The Padres coming in to Thursday were going for a series sweep vs the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately, the Padres failed to amount any runs which would lead to a 4-0 defeat. Blake Snell who started for the Padres Thursday managed to walk 7 batters but only allow 1 run. The Padres had chances to score but ultimately failed. Xander Bogaerts got it going today against the Blue Jays going 3-4.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Runners in scoring position
The offense looked back to its pre-break form. For a large portion of the first half of the season, the offense couldn’t score runners in scoring position. It was flashbacks of that as hitters grounded into multiple double plays in a winnable game. The game was never out of reach but the bats failed to come through with the big hit. This offense has had some big games recently but they will have to come through this weekend against the struggling Tigers.
Blake Snell and staff
Blake Snell while managing to walk a whopping 7 batters only allowed 1 run. Thursday’s start lowered his era to 0.71 in his last 11 starts. He has been nothing but consistent for this team and today’s start was just a bump in the road. The bullpen didn’t have their best day but a lot of pitchers are starting to look better from how they looked at the beginning of the season.
The Padres at the very least have to win the series this weekend in Detroit against a team that is 8 games under .500. Both teams are in the same boat in terms of trying to work their way back up to .500 so it should be a competitive series. The Padres used a lot of their top pitchers this week in Toronto so it will be a big test for the rest of the rotation if they can pitch well or not. This weekend might just determine how the rest of the season goes for the Padres.
The first game between the Padres and Tigers will start Friday at 3:40 p.m. PT at Comerica Park in Detroit.