Padres Lose Series in Atlanta
The Padres streak of five straight series wins came to an end this past weekend in Atlanta as the Padres lost three of four vs the Braves at SunTrust Park.
The series began on Thursday night with a 4-2 loss. The Padres out-hit the Braves eight to five but Atlanta made their hits count. Tyson Ross took the mound for the Padres and pitched alright going 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. The Padres trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning when Eric Hosmer doubled to scored two runs. However they gave the run right back off an error extending Atlanta’s lead to 4-2, a lead they would hold on to.
San Diego bounced back in the second game of the series defeating the Braves 9-3 on Friday. José Pirela hit his first home run of the year in the 1st inning giving the Padres a 2-0 lead early on. Atlanta tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd and look the lead in the bottom of the 5th. The Padres responded in the 7th with a five run inning, aided by a three run homer by Freddy Galvis. The Padres added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th, giving them a 9-3 victory. Clayton Richard got the win, pitching 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6.
The Padres were shut out on Saturday in a 1-0 loss. The only run of the game came on a solo home run in the bottom of the 5th. The Padres amassed just 4 hits and struck out 13 times.
The Padres lost the final game of the series, being shut out for the first 6 innings of the game in the 4-1 loss. They fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning and struggled to figure out Braves starter Julio Teheran. San Diego scored on a sac fly in the top of the 8th but gave two runs back in the bottom of the 8th resulting in the 4-1 loss.
The Padres record is now 34-40 and the team sits 6.5 games back of first place Arizona in the NL West.
The Padres have an off day on Monday before coming back to Petco Park for a two game series with the Oakland A’s. Eric Lauer (3-4, 6.20 ERA) will get the start on Tuesday opposite Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05 ERA) and Tyson Ross (5-4, 3.51 ERA) will take the mound on Wednesday afternoon vs. Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.67 ERA).