Matt Bush Earns Save Against Padres

Friars Fizzle After Strong Start in Texas

Wednesday night’s game started so well for the Padres.

It ended with disappointment and a bit of irony.

A couple home runs and an early 3-1 lead had the Friars in position for the win after two frames.

But the Rangers fought back behind some bizarre plays to secure a 4-3 victory.

A throwing error by Erick Aybar along with a wild pitch and a balk by starting pitcher Luis Perdomo helped Texas crawl back into the contest and eventually take the lead.

Then in a weird twist of fate, former Padres pitching prospect Matt Bush was on the mound to close the game for the Rangers and with the exception of a 2-out double by rookie Manny Margot, the Padres could not handle his 99 and 100 mile per hour fastballs.

The Mission Bay high school product pitched a scoreless 9th inning and struck out Cory Spangenberg to earn the save against the franchise that once drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft.

The promising start included some fireworks for the Friars. Will Myers bashed his 8th home run of the season in the top of the 1st inning and he left no doubt about it.

Aybar also went yard in the 2nd inning, when he tattooed an offering from Yu Darvish and handed San Diego a 2-1 advantage.

Another bright spot for the visitors was the newest Padre, outfielder Matt Szczur (pronounced “Caesar”) , who was acquired from the Cubs in a trade on Monday.

Padres manager Andy Green gave Szczur his first start in left with his new club and he responded with three hits - including a RBI double in the 2nd.

The Padres fell to 13-22 with the loss and own the second-worst run differential in the majors (-58).

Only the last place San Francisco Giants (-68) have been outscored by more runs as of May 11th.

San Diego has dropped 6 of its last seven games overall but will try to bounce back Thursday at 5 p.m.

Clayton Richard will take the mound for the Friars while Texas counters with Martin Perez.

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