Ryan Weathers hit hard as Padres lose to Marlins 7-0
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.
Ha Seong so smoooottthhh🤩#HungryForMore pic.twitter.com/U0HTwCTbUx
— Bally Sports San Diego (@BallySportsSD) August 11, 2021
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.
Matthew Wadleigh, born in Oceanside and currently lives in Fresno. He lives with his wife and 2 dogs and is a sports enthusiast. Retired drummer and member of the Fresno State Marching Band. He has been a Padres fan since childhood and has suffered during the struggles just like everybody else.
Evidently the author of this piece disagrees with my response. Evidenced by him contacting me via my email. He believes AJ has made us relevant again. I don’t disagree.
AJ failed at the trade deadline to keep us relevant. I believe we may very well fall short of a playoff spot because of our pitching woes. AJ cannot prevent injury. But, he could have done more to ensure another reliable starting pitcher for the stretch run.
The Dodgers lost arguably their top two pitchers to suspension and injury. They’ll get Clayton back before the playoffs but… they replaced their number one and number two. We didn’t replace our number four and five. BIG difference. AJ FAILED.
Just because you write an article Mathew doesn’t make you correct in your assessments. Simply because I respond does not make me correct with mine. In the future, I’d recommend you put your follow up comments into the comment section so readers can evaluate differing opinions.
My apologies for that, I meant to reply to this thread.
But, I believe AJ has made some huge moves to make the Padres even a playoff contender– something that was missing for decades in San Diego. Has he missed on some trades? Yes. But all GMs miss on trades.
Regardless, the Padres have had one of the better years of recent memories despite all this. This is a marathon, not a sprint, IMO.
Something is up with Weathers. He is just not effective. Does he need a stint on the IL? Will rest help? Is there something we don’t know or that he’s not sharing with coaches? Something is up and it needs to be addressed. If we’re going to march him out there every five days… we might as well save our bullpen and just forfeit the game.
Preller has failed this team, the city of San Diego, and it’s fan base.
No team can expect to win with three healthy starters. Three wins out of five starts equals a .600 winning percentage and a chance at the playoffs. Heaven forbid any of the three has a bad outing(s) and we sit at .500 and not in playoff contention.
AJ failed and I don’t see the Padres getting into the playoffs this year. We just don’t have enough pitching. We were unprepared to handle injuries and AJ did not do what he needed to to ensure this seasons bleeding stopped. AJ has overpaid so often in trades that he’s been highly criticized. Yet, not he falls short in offering enough to get what we need. AJ FAILED!