Padres struggle in 3-1 loss to Tigers

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The San Diego Padres failed to complete the series sweep Sunday in Detroit.

With Joe Musgrove on the mound, the Padres were coming into the game fairly confident. It was a struggle early for the star pitcher giving up a home run in the first inning to former first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson.  In the 3rd inning, he gave up an additional homerun to Andy Ibanez plus an RBI single to extend the Tigers lead to 3-0. The Padres offense struggled mightily only scoring 1 run in the 7th inning off a Gary Sánchez single. Joe Musgrove stuck it out 6 innings only making the bullpen have to pitch 2 innings. The game concluded with a 3-1 final score. 

Here are three takeaways from the loss:

No need to panic

Even with the loss Padre fans should not be disappointed with the team’s recent road trip. Not being home since the all-star break was a tough task for the Padres and they accomplished a decent amount. With last night’s late ending, it may have made the players more fatigued coming into today which would explain the 3 hits on the day. Nevertheless, the Padres looked to have found something offensively on this trip and will look to parlay that into a run in these late summer months. 

Joe Musgrove 

Musgrove has been terrific all season long for the Padres. Today’s stat line doesn’t tell the whole story for the starter. 2 out of the 3 runs he gave up today were off of solo home runs. If you take away those 2 pitches he had another solid start. He shouldn’t be discouraged as he went decently far into the start. 

Trade Deadline

This road trip for the team made the front office believe that they can possibly be buyers at the deadline. I think for sure they definitely made it clear that they won’t be sellers at the deadline. They will look most likely fill the needs of some bullpen depth and a DH type of hitter. Both of these moves are extremely doable. I wouldn’t expect them to make as big of a splash as they did last deadline with Juan Soto. 

The Padres will start a series this Monday vs the Pittsburgh Pirates back at Petco Park for the first time since the break. The Padres will have Yu Darvish on the mound with first pitch being at 6:40 PM PST.