Completing sweep elusive goal for Padres

San Diego struggles on getaway days

Completing sweep elusive goal for Padres

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

When you break down the Padres' 2016 record, three numbers stick out.  

The Padres were 15-35 in day games. They were 12-40 in the last games of series. And they were 6-20 on Sundays, which partially explains why the Padres were 68-94 overall. 

The 2016 Padres were actually a .500 club in the first games of series. Had they broke even on getaway day, they would have finished 82-80.  

These numbers are not lost on Padres manager Andy Green. He spoke to them Sunday before the finale of the opening home series of the season at Petco Park.     

"Every time you have a series, you go into it with the intent to win the series," said Green, who then emphasized that's not really enough.     

"This is a game where you need to stress the today," he said. "I felt last year we'd win a couple games and we'd be 'Yeah, satisfied, we won the series.' That doesn't work, that doesn't play if you want to be a winning baseball team, if you want a winning culture here in San Diego." 

"You won two out of three, that doesn't matter. Go sweep the series, go dominate one of the best pitchers in the game of baseball [San Francisco's Johnny Cueto]. Take that mentality out there."   

"We're getting closer and closer to that. We're getting closer and closer to watching our team celebrate and value the right things on a baseball field. There's nobody in this clubhouse who is going to be satisfied with two out of three, because the Padres weren't supposed to beat the Giants."

"In our eyes, in that clubhouse, we're supposed to win today's game."     

Alas, the Padres didn't. The Giants won, 5-3, Sunday.     

The Padres are now 0-1 on Sundays this season, 1-3 in day games and 0-2 in the final games of series.   

But Green has made his point. This is an area where the Padres need to improve.

GAME NOTES

Yangervis Solarte was 3-for-4 Sunday with his second homer. He is off to a 10-for-27 start with two doubles and two homers for eight RBIs in seven games. Solarte has hit safely in five of the Padres' seven games this season with three multihit games. Solarte is also a career .326 hitter (57-for-175) in the first month of the season, with 18 doubles and five home runs for 37 RBIs. Historically, March-April is Solarte's best month of the season.

Wil Myers was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against Cueto on Sunday. Coming into the game, Myers was 1-for-16 (.063) against Cueto in his career.

• Jared Cosart will make Trevor Cahill's scheduled start Monday night against the Rockies at Coors Field. Cosart started nine games for the Padres last season after being acquired from Miami in a July 29 trade, and he was 0-3 with a 6.03 ERA. He had been in the Padres' bullpen this season and allowed two runs on a hit and three walks in two-thirds of an inning in his only appearance. Cahill went on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a back strain.

Craig Stammen, who entered Spring Training as a non-roster free agent due to a checkered injury history, has pitched in three of the Padres' first seven games. He has allowed no runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.