Padres Humbled by Halos
After taking two of three vs the wild card leading Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, the Padres stumbled at home and were swept by the Los Angeles Angels in Interleague play at Petco Park.
The Padres were haunted by a former Padre in game one of the series on Monday night. Justin Upton robbed Eric Hosmer’s go-ahead home run in the 8th inning and proceed to blast a two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 6-3 win. Jose Briceno opened up the scoring in the 3rd with a solo homer to give the Angels a 1-0 lead and they added another run on a wild pitch later in the inning. Freddy Galvis cut the score in half with a solo home run in the bottom half of in the inning.
Hosmer tied the game with sac fly (on the ball that was robbed by Upton) and the game went to extras tied at 2. However in the top of the 10th, the Angels scored 4 runs on an RBI double, a sacrifice bunt and a two-run home run to take a 6-2 lead. Hosmer homered in the bottom of the 10th to cut the deficit to 6-3 but it wasn’t enough as the Padres fell on Monday night.
Things did not get any better for San Diego on Tuesday as Upton homered for the second straight game. Padres starter Brett Kennedy struggled going 5 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 hits. With the Padres trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th, Freddy Galvis hit his 10th home run of the year to put San Diego on the board but the Angels respond right back with two runs in the top of the 5th.
The Padres cut the lead to 5-3 in the but the Angels added runs in the 7th and 9th inning to take a 7-3 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
The Padres were once again punished by a former Padre in the final game of the series as catcher Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 9th inning to give the Angels a 3-2 win. The Padres offense was held to just 4 hits by Angels pitching. Cory Spangenberg tied the game at 2 with a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th but Kirby Yates surrender the lead in the 9th inning on the Rivera home run.
The Padres record now stands at 48-75. They will host the first place Arizona Diamondbacks in a four game series at Petco Park starting on Thursday night.