"I made three mistakes today; they took advantage of it," Shields said. "Sometimes that's going to happen. Overall, I felt like I pitched pretty well. I don't want to give up the home runs, but what are you going to do?"
Interim manager Pat Murphy agreed.
"I think he pitched the ball really well," Murphy said. " [He] pitched seven innings, gave up three solo runs to a team that has been swinging it great. He pitched well enough to win and we've got to score more runs than that."
Dominic Brown was the first to hit a long ball off Shields, with a homer projected by Statcast™ to land 418 feet away, over the right-field walll, in the fourth inning. Then Ryan Howard did his damage in the sixth, before Cody Asche hit the tying shot in the seventh inning.
When asked about whether he thought about pinch-hitting for Shields in the sixth inning, as he had thrown 88 pitches to that point, Murphy said it was something that had crossed his mind, but he wanted to rest reliever Brandon Maurer.
"There's some things that go through your head. With our bullpen the way it was, with Maurer kind of being sensitive lately and we haven't pitched him in a while ... the decision is James is our guy and he is going to get through the next inning, so we don't have to use Maurer and he gets another days' rest for his workload this year. That would have been a great thing," Murphy said. "So that factored into the decision. When it ends up tying the game you look back and say 'Wow, could have, should have, would have.'"
After Friday's performance, Shields is now tied for third with teammate Ian Kennedy and Arizona pitcher Rubby De La Rosa for most home runs allowed in the National League with 24. However, of those home runs, 20 have been solo shots.
With the Padres having a disappointing season, Friday's game seemed to have marked another example of the team's struggles this year.
"To be honest, it's been frustrating all year. We've been losing one-run ballgames a ton of times this year," Shields said. "We've got to be able to win those games. Yeah, it's definitely frustrating to lose games like that."