The Padres lost another close game Sunday 1-0 in Los Angeles to head into the All Star Break on a losing note.
Both starting pitchers pitched outstanding. Hyun-jin Ryu pitched six strong innings, striking out 10, allowing no runs on two 2 hits. Tyson Ross challenged him with another great outing and good enough for a win on almost any other team except for the Padres. He completed seven innings of work, only allowing 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 on his own.
He unfortunately was saddled with the loss. Yasiel Puig, who struck out swinging his first two at-bats after being ejected yesterday for arguing balls and strikes, singled in the first run of the game for the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth to score Dee Gordon. That would prove to be the decisive run of the game.
In the seventh inning, the Padres got a rally going after Brandon League missed first base when covering on an attempted double play on a ball hit by Jake Goebbert. The Dodgers challenged and 3+ minutes later the original call was upheld. Then Cameron Maybin singled to put the tying run in scoring position for the Padres. Unfortunately pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad was unable to capitalize, lining out to left to end the inning. They also threatened in the 9th, getting runners to 1st and 3rd with only out. However, Goebbert and Seth Smith struck out to end the game.
It was a disappointing four game set against the Dodgers, as the Padres only managed the Friday night 6-3 victory.
The good news of the day is that it was announced that Huston Street will take the place of Tyson Ross for the NL All-Star Game. Street was considered a significant snub from the game, and Ross would’ve been unavailable to pitch after his effort on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if Huston Street is even a Padre by the end of the All-Star Break. Who else will be gone by the end of the month?
The Padres get a few days off before returning to play on Friday at home against the Mets.