July 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Kip Wells (60) throws during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Padres Offense Happless In Loss To Houston

The Padres returned home after a series win in Los Angeles to take on the Houston Astros, a team they are currently battling for the worst record in the National League. The Astros arrived in San Diego, having lost their last 13 games on the road. However, the Astros beat the Padres 2-0, on a pair of sacrifice flies by Scott Moore. The Astros also got 6.1 innings of shutout ball from J.A. Happ.

The Padres offense was punchless in this affair, as they could only muster six hits for the entire game. San Diego went 0-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight men on base.

 

Kip Wells got the start for the Padres, but struggled with his command. Wells made his first start as a Padre in Houston on June 26, when he took the loss. Wells took the loss in this game as well, as he was unable to get out of the fifth inning. For the game, Wells gave up two earned runs in 4.1 innings, allowing five walks.

One of the largest storylines of the evening, was the absence of Carlos Quentin. Quentin was held out of the lineup with a sore knee, but it did spark trade rumors on the Internet. Quentin is expected to sit out Tuesday, although the injury is not serious.

The Padres had their best scoring chance in the seventh, when Jesus Guzman doubled with one out. After a pair of walks to Logan Forsythe and Cameron Maybin, the Padres had the bases loaded with just one out. The Padres could not get a key hit, as Everth Cabrera struck out, and Yonder Alonso popped up in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Astros closer Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

Tags: Cameron Maybin Carlos Quentin Everth Cabrera Kip Wells Yonder Alonso

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