Three times this year the Padres have had a chance to have a winning record. Three times they have come up short.
The Friars fell to Colorado 3-2 at Coors Field on Tuesday night to drop to 4-5 on the season despite what seemed like a promising start.
Rookie centerfielder Manuel Margot let off the game with a home run, the 2nd time in five games he’s gone deep to start a game. Margot has hit three home runs in nine games this year after hitting a total of six in 124 games with Triple-A El Paso last year.
The Padres got their other run in the 6th inning when Wil Myers hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Margot. Myers also tripled for the second straight game and has driven in eight runs in nine games.
On the mound Padres starter Jered Weaver was pretty good in the mile-high air. Weaver went 6.0 innings, struck out five and did not walk anyone. He allowed three hits but two of them were solo home runs to Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon. He left with the score tied 2-2.
The Padres bullpen had one little hiccup. In the 7th inning Miguel Diaz, who earned his first career big league win on Monday night, gave up an opposite field home run to All-Star 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado. It was the first MLB run Diaz has allowed and it saddled him with his first MLB loss.
San Diego put the tying run at 2nd base in the 9th inning against Colorado closer Greg Holland but Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges both struck out to end the game. Hedges is 0-for-23 at the plate to start the season.
The Padres are going to place right-handed pitcher Luis Perdomo on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Zach Lee will start in Perdomo’s place in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale in Denver against Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland. Jake Esch, who the Padres claimed off waivers from the Marlins at the end of March, will be recalled from Double-A San Antonio to fill Perdomo’s roster spot.