In their two games against the visiting Twins the Padres managed to score in just one inning. The other seventeen, nada. Despite eight hits the Padres could not muster a run, losing to Minnesota 2-0. Not surprisingly the Friars lead the majors with eight shut outs.
Twins starter Phil Hughes (6-1) got the win and just enough run support. Tyson Ross (5-4) was not so fortunate.
Like so many other Padres starters this season Ross (5-4) pitched well. He struck out eight over seven innings, allowing just one run in a hard luck loss. Despite the lack of offensive support Ross did not throw his teammates under the bus, "The offense, they're out there battling. I've had some great run support the last couple of games. I'm sure we're going to get them next time." Next time will have to wait a while. The teams won't see each other until August 5th in Minnesota.
The Twins took the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. They added another in the eighth on a solo blast by Trevor Plouffe. His upper deck job to left off of Dale Thayer was measured at 434 feet.
Minnesota has now won eight straight over the Padres. Their all-time record at Petco Park is a perfect 5-0.
Relief may be in sight for the Padres. The Chicago Cubs, who have the worst record in the National League, roll into town for a four game series beginning Thursday.