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San Diego Padres Swept Out of Colorado

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Series Recap

The Padres couldn’t get out of Denver fast enough following their 18-4 shellacking by the Rockies. The entire series failed to go well for the friars, though the first two games were at least marginally competitive. After losing the first two games of the series 9-6 and 9-7. The Padres head into a matchup against the San Fransisco Giants after being outscored 36-16 by Nolan Arenado and company.

Speaking of Arenado, the third baseman capped off the series with five hits in six at bats, including three home runs in the first six innings of the final game. Clayton Richards, the starting pitcher for the Padres, continued his recent string of poor outings. He allowed eleven runs (ten earned) on fourteen hits in less than four innings, raising his ERA in the process to 5.35. The reliever who followed Richards, Kevin Quakenbush, didn’t fare much better. Quackenbush surrendered six runs on five hits in just two and a thirds innings.

Scoring sixteen runs in a series should be seen as a positive for the San Diego offense. While the pitching was ineffective throughout the three games in the mile high city, the Padres did take two of three from the Giants in the previous series and are set for a rematch in their upcoming series.

A look ahead for the Padres

As the Padres come out of the All-Star break and get closer to the trade deadline at the end of the month, there’s reason to believe General Manager A.J. Preller will be active. While the team doesn’t have close to the number of assets that they had last year,  enough to complete five trades in the month of July alone, Preller does still have players of interest for teams vying for the playoffs.

One player in particular, Brad Hand, has been the subject of trade speculation for much of the season. After the Padres signed him off  Marlins last year the left-handed reliever has pitched at an All-Star level and was the team’s only representative in Miami this year.

The rumors around the league have been that the asking price for Hand has been incredibly high,  causing teams to shy away from pursuing a deal for the southpaw. However, as the playoffs near the need for a dominant lefty reliever out of the pen may outweigh the high demands by Preller.

On the 35th anniversary of Tony Gwynn’s debut with the Padres, the current team barely even showed up for their contest. However, for a team with very few goals for the season, this series could be chalked up to a bad couple of games in a homer-friendly ballpark as it brings them one loss closer to a higher draft pick come next June.