Padres lose pitchers duel as Giants take series


Credit: Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

The San Diego Padres couldn’t muster up the offense as the San Francisco Giants took the rubber match. 

That game wasn’t pretty.

Sean Manaea put out a valiant effort, but the offense stalled as Logan Webb shoved, allowing only one run in eight frames for the Giants.

A bloop two-run double to left field by Luke Williams in the second inning proved to be the death of the San Diego Padres.

After Jake Cronenworth tripled to bring home Manny Machado in the top of the first, Webb was able to silence the Friars’ bats from that point on. After the Padres won the first game and got blown out in the second game, San Diego lost a close one at Oracle Park, 2-1, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. 

The lack of offense is a major concern for the team. 

The Padres must amend this issue if they wish to compete in the N.L. West.

On Wednesday, the Padres had a chance to tie it when Giants’ closer Camilo Doval was brought into the game and looked a bit shaky.

The Crone Zone was able to get on base, but after a horrible display of plate discipline by Luke Voit, a three-pitch strikeout left SD gasping for air. A terrific at-bat and full-count walk by Eric Hosmer brought Jurickson Profar to the plate. After he got beaned in the leg by Doval, Profar looked furious. He clearly wanted an opportunity to hit, as he had reached on a double earlier in the game, but instead, it was bases loaded with Wil Myers slated to hit. Manager Bob Melvin elected to hit for Myers, who is in a slump to start the 2022 season.

Up stepped Matt Beaty, but he was unable to produce, striking out on a slider from the Giants’ closer. 

The Padres’ plate discipline needs to improve. No matter what the strike zone may have looked like, it is inexcusable to strike out, bases loaded, on the last out of the game, only down by one run. Myers already had a hit to his name in the game, but they instead looked to the bench. All to bring in a pinch-hitter who swung on a slider low and out of the zone to end the game. 

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The Padres are 4-3 and look to bounce back in the home opener as East County hero Joe Musgrove takes the mound against the world champion Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on Thursday.

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