The San Diego Padres began a four-game road series against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
There was a lot to be excited about early on in Thursday night’s game. Wil Myers returned to the lineup, Manuel Margot couldn’t be stopped at the plate, and Tyson Ross was dealing. Unfortunately, the San Diego Padres fell to the San Francisco Giants by a score of 3-0.
The loss drops the Padres to a 34-43 record. They have now lost five-straight games, scoring a combined seven runs in those five games.
Pablo Sandoval scored the first run of the game, thanks to a Madison Bumgarner sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning. Buster Posey brought in and scored the other two runs for San Francisco on an RBI-single, later scoring on an error.
The biggest highlight of the night came from Jose Pirela. I already know you’re smart enough to realize it’s not a highlight that paints Pirela in a positive light. In the top of the fifth inning, Jose Pirela recorded a leadoff single. That was good.
Manuel Margot followed up, one batter later, with his second double of the night, a drive into the right-field corner. Padres third base coach, Glenn Hoffman, threw up the stop sign with Pirela halfway towards third base. Apparently, Pirela skipped the pre-game meeting where Andy Green went over signs, specifically the “hand in the air means stop” sign. Needless to say, he was thrown out at home plate, killing any potential rally.
An eighth-inning error by Pirela on a lazy fly ball had a few fans online calling for Cory Spangenberg to take over full-time second base duties. That’s where we have come with this roster.
Tyson Ross gets cheated out of a fantastic start.
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Earlier today, I gave my thoughts about the Manny Machado news. In the piece, I threw out the names Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman as pieces the Padres could target if they wanted to unload some lottery tickets facing potential Rule-5 availability. Tonight’s performance by Tyson Ross reminded me of a Kevin Gausman start.
Tyson Ross was Gausman’d, hard. That’s where you pitch a gem and then watch as your offense rips the joy out of your heart, inning by inning.
Ross tossed seven beautiful innings, giving up just one run on four hits. He struck out three while lowering his ERA to 3.34 on the year. The only support Ross received from his offense was four total hits. Singles by Pirela and Hunter Renfroe, and Margot’s two doubles were the only hits of the entire ballgame. Wil Myers ended the night 0-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.