Padres News: Padres Finish April With A Loss


Less than a week ago, if you would have told me the San Diego Padres were going to finish April with a losing record, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. That could only have happen if the Padres suffered an utter collapse the last week of the month…well, that’s exactly what happened.

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Look, I know it’s only the first month of the season. I know we’re just 11-12 and very much alive in the NL West. I know our offense is still kicking butt and can rally at any moment, but that’s all for naught if our pitching can’t keep the ball in the ball park.

The Padres started hot this April, but after being swept by the Houston Astros today, they have now lost six of their last seven games.

I know it was inevitable that the Padres would be swept by someone at some point this season, but the Astros? I don’t care what their record is, that’s unacceptable. This new Padres team is not supposed to get out scored in a series with the Astros, 30-9.

Buddy Black and the Padres pitching staff better fix this quick because it if continues, we’ll be looking at another fire sale before the trade deadline and Black will be out of a job.

It was a beautiful day for baseball and the Friars looked especially sharp in their brown and orange throwbacks. Those were probably the only two good things about today.

Andrew Cashner started on the mound for the Padres and struck out 10 Astros, including the first six batters he faced. Unfortunately, he gave up three runs (2 ER), including a two run home-run in the fourth.

The Padres pitching was able to keep the Astros close with just three runs until a disastrous ninth inning by Craig Kimbrel, which saw multiple wild pitches and allowed two hits and three runs. Eventually Kimbrel had to be relieved by Brandon Maurer. What is it about putting closers in non-save situations? Seems like they always under perform.

Offensively, the Padres bats failed to make much noise. Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel retired 23 of his last 24 Padres batters he faced. The one Padre who did get a hit in those 24? Andrew Cashner.

Mercifully, the Padres have the day off tomorrow for some much needed rest before hosting the Colorado Rockies.

We’re one month into the 2015 season with a long way to go. The excitement and energy the Padres were producing at the beginning of the month is starting to turn into worry and uncertainty.

I’m praying the Padres can find their mojo again and get back on track.

What are your guys’ thoughts on the Padres season so far as we close out April?

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