The Padres jumped out to an early 1-0 lead last night and it looked like their good fortunes from game one of the series may continue. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case. San Diego didn’t score another run and went on to lose the game 6-1.
The Padres first and only run came one a sacrifice fly double play to end the inning. Figure that one out. With Will Venable on third and Yonder Alonso on first, Jesus Guzman hit a deep fly ball to left. It was caught and Venable tagged and scored, but left fielder Mike Baxter was able to double Yonder Alonso off at first base. Venable scored before the out was recorded so the run counted.
Anthony Bass, who said he felt great before the start struggled. “Tonight I felt the best I’ve felt all year. Every mistake I made, they hit,” Bass said. “I felt on, especially after the first inning.”
Bass pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and three walks. He gave up all six runs, including a home run to Lucas Duda. Bass ERA rose to 3.55. The fact that his ERA is still respectable after the outing is a testament to how well he has been pitching prior to this game.
Dillon Gee, on the other hand, dominated the Padres batters. Gee pitched seven innings, allowed just four hits, and gave up only the first inning run. He struck out nine Padres hitters and walked three. San Diego simply couldn’t figure him out.
On the bright side, Will Venable continues to be hot at the plate. After a 1 for 2 game with two walks, he improved his slash line to .277/.354/.447. In his last seven games, he is hitting .320 with five extra-base hits.