Padres News: Padres Lose Again to Push Losing Streak to 6

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The Padres were unable to avoid a sweep by the Philadelphia Phillies in San Diego over the weekend, falling 5-3 Sunday.

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Andrew Cashner did pitch well in this one, allowing just 3 runs in 6 1/3 innings but the offense was unable to bail him out. Justin Upton hit a mammoth home run to the second deck in left field, but Kevin Quackenbush allowed 2 runs in the 7th to put the Phillies ahead for good. They did manage a late rally but they were unable to finish the job.

On the Phillies side veteran Jerome Williams improved to 5-8 by holding the Padres to just 1 run over 7 innings and 5 hits. The bullpen didn’t quite do a “stellar” job with each reliever allowing 2 hits and a run but Ken Giles earned his sixth save after supplanting Jonathan Papelbon as the closer when he was traded to Washington at the trading deadline.

Offensively Will Venable had a good day at the plate, going 3-4 with a RBI and a stolen base. Yangervis Solarte also continued his RBI parade with an 8th inning single. While every Padres starter except for catcher Derek Norris and 1B Yonder Alonso had hits including Cashner, no other Padre had multiple hits in the contest.

Andrew Cashner has fallen to 4-12 now on the season with an ERA of 4.09. While he has managed to stay off of the disabled list this season, he has not been able to translate that into success in between the lines. Sure, early on he was bit for a lot of unearned runs – but the really good ones can work around the errors and find a way to win the games. Also, I can give him a couple losses for unearned runs, but twelve?

The Padres continue their homestand with three against the Cincinattie Reds before a day off Thursday and then a weekend trip to Colorado. There they will attempt to stay out of last place.

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