If it wasn’t bad enough that the San Diego Padres got swept this weekend in Denver, they were also shut out twice. The bats have gone cold once again, just as they were throughout the first half of the season, and Sunday, the Padres’ ace couldn’t even save his team from being swept. Tyson Ross allowed a three-run home run to Jackson Williams, and only last 5 2/3 innings, snapping his streak of consecutive quality starts, and the Padres went down in the series finale 6-0.
Franklin Morales, starting for the Rockies, was lights-out, tossing six scoreless frames, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 6 Padres’ hitters. Jedd Gyorko was the only San Diego hitter that recorded more than one hit, going 2-for-3 on the day. For the Padres, Robbie Erlin returned to the Padres roster, and allowed three earned runs of his own, all but ending any type of comeback attempt by the Friars.
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The Padres left just one more man on base Sunday (11), than they did strike out as a team (10). The Rockies’ bullpen finished off San Diego, by hurling three scoreless innings, and allowing only 2 more hits. Alexi Amarista continued to man shortstop for the Padres, as Everth Cabrera is now facing some legal trouble due to his recent DUI arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana. The Padres have now lost five in a row, including this weekend’s sweep, and they continue their string of 20 games in 21 days to complete their putrid 2014 season.
The team will now head to Los Angeles to begin a three-game set with the first place Dodgers on Monday night. The Friars will send rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.06 ERA) to the mound to take on the almost guaranteed winner of the NL Cy Young and man who is getting some MVP buzz as well, Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 1.70 ERA). Unfortunately for Despaigne, he is a completely different pitcher away from Petco Park (1-4, 4.45 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
Keep the Faith. At least for three more weeks!