The San Diego Padres lost another series this weekend as they were swept by the Minnesota Twins as their season continues to spiral downward. San Diego’s record dropped to 30-43, and before this weekend series started they had a winning record on the road, but with the sweep their record on the road was 16-17. They start a series in Boston on Monday night, so their road record will probably not improve.
It all started on Friday night as the Twins having a losing record so far this year defeated San Diego 6-5 as it was marked by the return of Joe Mauer to the Minnesota line-up. Minnesota won the game in the first inning when they scored 5 runs highlighted by Danny Valencia’s three-run home run. Joe Mauer got in the act in his first game back, as he had an RBI single to drive in a run in the first inning. I have to give San Diego credit for hanging in there and not quitting after giving up a five spot in the first inning on the road. Chase Headley drove in two runs on the night, one in the third and fifth innings respectively and Ryan Ludwick’s three-run homer in the seventh brought San Diego to within one run, but they could get no closer as San Diego lost for the sixth time in seven games. On a bright note for San Diego it was nice to see them get five runs in a game; sometimes that’s what they score in five games.
Game 2 of the three game series was more what we are used to seeing from the Padres as they wasted a good pitching performance by Tim Stauffer as the Padres were shut out by the Twins 1-0, San Diego unfortunately has been shut out more than any other team in all of baseball. Minnesota got there only run of the game in the 2nd inning, for the second consecutive game Danny Valencia hit a home run and Twins won their sixth game in a row. San Diego tried to tie the score in the eight, with one out and a runner on second, but as usual could not get a hit when they needed it and lost their fourth game in a row.
On Sunday the Twins completed the sweep of the Padres when Delmon Young scored in the bottom of the ninth to complete a come from behind win, edging San Diego 5-4 on what turned out to be a Happy Father’s Day for Minnesota, not so much for San Diego. San Diego had built a 3-1 lead after 5 innings, but Minnesota got back in the game in the bottom of the seventh. Minnesota scored three unearned runs thanks to Chase Headley’s throwing error that had Twins runners on second and third with only one out. San Diego showed some resiliency by coming right back in the top of the eighth when Ryan Ludwig scored on an infield hit by Will Venable and once again the score was tied, but they were not able to stop Minnesota from scoring in the bottom of the ninth and San Diego limped out of Minnesota having lost their last five games. They now head to Boston to take on the first place Red Sox, that should be fun.
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Written by Kevin Kelly