Petco Park- San Diego, California
For the San Diego Padres to take that next step in their development, they must compete and beat teams like the Boston Red Sox.
On Friday, the Padres had a chance to show their value on a semi-national stage, and they failed miserably in a 11-0 loss.
Chris Paddack took the mound for San Diego, and he was greeted by Mookie Betts who promptly doubled on the second pitch he saw. At the end of one inning, the Red Sox had a quick 3-0 lead thanks to a homer off the bat of J.D. Martinez. The first of two for the slugger in a big night for him at the plate.
Things wouldn’t get more manageable for the rookie pitcher as he allowed three more runs in the second inning, before being pulled from the game with one out in the third inning. Paddack’s ERA rose to 3.84 on the season after he allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. The big Texan is close to being shut down for the season due to an innings limitation. It will be interesting to see how many more times he is used by the Padres in 2019. After the game, manager Andy Green admited- “There wasn’t the typical life on his fastballs.”
Offensively, the Padres could learn a thing or two from Boston’ hitters who battle at the plate each time they dig into the dirt. They generally do not give up at-bats and when you do that- good things happen. San Diego got runners on base in three of the team’s first four innings, but double plays off the bats of Francisco Mejia, Wil Myers and Manny Machado ended the threat. Rally-killing efforts like this have been a problem all season long for the Padres.
The Red Sox dominated in virtually every facet of the game. The Padres just did not seem to have much energy only managing five hits in the game.
San Diego will look to regroup in game two of this three-game series in a 5:40 start.