The San Diego Padres found out the hard way in Denver that a seemingly innocuous single, even when driven softly, can do as much damage as the most powerful homerun. During the fifth inning in their game again the Colorado Rockies, the Padres found their game unraveling when reliever Brad Bach allowed three singles through.
While those singles might not have made much of a difference at the beginning of the game, in the fifth inning, it was enough to bring down the Padres. Each of the Rockies’ singles were feasibly catchable. The first was a center field hit that landed in front of a sprinting Cameron Maybin, resulting in a run. The second hit fell short of Will Venable’s glove. The third, hit the hardest, became an RBI single to right field. The three hits caused the Rockies to win over the Padres 4-1.
The Rockies also got a two-run homer off reliever Andrew Cashner in the same game, but it was truly the three hits in the fifth inning that sealed the Padres’ 4-1 fate. The Padres have their own great hitters that they will hopefully be able to utilize more to their advantage. Carlos Quentin had two doubles in the game and the Padres finished with eight hits despite losing. In their first five games, the Padres are hitting .191 as a team with a .298 on-base percentage.
However, it cannot be all on Quentin’s back. The other hitters need to pick up the slack. Of course, the team also needs to protect themselves against their opponents and not let small bloopers define their game. Escaped singles cannot define the Padres.