May 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) watches a two-RBI double during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Stults was less than serviceable, the offense once again became anemic, and as a result, the San Diego Padres dropped the finale to the Chicago White Sox by a score of 4-1. It didn’t help matters much that Chicago’s ace, Chris Sale, was absolutely dealing on Sunday afternoon. He tossed a complete game victory for the South Sideers, with the only blemish on the day being a solo home run allowed to Chase Headley in the 5th inning. Sale struck out 9 and allowed only one additional hit the entire game.
It was more of the same ol, same ol for Stults. 6 innings of forgettable baseball, while allowing four earned runs, a pair of home runs–one to Paul Kornerko, the other to Tyler Flowers, and the Friars were never able to get anything going on getaway day in the Windy City. Stults also struck out six while allowing five hits to the White Sox.
Tommy Medica, getting the start in left field due to his hot hitting of late, had the only other hit for the Padres. Kornerko was the offensive hero for the White Sox, who finished the day 2-for-3, with 3 RBI.
The Padres get a much-needed day off to refocus and return home to play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series that opens Tuesday night at Petco Park. As of this writing, neither Bud Black nor Clint Hurdle had announced probable starters for the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PST.
Keep the Faith.