The first two games against the Miami Marlins went just the way the San Diego Padres had hoped. They won the first two and headed into Wednesday afternoon looking to bring out the brooms on a gorgeous day at Petco Park.
Unfortunately, the brooms had to stay in the closet, and the Marlins shut out the Padres 7-0 to finish the series.
Ryan Weathers got the nod for the Padres, and they desperately needed some big innings from the young lefty. However, Weathers got hit hard early on. He gave up runs in each of the first three innings, including a three-spot in the top of the first as Lewis Brinson hit a two-run shot and Isan Diaz drove home, Miguel Rojas.
Brinson added another homer in the third inning for good measure, and Weathers day ended before he could escape the fifth inning.
Weathers ended up going 4.2 innings while allowing six runs on seven hits but did have seven punchouts. Things just didn’t go his way on the afternoon at Petco Park.
“As rough as it was to start…for him to go and get into the fifth inning for us, I thought that was big,” Jayce Tingler said after the game.
On the Marlins side of things, Sandy Alcantara was phenomenal. He threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and walking a pair as the Padres bats cooled down drastically. Alcantara’s pitches were on all game long, and the Padres just couldn’t get anything going.
Reiss Knehr came into relieve Weathers and was brilliant, tossing 2.1 innings of shutout baseball. Knehr walked three batters but gave up just one hit before Daniel Hudson–who was activated earlier in the day–came in.
The newcomer and Padres trade deadline acquisition didn’t have the San Diego debut he was hoping for. He gave up a pair of hits before walking Deven Marrero to load the bases with no outs and gave up a bases-loaded walk. After that, Hudson’s Padres debut was over, and Miguel Diaz came in and escaped the jam on four pitches, including an inning-ending double play.
On a more positive note, Ha-Seong Kim made a dazzling play at shortstop and continues to bring excitement to the fans daily.
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Besides that, it was a day to forget for the home team. The Padres continue to lose ground in the NL West standings but are still comfortably ahead of the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card spot.
Despite Weathers’ struggles, Tingler has faith that the young southpaw can turn it around just in time for a late-season playoff push.
“I think there are some minor adjustments we can get to in the next couple bullpens and we’ll go from there.”
The Padres will head to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks in a four-game set and a huge opportunity to add some victories in the win column. The first game is Thursday night at 6:40 PST.