PNC Park- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The San Diego Padres suffered a disheartening loss to the Pirates on Tuesday by the score of 8-4.
The game started well for the Padres, as Trent Grisham homered off Pirates’ starter Chad Kuhl to lead off the game. The Padres managed to tack on one more run and took a 2-0 lead into the home half of the first inning.
Blake Snell made mention of the fact that he desired to go later in games. He told the media this week that was his goal. The left-handed pitcher retired the first two batters on eight pitches but failed to record another out before departing the contest allowing three earned runs on three hits and two walks. Snell threw 38 pitched on the night and was visibly angry that he came out of the game.
Snell’s anger was likely directed at himself, as he failed to execute numerous times in the inning with two strikes on the batter. “He just couldn’t find it,” Tingler said after the game about Snell. The manager declared that he would be fresh next time he goes out there.
Did the Padres play it safe by removing Snell early?
The leftty was one pitch away from getting out of the inning with opposing pitcher Chad Kuhl at the plate. Tingler made the difficult call and stuck to his decision after the game. “It was tough, but he got up in the high 30’s (pitch count),” Tingler said with a sigh. The manager is looking at the big picture and did not want one of his best pitchers extending himself so early in the season.
San Diego made it out of the first inning as Craig Stammen came in for the final out. The Padres received a gritty performance from Nabil Crismatt, who came on in the second and threw five innings for the Friars. He allowed three earned runs and struck out five in the contest. Crismatt kept the Padres in the game, but the team could not deliver with runners in scoring position. The Padres went 1-for-13 in the game and that was ultimately the reason they would not prevail.
To make matters worse for the Padres, Wil Myers left the game with knee soreness. Myers was visibly grimacing in the outfield. “He came out with some inflammation in his right knee. As the game went on, it got worse. Right now, he is day to day,” Tingler said after the game. There is hope that he could return to the lineup in a few days.
Losing Myers would be a tough blow for the team, but early indications are that he should be fine with some rest.
Offensively, Jake Cronenworth continues his hot start as he went 2-for-5 in the game. Tommy Pham is the polar opposite at the plate. The right-handed hitter went 0-for-2 in the game with two walks and is now hitting .128 early in the season. The Padres will remain patient with the veteran outfielder.
The Padres look to regroup on Wednesday as Joe Musgrove makes his first start after his no-hitter. The former Pirate will look to right the ship for the Padres. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:35 pm.