Padres crumble once again in 4-3 loss to Giants

Padres gave the game away late as Josh Hader walked in game winning run

The Padres came into tonight’s game looking to make up for last night’s disaster of a game. The stars got it going early with a Soto double and a Tatis Jr. homer that had the game at 3-1 after 5 innings of play. The Padres starter, Seth Lugo, had a solid outing going 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 5 strikeouts. The bats for the second night in a row went cold in the late innings prompting a Giants comeback. With poor management the Padres allowed the winning run to walk in after having the bases loaded. Another collapse by the Padres Tuesday night. 

Here are three takeaways from the game: 

Tatis is in all-star form

Many questioned if Fernando Tatis Jr. would be able to return to his old self following his PED suspension. After 3 hits tonight which bumped his average up to .291 on the year he has put those takes to rest. Fernando has provided so much versatility defensively and offensively for this Padres team. He should not doubt be an all-star starter and has been a shining light on a so-far down year for the Padres.

Bullpen collapses, again

After a strong couple of weeks from the Padres bullpen they have returned to early season form this week in San Francisco. After a great outing last night, Tim Hill gave up 3 hits and a run tonight. Then after giving up a home run to Joc Pederson in the 8th inning, Nick Martinez left runners on for Josh Hader who would end up walking 2 batters and walk in the winning run. Some may blame Martinez for a poor outing, some may blame Hader for walking two batters, but many blame manager Bob Melvin for not starting Josh Hader at the begging of the inning. If you were going to bring him in any way this inning why wouldn’t you have him start the inning? You can’t really say you thought Nick Martinez was going to go 1-2-3 as he had just given up a homerun last inning. More questionable managing by Bob Melvin tonight. 

Can’t put it all together

It is well-established that the Padres have been inconsistent all year. Their issue is that they haven’t been able to put one and two together all year. Every group hasn’t been good at the same time for longer than a series all season long. The starters, bullpen, and hitters haven’t put it together very often this season. This has been a recipe for failure and it has cost the team many games this season. As the team hopes to be in the playoff picture come October they will have to put it all together at the same time for longer than a game or two. 

The Padres will play game 3/4 of the series vs the Giants tomorrow night at 6:45 PST.