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Just One Of Those Nights

Padres Suffer Bad Start, Big Loss In Philadelphia

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Tyson Ross #38 of the San Diego Padres gets pulled form the game by manager Bud Black #20 in the first inning during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 12, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

    In his last 10 starts, Padres pitcher Tyson Ross has only allowed 20 earned runs. That's a fantastic stat line.

    It gets either a lot better or a lot worse (depending on your personal outlook) when you consider six of those runs came in the first inning against the Phillies on Thursday night.

    After a string of stellar outings, Ross just couldn't really find his comfort zone. The first six Phillies batters reached base, but the bottom hit when Ross walked pitcher Roy Halladay with the bases loaded.

    It was only the 12th RBI of Halladay's career, and he's spent the last four years in the National League.

    Ball four was the last pitch Ross threw. Padres manager Bud Black pulled the right-hander with two outs in the first inning, the end of what we all know as "Just one of those nights."

    The Phillies won the game 10-5. Will Venable hit the only home run of the night, a solo shot to lead off the game for the Padres. It was Venable's 22nd of the year. He also stole his 18th base of the season, putting him just two steals away from becoming the 10th 20/20 player in Padres history.

    The last one to do it was fellow outfielder Mike Cameron in 2006.

    The Padres open a 3-game series in Atlanta on Friday night. San Diego swept their 3-game set with the Braves, who own the best record in the National League, at Petco Park in June.