LOB City; Padres Strand 11 In Loss To Rangers

The Padres had plenty of chances to win against one of baseball’s best, but could not get a clutch hit when they needed one. The Padres went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, in a disappointing 2-1 loss to Texas.

All of the scoring in this one took place in the first inning, when Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead. David Murphy drove in two with an RBI single off of Padres starter Jason Marquis.

June 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jason Marquis (38) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Marquis rebounded, and was brilliant. He pitched 7 innings, and struck out 10 batters. It was the first double-digit strikeout performance by a Padres all season. Marquis also had his 1,000 strikeout of his career, when he fanned Ian Kinsler in the second.

The Padres scored their only run in the 1st, when Chase Headley smacked a double to center, scoring Chris Denorfia. The Padres could not push across the tying run, as Everth Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.

San Diego had the bases loaded in the sixth, but missed an opportunity to tie the game, as pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso grounded out to end the inning.

The Padres had a pair of two-out hits in the ninth inning, and had the tying run in scoring position, but Headley grounded out to end the Padres threat.

Chase Headley went 3-5 in the loss, and Jesus Guzman went 0-4, and left 6 men on base. The Padres will send Edinson Volquez to the mound tomorrow to even the series.

Topics: Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, Edinson Volquez, Everth Cabrera, Jason Marquis, Jesus Guzman, Yonder Alonso

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