After coming out of the All-Star break, posting one of the best records in all of baseball during the second half of the season, and scoring runs in bunches in over a dozen games, the San Diego Padres are finally reverting back to what they were during the first half of the season. An extremely solid start by Eric Stults was wasted yet again, and the Friars were shut out in the series opener against the last place Colorado Rockies in Denver Friday night, by the final of 3-0.
The Padres after the loss, hold a 9 1/2 game lead on the cellar dwellers, but you wouldn’t know it the way they’ve played over the past three games, losing all of them. Stults pitched well enough to win, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, and striking out 4. The damage was done when he gave up a pair of home runs, one to Nolan Arenado and the other to speedy Drew Stubs. Three other Padres’ relievers combined to toss the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Out of the three hits the Padres recorded during the game, Rymer Liriano had one, and Abraham Almonte had the other two, none of which were enough to push anything across the plate.
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For the second game of the series on Saturday, the Padres send Joe Wieland to the hill. It’s been over 2 1/2 years since he last toed a big league mound. He’ll take on the recently extended Jorge De La Rosa (13-10, 4.26 ERA) for the Rockies. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. PDT. Wieland is coming back after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and prior to that injury, he failed to record a single victory during the 2012 campaign.
Keep the Faith.