Braves Chop Padres 4-1. Padres Go 5-5 on Road Trip

Braden Surprenant
June 17, 2018 - 3:00 pm

From what was a great start to a 10-game road trip, the Padres go 1-3 in their last four games against Atlanta as they lose 4-1 on Sunday.

San Diego took every game down to the wire in their weekend series against Atlanta, with the exception of Friday night where the Padres won 9-3. The last two days in particular were an offensive nightmare for the Padres. Saturday afternoon they were shutout by Atlanta, followed by being no hit for 6 1/3 inning on Sunday.

The Padres were able to get a run across in the 8th inning on Sunday thanks to a Jose Pirela sacrifice fly that scored Franmil Reyes but that would be it for the friars. Padres finished the game striking out seventeen times. Seventeen.

With a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 8th, Atlanta added two more runs with two outs off Brad Hand, after Tyler Flowers hit a two run home run to center field.

Pitching was not stellar but also not bad on Sunday. Bullpen day for the Padres, which has been successful in the past, was not as dominate as it was in prior outings. Matt Strahm started it off for the Padres pitching 2 2/3 inning, allowing one hit and struck out five. Jose Castillo, who has been untouchable so far in the big leagues, actually got touched up today as he gave up two runs over 1 1/3 inning. Craig Stammen and Adam Cimber were lights out when they handed it over to Brad Hand in the 8th.

Positives

The Padres were able to go 5-5 on a pretty brutal 10 game road trip, including series wins over the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. The Padres also locked up a season series win over the Cardinals for only the fifth time in twenty years. Depending on what the Diamondbacks do later on Sunday against New York, San Diego will be no worse than 7.5 games back of the division. Take that for what it is worth but after the start the Padres had to the season, no one would expect them to be in the position they are right now. Padres can bounce back against a reeling Oakland Athletics before they head up to San Francisco, who they have had recent success against and out to Texas who are a whopping 28-44. Ted Leitner also returns to the broadcast on Tuesday!

Negatives

The Padres have started to cool off after a great 7-3 homestand. The offense looks like the April Padres, and the bullpen is starting to show a couple cracks of fatigue. Striking out seventeen times and being no hit for 6 1/3 inning is also not ideal.

What is Next?

Padres come home for a two game series against Oakland. The Athletics come in with a 35-36 record and are expected to throw Paul Blackburn (1-1) and Frankie Montas (3-1). Oakland’s best aspect of their game however is their offense, as Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson highlight the Athletics’ heavy hitters.