Padres rookie Cesar Vargas has quickly gone from a quick insurance option into an important part of the Padres 2016 campaign, especially following the news earlier this week that Robbie Erlin would be lost for the season to Tommy John Surgery. He fulfilled his responsibility Wednesday afternoon, throwing six innings and only allowing one run, yet that run was all the Rockies needed to steal one from the Padres 2-0.
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The Rockies Tyler Chatwood continued his road dominance, throwing 8 scoreless innings and extending his road scoreless streak to 23 2/3 innings. His road ERA is now down to 0.33 on the season. I suppose that is the great paradox of the Rockies: as good as it is for your hitters it is just as bad for your pitchers. For the season his ERA stands at a very respectable 2.15 after missing all of 2015.
For Vargas, the signs are still positive as he begins his Padres career despite only 4 appearances above AA prior to getting the call. With his third start pitching at least six innings and allowing one run or less, he joins Odrisamer Despaigne as only the second Padres pitcher to start his career in that fashion. He is yet to pick up a win despite pitching to an ERA so far of 1.10.
The Padres were shut out for the eighth time on the season, and just couldn’t punch things through on a sunny afternoon in San Diego. The Padres mustered just 3 hits from Matt Kemp, Brett Wallace (at 3rd again), and Melvin Upton Jr. Chatwood was in complete command, only walking 1 and just not giving the Padres a chance to get any sort of rally going.
in a row against two division teams. We don’t want to get shut out. Nobody wants to get shut out. You want to come out here and put runs on the board. You want to win baseball games. We didn’t do that today. But we won two out of three this series, we won two out of three last series.”
The Padres now face the New York Mets for a four game set before heading out on a mid-west road trip.