Those runs, often plentiful in April, have essentially disappeared during a fitful month of May -- and Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers was no different.
Los Angeles pitcher Mike Bolsinger, he of the 80-mph curveballs, tied the Padres in knots, as he allowed one hit over eight innings. Kenley Jansen closed the game out, as the Padres were shut out for the eighth time this season -- and sixth time in their last 18 games.
"We don't really have anybody swinging the bat consistently well," Black said. "Everybody else is in a little bit of a down cycle. We're getting some singles when we get our hits, but we're not really driving the ball. We're not really squaring a lot of balls up."
On Saturday, Bolsinger, a rotation fill-in, allowed a leadoff single to Yangervis Solarte to start the game and nothing else. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
The Padres have scored 13 runs in their last eight games and have been shut out three times. In April, the Padres averaged 4.57 runs per game. In May, it's been 3.85 runs per game.
"When you're struggling, there's always an urgency to perform. I think it's a little bit of pressing on everyone's part," said Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
The losses of Yonder Alonso and Wil Myers earlier this month to the disabled list essentially robbed the team of two of its top hitters.
Alonso was hitting .333 when he bruised his right shoulder on May 8 and Myers has missed the last 12 games with left wrist tendinitis. The Padres are 3-9 without Myers at the top of the order.
"You've got to absorb those injuries and the other guys, of the guys who play and replace those fellows, they're going to get an opportunity and they have to step in and be productive," Black said.
The hitters who essentially carried the team in April are struggling.
Matt Kemp is hitting .250. Infielder Cory Spangenberg's average has dipped to .214. Gyorko is hitting .202 while Will Middlebrooks, who got his first professional start at shortstop Saturday, is hitting .211.
"Guys are trying, they might be pressing a little bit," Black said. "Everybody wants to be the guy who helps us snap out of it.
"We've got to keep the focus, the relaxed at-bat with high intent and sort of get some things going, and then it will be contagious and guys will jump on each other. We've got to ride this out."