It was only a few days ago when I wrote an article about how well the San Diego Padres had played. They had been the hottest team in the National League going into the three game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Three games later things couldn’t be more disappointing. Instead of continuing their good play they stumbled in just a couple of ways at just the wrong times and got swept, losing three games straight.
They were able to score some runs and other than the middle game of the series were able to pitch fairly well. They couldn’t hold the lead they fought hard to regain yesterday and today they did the exact same thing, squandering a one run lead late and they couldn’t recover. These few miscues led them to be unable to hold a lead all weekend. Unfortunately the Rays were more than ready to take advantage with good opportunistic play for the sweep.
Worst of all, as bad as the Padres luck was, that is how good the San Francisco Giants played. Just a few days ago they had spent the better part of a week gaining 4 games in the division race. All they did over the weekend was lose almost all of it back in a few days. All is not lost as they still remain in better position than they were before they turned things around.
As bad as their finishing instinct was this weekend with the Rays, they still played well and fought hard. A little better bullpen activity would have them winning at least two of the last three games. It is that type of thing that will need to be in place for them to really take the next step into the top of the division.