The right-handed pitcher gave up nine runs (seven earned) in three innings to rival Los Angeles as the Dodgers sweep the series in the 13-4 loss at Petco Park. For the second day in a row and the fifth in seven days, the Padres needed at least six innings from their relievers.
Perdomo has average four innings in his starts this season. Wednesday’s was the worst start yet of his career and his ERA shot up to 8.36. Was the suspension to blame? Padres manager Andy Green doesn’t believe in excuses.
“Whether it did or it didn’t, it can’t,” Green said. “This is Major League Baseball. You’ve got to pitch better than that.”
Perdomo’s trouble started early. He placed four men on base to start the game and when Matt Kemp stepped up to the plate, Perdomo got no help from his teammates. Kemp’s bounced a weak chopper to Christian Villanueva, but the third baseman’s throwing error gave up two scoring runs, giving the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead.
Perdomo’s performance on Wednesday could send the starter to Triple-A El Paso. That fact wasn’t lost on the 24-year-old.
“I’m always pitching for that,” Perdomo said of his big league gig. “Things didn’t go well in the game. All I can do is go out there and keep working.”
The Padres could make a move quickly with reliever Kirby Yates and outfield Wil Myers due back from the disabled list soon.
“We’ve done a lot to try to give him every opportunity to be successful at this level, and he’s given effort, man,” Green said. “He cares. He’s doing everything he possibly can. He’s working hard. It’s just not happening, and at some point in time, we’ve got to re-evaluate the situation, try to figure out what’s best for us.”
The Padres have Thursday off and will face off against the Diamondbacks in Arizona for a three-game series starting Friday.
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