Chase Field- Phoenix, Arizona
In the second to the last game of the 2019 season, the San Diego Padres lost 6-5 as the bullpen faltered once again.
Garrett Richards started the game for San Diego and went 3 1/3 innings, only allowing a solo homer off the bat of Christian Walker in the 2nd inning. He walked four in the contest and struck out four batters in his 58-pitch effort. The veteran pitcher was clocked in the mid-’90s continually (topping out at 98 mph) and looked very healthy to end his season. He seems poised to have a very productive year for the Padres in 2020. “He is getting better,” Rod Barajas said after the game about Richards. “A few too many walks but he is getting that feel back,” the manager said.
Robbie Erlin relieved Richards and was affective going 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Matt Strahm was next, and he threw a shutout inning for the Padres. Strahm has a 1.65 ERA in his last 15 games pitching out of the bullpen.
The Friars held the lead late in the game, but a five-run inning off of David Bednar sealed the Padres loss. The rookie right-hander only managed to get two outs in the inning as he allowed three hits and two walks. A grand slam off the bat of Christian Walker put Arizona up for good. His second homer of the day and 29th on the season. Bednar now has a 6.55 ERA in 13 games since his promotion from Double-A Amarillo. “We trust him,” Barajas said of the rookie pitcher. “He needs to attack hitters.”
Offensively, the Padres managed nine hits in the game. Manny Machado, Luis Urias, and Eric Hosmer all homered in the loss. Machado went 1-for-3 on the day and has a .793 OPS currently. Hosmer went 1-for-4 in the loss and has a .740 OPS. Urias was the hitting hero as he went 3-for-4 and now has his batting average up to .226 on the season. “There have been mechanical changes that he has made, and he stuck to it. We love where he is at right now,” Barajas said about Urias. Ty France also recorded two hits in the game including his 8th double of the season. There is a lot to like about the youth on this team.
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The last game of the series and the final match of the 2019 season is on Sunday. Michel Baez will start the game for San Diego and be opposed by Tajuan Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks.