It’s becoming a pattern with the San Diego Padres, split the first two games and lose the series. And it happened again Wednesdays with the Padres losing 9-4 to the Giants at AT&T Park.
The Padres have not been able to string victories together to win a series since they’ve won three in a row to take the series from the Giants at home in April.
They have now lost five consecutive series, four of which they split the first two games and lost the series.
“Not ideal,” Clayton Richard said of the Padres’ performance so far this season. “It’s been rough. It’s not been how I drew it up, but it’s not without reason. There are reasons as to why it’s not going well and there are enough of those reasons that I can control and turn it around.”
Richard was roughed up early in the game, giving up three runs in the first inning before Eric Hosmer’s two-run double in the third to bring the Padres to within one. Richard, however, couldn’t contain the Giants, giving up two runs in the third and two in the fourth, raising his ERA to 6.21.
“We’re in a position to win a series today, and outside of me starting the game off poorly, in other facets we played well enough to be in it,” Richard said. “That’s a difficult pill to swallow, knowing you put the boys in a bad position right out of the gate.”
In a rare start, Padres outfielder Matt Szczur was able to contribute with a solo home run. It was the first home run of the year for the outfielder, who’s been in a bench role for the past two seasons.
“I work hard every day to get the opportunity to play,” Szczur said. “I’ll just try my best every time and dominate the task at hand. That’s all I’m trying to do.”
Before the start of the game, Christian Villanueva was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April. He recorded 15 runs, eight home runs, 19 RBIs, 25 hits and eight walks in 23 games.
The honor was good timing for the Mexican-born Villanueva. He will be serving as the honorary ambassador for the MLB’s International Series this weekend when the Padres take on the Dodgers in Monterrey, Mexico starting on Friday.
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