Xander Bogaerts, Michael King respond to Padres fans' boos after Rockies sweep

It's getting tough to watch.
San Diego Padres pitcher Michael King
San Diego Padres pitcher Michael King / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages

It's one thing to lose. San Diego Padres fans are used to that. It's another thing to be utterly embarrassed. And that's exactly how the Friar faithful felt after another disastrous loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies ran over the Padres by a final score of 8-0 on Wednesday. They torched the Padres' pitching by racking up 12 hits. The Friars, on the other hand, were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, left seven men on base, and struck out nine times — including three Ks from Manny Machado, who had something to say about the team's performance the day prior.

Pads fans let the team have it on Wednesday and were actively booing their hometown club. Both starting pitcher Michael King and infielder Xander Bogaerts were well aware of the fans' discontentment, and they made no excuses.

Xander Bogaerts, Michael King respond to Padres fans' boos after Rockies sweep

King spoke to the San Diego Union Tribune after the game saying, "We’re fully deserving of it if we’re playing that poorly. I continue to think we have some smart fans here and they know when they are watching bad baseball. So we have to figure that out."

Bogaerts echoed King's sentiments. "We all want to play well," the Padres' second baseman said. "We all want to contribute. Play better. You don’t like the boos, play better. That’s all I can say."

Credit to both King and Bogaerts for taking the criticism from the fanbase. While it's easy to sit back and tout a winning record against the Los Angeles Dodgers so far this season, that matters very little if you're going to turn around not even a week later and lay an egg against a ball club like the last-place Rockies.

The Padres will look to right the ship with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves up next. From there, the Padres travel to Cincinnati to face the struggling Reds before returning home to play the New York Yankees. By the time the Friars return to Petco Park next weekend, Pads fans are hopeful to have something to cheer for.

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