Padres Bats Stay Quiet on Sunday

Lack of offense and shaky start lead to series loss

If he wants to stay in the starting rotation at the big league level, Jarred Cosart is going to have to figure out how to get deeper in to baseball games.

The San Diego right-hander was pulled after 4.0 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. Cosart has made five starts this year … his longest outing is just 5.0 innings.

Cosart got in to trouble in the 4th on Sunday. He gave up a single to D.J. LeMahieu and a double to Mark Reynolds before walking Ian Desmond to load the bases. Trevor Story and Rancho Buena Vista High School alum Tony Wolters followed with RBI singles to put the Rockies up 3-0.

After that the San Diego bullpen was lights out. Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer tossed 5.0 innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts. But for the second straight game the only offense the Friars got came on a solo home run.

In the 5th inning Hunter Renfroe hit a rocket off the Western Metal Supply Building in left field for his 11th dinger of the year. But other than that the Padres only got two other hits, both singles, off Colorado starter Jeff Hoffman. The 24-year-old righty went 7.0 innings and struck out nine to get the win.

After losing the first game the Rockies take the series but the Padres can still claim a 4-2 homestand. The Friars start a 3-game set in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday with rookie Dinelson Lamet on the mound against Robbie Ray.

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