San Diego Padres Lose to Marlins in Series Opener, 4-0
By Tim Ryder
The San Diego Padres lost the opener of their weekend series tonight, 4-0, against the last-place Miami Marlins.
Eric Hosmer laced a one-out double to left field in the first but Hosmer was doubled off of second on Hunter Renfroe‘s pop out to Cameron Maybin. That seemed to foreshadow how the rest of the evening would go for the San Diego Padres.
Eric Lauer worked around a Brian Anderson double and a bases-on-balls issued to Justin Bour to escape the first unscathed and struck out two Marlins to leave Yadiel Rivera on first in the second.
Manuel Margot doubled to lead off the third inning and was moved over by a Lauer sacrifice bunt, but neither Jose Pirela (strikeout) or Hosmer (line out) could bring him home.
Lauer allowed a one-out single to Anderson in the bottom half of the third but was able to maneuver his way out of trouble once again to keep the game scoreless.
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Things go south for the Friars
The Padres went down in order in the top of the fourth, and then the Marlins finally got to Eric Lauer.
After walking Bour to lead off the frame, Maybin doubled to put two runners in scoring position with none out.
Miguel Rojas struck out, but Lewis Brinson was able to bring Bour home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
After an intentional walk to Rivera, Marlins’ pitcher Caleb Smith singled to score Maybin and extend Miami’s lead to 2-0.
The Friars were set down in succession again in the fifth, and the Marlins were able to put another run on the board after Lauer issued a bases-loaded walk to Rivera, making it a 4-0 game.
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Travis Jankowski pinch-hit for Lauer to lead off the sixth, grounding out, but back-to-back singles from Pirela and Hosmer and a walk to Renfroe left the Padres with the bases juiced and one out.
Brad Zeigler came in to replace Smith and Cory Spangenberg grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
Robbie Erlin came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth and was able to get out of a jam after allowing base hits to Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson to start the inning courtesy of two groundouts and a strikeout.
A.J. Ellis stroked a two-out single to right but Margot struck out to end the seventh. Erlin pitched a perfect seventh, striking out Brinson and inducing two more ground ball outs, but the Padres still found themselves without a run on the board.
Pirela added his second hit of the game in the top of the eighth but was immediately erased on Hosmer’s groundout, then Rafael Lopez struck out to end the inning.
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The San Diego Padres were set down in order for the fourth time in the game in the ninth, unable to get anything going and dropping the first of a three-game set in Miami.