ICYMI: Padres' efforts for naught as Phils take series
By San Diego Padres
Despite a fairly consistent flow of hitting from the San Diego Padres' offense over the last three games, the Friars matched a season-high sixth-consecutive loss Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies came out on top to complete a three-game sweep at Petco Park. The team was not without their opportunities on Sunday, however, as Will Venable contributed a three-hit performance to add to the Padres' total of nine hits on the day, while Andrew Cashner delivered yet another quality start. In spite of these solid performances by two of San Diego's veteran players, a victory was not in the cards for the Padres as they fell by a score of 5-3 to the surging Phillies.
Cashner was able to provide the Padres with his fourth quality start over his last six outings -- accounting for his 14th overall quality start on the season -- after surrendering only three earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of work. Relievers Marc Rzepczynski and Dale Thayer delivered solid outings in relief of Cashner, combining for 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, while Brandon Maurer and Kevin Quackenbush continued to show signs of fatigue as they combined for three hits and two earned runs in one inning of work.
On the other side of the mound, the Padres' offense put together an earnest effort as Venable went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, and fellow outfielder Justin Upton launched his 19th home run of the season to collect his 60th RBI of the year. Yangervis Solarte also contributed to the team's efforts, while extending his own hot streak by hitting safely in his 14th game out of his last 15 appearances since July 25th.
Although the Padres were able to record nine hits on the day and produced a healthy 2-for-6 record at the plate with runners in scoring position, the Padres were only able to score three runs and ultimately left seven runners on base overall.
Fortunately, Monday presents a new opportunity for the Friars as they open a three-game series against Cincinnati with veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy going toe-to-toe with rookie southpaw David Holmberg at Petco Park. In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Sunday: