hack at. The Padres’ defense had Paddack’s back, turning a double play in the first to get him out of an early jam.

Paddack could only play with fire for so long and, in the fourth inning, he got burned. Pablo Sandoval led the inning off with a single and advanced to third on a Stephen Vogt single. Vogt, however, was erased at second base after making the mistake of testing the right arm of Hunter Renfroe, whose perfectly placed touchdown pass to Tatis took care of Vogt. Paddack got the second out of the inning but, on a 3-2 count, Tyler Austin laced a single to tie the game. Steven Duggar brought him home after pulling an elevated changeup to right field for a two-run homer.

After scoring a run in the first, San Diego was struggling against Beede who, before today’s game, had an 8.15 ERA. He was looking like an All-Star after four innings, having retired 11 straight batters in a row with seven Friar hitters going down by way of the K. The cruise control for Beede finally came to a halt in the fifth inning.

First, Wil Myers took his second walk of the game and swiped second base, his ninth pilfered bag of the year. Paddack moved him to third base on his first major league base hit, a ground ball that shortstop Brandon Crawford was forced to put in his pocket. Up next was Tatis, who drove home “The Rooster” with a base hit up the middle that a diving Joe Panik stopped, but couldn’t flip to Crawford to get an out. Manny Machado worked a 13-pitch walk to load the bases and then the wackiness began on the field.

Facing an 0-2 count against a fresh Trevor Gott, Hosmer hit a ball that went off the back of Gott and down the third base line. Gott, with no glove, fielded the ball and threw wildly to first base. Paddack, who was at third base, scored easily but with the wild throw, Tatis was able to score from second base to take the lead.

The lead didn’t last very long, unfortunately. Three runs came around to score against Trey Wingenter to make the game 6-4 and, despite Ian Kinsler’s solo home run to left field, it was not enough to pull the Padres back as they went on to lose their third straight game.

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  1. I know there is something positive for players to know their own respective roles for the team they play for, but when a player performs badly at that role and the manager continue’s to place him there anyway, then you must start to wonder why. This is where I am at right now. When Andy Green has a bullpen day or when he goes to his bullpen early when our starters leave early he uses Perdomo, Erlin, Warren, Wistler, Wingenter and then Stammen. He goes with the percentages for righties against righties and so forth. Even when one of these guys is doing well, they still get pulled after an inning or so. I say, if the pitcher is doing well, leave him in. When he uses four or five relievers in one game, more often than not one of those guys is going to have a bad outing. Last night was the perfect example. Our reliever was doing well but Green had to bring in Wingenter because that’s his role and he was terrible. Same with Stammen the game before. Throw away the unwritten rule book and play by the seat of your pants Andy. We have lost 6 or 7 games this year because of this. Go with your gut and when a guy is doing well, stay with him and let him acquire some confidence.

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