Richard Loses No Hitter, Padres Win.

Hosmer Homers and Richard Flirts With No hitter in Padres 3-1 Win.

June 10, 2018 - 4:05 pm

By: Braden Surprenant

The San Diego Padres have played 7,881 games since they started playing Major League baseball back in 1969. Over that time period they have been unable to throw a perfect game or a no-hitter. Looking to be the first Padre ever to throw a no-no, Clayton Richard gave it a great effort on Sunday.

Richard is just the latest Padre to come close and just fall a little short at, what seems to most Padres fans, an impossible task. He is the third Padre this season to take a no-hitter or a perfect game deep into a ballgame just this year.

Jordan Lyles was perfect through 7 1/3 innings against Colorado in May, until Rockies short stop Trevor Story singled. Before that back in April, Tyson Ross had a no hitter late into a game, then Arizona's Christian Walker came off the bench and ripped a double, although if played properly by Franchy Cordero could have in fact ended in an out.

When asked about the no-hit bid today, Clayton Richard had this to say, "You look at ifs, what’s, and maybes, it's not worth it...It's part of the game."

Richard was then asked about the fact that the Padres are the only team left in the majors to not throw one, "I'm aware of it, I dream about it. It's one of those things that you want to be a part of and if you're the one that does it, it's even better."

Clayton Richard would be a great candidate to throw the Padres first no-hitter, at least the most deserving active Padre. Richard is 24.1 innings pitched away from pitching 1000 innings for the San Diego Padres, as he has spent eight years of his career with the club. That would put him ninth all time in innings pitched in Padre history, and the second lefty to do it besides Cy Young award winner Randy Jones.

Besides that, main story line the Padres put another solid game together. Freddy Galvis got the Padres on the board first with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Hunter Renfroe in the second inning. Eric Hosmer, in a homecoming game in front of many family and friends, would add to the lead with a two-run home run to left center that was ultimately the deciding blow for the Padres today.

Brad Hand was perfect in the ninth inning to preserve his 19th save of the year as well as a Padres 3-1 victory. Today's victory marks the 100th win for the San Diego Padres over the Miami Marlins (100-91) all time. It is also the first time the Padres have won a yearly series against Miami since 2015. That is now the fourth straight series win for San Diego, the most consecutive series wins since 2015.

The Padres (31-36) now sit 5.5 games out of first place in the National League West and 7 games out of the wildcard. That is considerably better than their 10-20 start that seems like a distant memory. Another distant memory? last season at this time (June 10, 2017) where the Padres were (24-39) and a whopping 16.5 games out of first place. So what is next for the Padres?

First off keep winning series and see what happens! If the Padres can climb back to the .500 mark, that is when you can start getting more excited and start to scoreboard watch to see what this team can do, but they still have ways to go. That being said they have been playing great baseball of late as they have gone (20-16) since that abysmal April. Their next opponent is the (35-28) St. Louis Cardinals, who the Padres split with at Petco Park a month ago. A sweep of any team would be nice, especially since the Padres have not swept an opponent since August 16, 2017. It would be their first sweep this season and only their third in two years. History is not on their side, and I am not saying they need to be sweeping teams, it would just be nice.

First thing is first, win the first game of the series and see what happens. Tomorrow Jordan Lyles (2-2) will take on Cardinals Jack Flaherty (2-2) at 5:15pm. Chris Ello has your pregame show at 4:15 on the home of the Padres, 97.3 The Fan.