You certainly cannot blame San Diego Padres pitcher Tyson Ross for the Padres 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants Monday night. All he did was tie a career high with 11 strike-outs, take a no-hitter into the 5th inning, and allow three total hits in six innings of work. The same cannot be said however for an anemic Padres offense and a bullpen that couldn’t keep the deficit under control.
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Ross joins teammate James Shields with over 200 strike-outs on the season and in fact it is the first time ever that the Padres have had two pitchers with over 200 strikeouts in the same season. He struck out 9 of his 11 victims in the first four innings alone. He dominated most of the evening, with his only tarnish an RBI double to Trevor Brown whose hit doubled as the first RBI of the game and his first major league hit.
Cory Spangenberg connected for his 4th home run of the season, and Brett Wallace connected in pinch-hit duty as well, but that was the only offense the Padres could muster. They ended up with 6 total hits, 2 of them being the home runs and 2 more from Yangervis Solarte.
After Ross exited with the score 2-1, Kevin Quackenbush came in and allowed a home run to Angel Pagan – just his 3rd of the season – and couldn’t finish out the inning. Nick Vincent accomplished that task for him, and Shawn Kelley and Jon Edwards were able to finish out the evening with scoreless frames. It was good to see Kelley back out on the mound and he struck out the side in his inning of work.
Andrew Cashner takes his 6-15 record into tonight’s game at Petco Park against Jake Peavy, who is 7-6 with a 4.08 ERA. Peavy has had a strong second half for the Giants. Since coming off of the disabled list on July 3rd, he has pitched at least five innings in every start and more than halved his ERA from 9.39 to 4.08. Unfortunately for Cashner, his ERA against the Giants this season has been 7.59 so he is hoping to reverse his fortunes in one of his last starts of the season. Justin Upton hopes to even out that misfortune as he brings in his .529 average and 2 HR against Peavy into the equation as well.