2020 Simulated Season: Offense goes cold in loss to Marlins

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After dominating the Marlins in game one, the Padres were virtually shut down by Jordan Yamamoto.

With nearly 39,000 in attendance, Joey Lucchesi was looking for his fifth win of the year against Marlins’ starter Jordan Yamamoto. Instead, the Padres‘ lefty took the loss after going 4.2 innings and allowing five earned runs.

Lucchesi struck out six, but he gave up ten hits while his ERA increased to 5.23 on the virtual season. Hanley Ramirez singled off Lucchesi in the top of the first and later scored on a single off the bat of Miguel Rojas to give the Marlins a 1-0.

And they would never relinquish the lead, adding six more runs between the third and fifth innings. Josh Naylor hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot off Jose Urena in the eighth inning. However, it was too little, too late as the Padres could only muster three runs.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. continued his hot streak, adding two more hits to his total and increasing his batting average to .322 on the year. Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer also contributed two hits, but the Padres could do little as they left ten men on base and converted on just 2-of-9 with RISP.

The Padres received strong innings from both Michel Baez and Matt Strahm in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was just mop-up duty at that point.

Yamamoto was included as part of the Christian Yelich trade, and he provided a sample of the potential return. He notched his third virtual win of the year while striking out five in 5.1 innings while allowing just one walks and zero earned runs.

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These two teams will meet again on Saturday night as the Padres will need to win the next two to take the series.