August 23, 2015

Padres blank Cards, bigtime

SAN DIEGO--It was a one-run game, until the seventh.

That's when the San Diego Padres unloaded on St. Louis Cardinals starter, Carlos Martinez and Bullpen Company.

Without benefit of a home run, the Padres raked ... and raked ... and raked, until they put up a rather crooked seven on the scoreboard near the Pacific Ocean. A wave of runs, you could say, and there wasn't much Martinez or Randy Choate or Seth Maness could do to stop it.

Martinez didn't too bad, giving up seven hits and three runs, all earned. But that seventh.

Choate relieved, couldn't record an out, and gave up an earned run.

Maness got beat up though. Normally a good ground ball into double play stopper, the Cards' reliever got touched up pretty good, giving up four hits while recording only one out. Maness gave up four runs, only one earned.

Tyler Lyons was able to pitch well for the last four outs, giving away no runs.

Hard to figure, though, how Cards' pitching summed up eight strikeouts and only two walks, yet got bombed.

It happens.

The concern for Cards' manager Mike Matheny, however, is that St. Louis has dropped the first two games of this western road trip, and really got their Cards' caps handed to them.

One more in San Diego, St. Louis hoping to avoid a Pads sweep.