San Diego Padres: Final Thoughts After Dodgers Sweep Friars

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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Los Angeles Dodgers players high-five after a win over the San Diego Padres 13-4 in a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Los Angeles Dodgers players high-five after a win over the San Diego Padres 13-4 in a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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The San Diego Padres got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into their first off-day since April 1. Here are some final thoughts on the lost (and hopefully, soon forgotten) series.

After a slow start, the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have awakened. The San Diego Padres, flying high after taking three games in a four-game series from the San Francisco Giants, looked flat and played mostly uninspired baseball over their last three.

The Friars were outscored by the Dodgers, 30-10 and their starting pitchers, for the most part, got beat up.

Robbie Erlin (three innings, six earned runs), Bryan Mitchell (six innings, three earned runs, the best performance of the three), and Luis Perdomo (three innings, nine earned runs on ten hits and two walks) didn’t show manager Andy Green a whole lot.

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There were a couple (seriously, just a couple) of bright spots from the pitching staff, though.

The Padres’ bullpen (still fourth-best in the NL) allowed twelve earned runs over 18 innings pitched in this series, but most of that damage was done in brief spots.

Kazuhisa Makita gave up four earned runs in an inning on Monday and Tyler Webb allowed three runs in a third of an inning on Tuesday.

Adam Cimber and Craig Stammen (Stammen finally cracked, shucks) combined for four earned runs in two innings of work last night.

While these aren’t the types of performances that the Padres have consistently seen from their relievers up to this point, a few tough outings here and there are simply part of the game. Hopefully, they’ll take these last three games with a grain of salt and simply move on.

The Friars were overwhelmingly underwhelming at the plate versus LA. In 117 at-bats during the series, the Pads managed just ten runs on nineteen hits, striking out 45 times and taking just eleven bases-on-balls.

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The Friars left a combined 21 men on base over their last three losses. This is simply unacceptable. Granted, some of the bats that were hot to start the season have gone cold. That’s no excuse for this type of play, though. Next man up…

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