And just like that, the losing streak is at six. It’s our third six-game losing streak of the year. Our -99 run differential is worst in baseball. And we are getting outclassed by the Padres, who are now 25-35.
The good news is that they’re essentially going in the opposite direction: they basically went all in last year, trading most of their prospects for a quixotic attempt to become division contenders, and then frantically scrambling to reverse course and sell their veterans for relative pennies on the dollar. So both their major league team and their farm system are worse for the wear, while at least our farm is in relatively good shape.
Anyway, that’s about enough of the good. Onto the bad. Aaron Blair continues to struggle with throwing strikes. He only lasted 4 1/3 innings, getting yanked for Casey Kelly with the bases loaded in the fifth inning after 86 pitches; he’s lucky that the Padres only scored one run in the frame. He had four strikeouts and three walks, literally just the second time in eight starts that he had more K than BB. He is very, very much a work in progress.
The offense was good for seven hits and three runs, which is basically our average. (We have the fewest runs per game and hits per game in the majors, of course.) They exploded for two runs in the third, but went back into Hibernation Mode after that.
Still, the bullpen managed to hold tight from the 5th through the 8th, and Snitker handed the ball to Arodys Vizcaino with a 3-2 lead in the 9th, and you’d have thought that would be that. But even he has off nights sometimes. After leadoff man Derek Norris wiped the smiles off our faces with a leadoff solo shot to tie things, Vizcaino gave up a single — which was followed by a stolen base, a wild pitch, a walk, and defensive indifference to get men on second and third — then a lineout and finally a walkoff single.
It was a cap-tipping kind of night. The Padres are clearly better than us, after all. Just like all the other 28 teams.