Any excitement and momentum that the San Diego Padres gained playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and with the reintroduction of Chase Headley, was effectively squashed today as the team suffered their second straight sweep from the San Francisco Giants. The final 0-5 loss in San Francisco came on the heels of a 22-run (over three games) victory tour down in LA, where the Padres crushed the Dodgers. This weekend, the Padres only managed to score two runs throughout three losing games, and that did not include a single run in the last 21 innings of the series.
Starting pitcher Eric Stults did not perform well in San Francisco, allowing five runs on eight hits over seven innings. Those five runs allowed were a season high for the Padres pitcher. And while the Padres had six hits in the game, none developed into runs for the floundering team.
The Padres, who are 5-13 at this point in the season, are heading back home to Petco Park at the moment. The team has already been swept in three out of the six series they have played this season. Back at Petco, the Padres will face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, a match they hope can get them back on their winning streak.
Pitcher Jason Marquis will step in for Stults to take on the Brewers, and he is expected to carry the Padres on to their next win Monday night. In his last start, Marquis beat the Dodgers by only giving up one run over seven and 2/3 innings. The pitcher’s 2.70 ERA is not too shabby, either.
What the Padres will bring against the Brewers is a mystery at this point; their stellar performance against the Dodgers was expected to last through to San Francisco, but sizzled immediately.
Perhaps some of that magic will return with the subsequent return of the currently-suspended Carlos Quentin, who will reappear against the Brewers in Tuesday’s game.