Just a day after hitting a pair of home runs including a grand slam in a winning effort, the Padre offense was nowhere to be found. As Blake Snell took the mound, he played decently and kept San Diego within 3 runs by the time his start was over. His biggest blemish came on a monster home run from Jorge Soler to get the Marlins on the board that went 442 feet to dead center. However, a lack of offense gave the team no chance at all for a comeback, and the Miami pitching staff took care of business in a win that evened the series.
Here are three takeaways from the loss:
Snell has decent game, still takes 9th loss
NL Cy-Young candidate Blake Snell took the ball for the Padres on Tuesday in hopes of helping the Padres take the first 2 games of the series and give them an opportunity for a sweep. He ended up pitching a respectable game, as he went the first 6 innings and struck out 8 batters while allowing 3 ER. He was able to keep his control in check, walking only 2 batters in the game. Control has been an issue for Snell this season despite his success, as he stands in the lead for most batters walked this season so far. Nonetheless, his start against Miami ultimately came with no run support, and his record dropped to 10-9. It is quite odd that Snell’s record is not more impressive considering the type of season he’s having, but the Padres cannot seem to give him consistent run support when he takes the mound. The team needs to make sure that they take advantage of Snell’s excellence more often, or wins will become that much harder to grab.
Miami holds the Padres to just 3 hits in the game
Starting the game for the Miami Marlins was lefty Jesus Luzardo, a young up-and-coming pitcher with great potential. He was able to completely stump the Padres through the first 6 innings, topping Blake Snell’s performance. Luzardo pitched nearly flawlessly through his start, allowing 0 runs and just 2 hits while walking only 1 batter. His 7 strikeouts had San Diego searching for answers and trying anything they could to string some hits together.
After Luzardo took care of business, the bullpen took charge and handled the final 3 innings of the game with relative ease. David Robertson collected his 18th save of the year in the ninth and put the finishing touches on what was an incredibly frustrating game for the Padres. Fans watched on as the team failed to put runners on base and give the crowd anything positive to cheer about.
Bullpen has another good game despite lack of run support
While the Padres took a tough loss, the bullpen once again had a nice game. They are beginning to show consistent performance and leave room for optimism as the team leans on them more and more. It was Scott Barlow, Nick Martinez, and Luis Garcia who each pitched a scoreless inning in relief and allowed just 2 hits total. They did a great job at limiting the damage to the 3 runs that Snell had allowed, while the San Diego offense was unfortunately a different story. Although these types of performances are nice to see from the bullpen, it would be even better to see if they could come while the Padres provide solid run support at the same time.
It was an overall very rough night for the team, as they failed to collect the win on Ha-Seong Kim bobblehead night. Kim, who hit the grand slam in yesterday’s contest, was awarded the Padres 2023 Heart and Hustle Award before the game. He along with the rest of the team will need to clear their minds quickly, as they play the final game of their 10-game homestand on Wednesday with the series against the Marlins on the line.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT.