Aug 20, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) throws in the 2nd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Friday’s shutout loss was perhaps one of the worst offensive showings of the year for San Diego. They only got three runners in scoring position and stranded all three. They only mustered 3 hits total and only drew one walk, while striking out 6 times. The team hit .100 in the game.
Drew Stubbs started the game off with a bang for Colorado by hitting his 14th home run of the year over the right field wall. In the middle innings, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI single and home run respectively. The score would remain that way the remainder of the game. Tyler Matzek was stifling. He finished the complete game shutout to make it a three-hitter. The shutout was the first of his career. Eric Stults was tagged with his major-league leading 16th loss of the season by allowing all 3 runs in 6.1 innings and scattering 8 hits. He has been at the wrong end of many scores like this as the Padres have failed to score while Stults pitches in 8 of his 28 starts. The shutout was the first time the Padres had been blanked at Coors Field since April 2010.