Padres’ offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Pirates

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PNC Park- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The loss of Fernando Tatis Jr. did not have an immediate effect on the San Diego Padres but, you could say they are feeling it now.

A noticeably less energetic Padres team lost their last two games in Pittsburgh against a team they should handle.

The Pirates managed to scrape together two straight wins as the Padres are beginning to show some deficiencies. Untimely hitting and costly mistakes prevent a major league team from accomplishing their goals. Right now, the Padres team is struggling to do the little things.  “We are definitely struggling offensively to score runs,” manager Jayce Tingler said.

Struggles are a part of the game, and this two-game stint is nothing to be overly concerned about. Fernando Tatis Jr. resumed baseball activities this week and should be able to rejoin the team this weekend as the Padres play their division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. “When you struggle, it puts a lot of pressure on all aspects of the game,” Tingler said after the game on Wednesday.

The Padres may be pressing slightly, and they will need to adjust. When you are a highly touted team like the Padres presently are, other teams rally to play against you.

As for Wednesday’s contest, the Padres sent Joe Musgrove to the mound for the first start after his no-hitter last week in Texas. Musgrove went four innings, allowing one run on four hits allowed. He threw 81 pitches in the contest and was charged with the loss as he received no run support. Musgrove did not have his best stuff but battled the whole game.

The Padres only totaled six hits on the game and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Only Tommy Pham managed a timely hit on Wednesday as he singled in Manny Machado in the top of the 6th inning. The two hottest hitting Padres were not able to come through as Jake Cronenworth, and Trent Grisham went 0-for-8 combined.

It was a tough loss for the Padres.

They look to rebound and salvage a split with Chris Paddack on the mound.

Forst pitch is scheduled for 9:35 am, and it is Jackie Robinson Day.

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4 thoughts on “Padres’ offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Pirates

  1. This not a struggle. They’re just not that good. Their lackadaisical attitude is killing them. It’s a small sample, but Tingler does not know what he is doing. The dodgers would be padding their stats on the way to a crushing sweep of the Pirates. The Padres? They are about to lose 3 out of 4 to a really bad team, and this could have easily been a sweep by Pittsburgh. How embarrassing. Give Tingler another 30 games, and then can him. The Padres have played all bad teams so far, what’s going to happen when they play quality teams? FTJ would not have made a 4 run difference against this team that was projected to lose 120 games.

        1. They are at .500, ravished by injuries and it’s April… I think it’s a little early… but certainly understand the concerns

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