- Boise State denies that Sam Ukwuachu’s 2013 dismissal was because of allegations of abuse
- Russell Wilson says he didn’t suffer a concussion in NFC Championship game
- Josh Rosen beats out Jerry Neuheisel as UCLA starting quarterback
- Jered Weaver says dugout outburst not aimed at Mike Trout
- Chargers news: Chris Watt should be getting more attention than D.J. Fluker
- Connor Halliday ready to restart professional football career
- Raiders, Taylor Mays officially agree to contract terms
- NaVorro Bowman brings needed lift to 49ers
- Kenny Stabler named Pro Football Hall of Fame senior finalist
- Sounders FC score 2 late goals against CD Olimpia in CONCACAF Champions League
Padres vs. Mets: Opening day spoiled by pitching woes
- Updated: April 2, 2013
The San Diego Padres went into the Big Apple Monday to take on the New York Mets short-handed, and it showed as they fell in embarrassing fashion, 11-2, at Citi Field.
Edinson Volquez drew the start for the Friars, and he struggled from the onset. In three innings, the Padres’ ace allowed six hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out four. Anthony Bass, who was in an open spring training competition to be the No. 5 starter, was capable in long relief after pitching three solid frames, striking out three and allowing just one earned run.
The wheels essentially came off when Brad Brach pitched two-thirds of an inning in the seventh and gave up four hits and four earned runs, including a grand slam to Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill. With the game out of reach, the remaining relievers pitched two and two-thirds innings of relief and allowed zero hits and zero earned runs.
The biggest concern is the fact that Volquez couldn’t keep the Mets, who are not projected to be a prolific offense by any stretch this season, at bay for a quality start of five or more innings. San Diego is down several of its key players, including third baseman Chase Headley (thumb injury), catcher Yasmani Grandal (suspension) and utility man Logan Forsythe (plantar fasciitis), and needs its best players to steady the ship until they return to some semblance of full strength.
But the gloom-and-doom talk is premature — it’s just one game, and there was an element of misfortune as well. San Diego scored nine of its 11 runs with two outs or more, something that Volquez believes he can fix by making better decisions with his pitches.
With an off day on Tuesday, Clayton Richard and the bullpen will get another crack at it.
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Russell Wilson says he didn’t suffer a concussion in NFC Championship game - August 27, 2015
- Josh Rosen beats out Jerry Neuheisel as UCLA starting quarterback - August 27, 2015
- Blue Jays vs. Angels: East vs. West in potential October showdown - August 21, 2015