Aug 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) reacts during the sixth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
For the 5th time this season, the Padres (68-80) dropped a series to the Diamondbacks (61-88). The Padres have had trouble all year with the Diamondbacks, dropping to 7-12 on the 2014 season against Arizona. Offense was not the problem this time. It was the pitching. A few uncharacteristic outings from pitchers doomed San Diego in the desert.
The Padres hit .290 in the series and racked up 31 hits, 8 of them extra base hits. The offensive player of the series is Yangervis Solarte. He had 2 hits in each of the three games including a home run and 4 runs scored. Rene Rivera also had a strong case, also hitting in each game of the series and hitting a home run and also with 4 runs scored. As it is plain to see, the offense was not the problem in this series. The starting pitchers combined for 9 earned runs and the bullpen allowed 6 runs.