Jun 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Jake Goebbert (4) at bat during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres (58-65) were unable to obtain the series split on Sunday and fell to the Cardinals (66-57) 3 games to 1. The Cardinals got revenge from the beat-down the Padres gave them last month in San Diego. The Padres’ winning streak came to a screeching halt due to spotty starting pitching by the Padres, good pitching by the Cardinals and a few questionable calls by the umpire.
The offense did hit well for the most part. The team hit .241 in the 4-game series, with 12 extra base hits and 22 walks. It is very surprising to have the Padres lose a series in which they were 10-for-37 with runners in scoring position, a .270 average. The offensive player of the series is Jake Goebbert. Freshly called up from Triple-A thanks to yet another Yonder Alonso injury, Goebbert took full advantage. He had was 4-for-9 in the series with 2 triples and 5 RBI. Jedd Gyorko also had himself a nice series, driving in 6 runs and hitting a go-ahead grand slam, his average is now at .199.
It was the pitching this time that failed the Padres. Rare is the day the Padres average over 8 hits and 5 runs per game in a series and lose. It also does not help that the Cardinals threw John Lackey, Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright at the Friars.