Five Good Things: Road Woes Continue
The Padres ended this nightmare road trip with another loss against the Nationals at Nationals Park. After beating the Marlins in the first game of the 10-day journey they lost nine straight and fell to last place. There were very little highlights in this series but here are five to go on.
5. Jesus Guzman
Jesus has been on fire as of late as he went 4-8 in the first two games with a home run and a double. Unfortunately he’s go-ahead shot in the sixth on Saturday in another loss by the Padres Bullpen. He went 1-5 in Sunday’s finale to leave his average at .385 for the series.
4. Offense Awoken
The Padres offense, which was almost nonexistent in Miami and Boston, woke up in a big way in Washington. They scored five runs on 10 hits on Friday and followed it up with four scores with five knocks on Saturday. Their seven runs on 12 hit effort on Sunday gave them a nice series average of five and a third runs per game against a very good Nationals’ pitching staff.
3. Jason Marquis
Jason Marquis bounced back from a couple subpar outings with a quality start on Saturday in spite of losing catcher Yasmani Grandal in the third inning to a likely season ending knee injury. The Padres veteran right hander went six innings allowing three runs on eight hits. He kept his walk count relatively low with only three and was in line for the win before the lead was blown and then lost by Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson in the bottom of the seventh.
2. Chase Headley
Chase had a nice series at National’s park getting six hits and knocking in three runs. Chase hit safely in each game including a homer on Friday and a three hit game on Sunday.
1. Everth Cabrera Named to NL All-Star Game.
Everth Cabrera was named as the Padres representative for the National League squad. The honor was based on Cabrera’s play before his recent stint on the disabled list where he hit .305 with on on-base percentage of .382. His 31 steals still leads the National League and his 3.6 WAR is tops among NL shortstops.
So there we have it, folks. Five things to hang your hat on for that long flight home. The Padres will head back to Petco for three games against Colorado starting Monday night. Lets see if they can reverse this awful trend and get back to their winning ways.