A lot of Padres losses in 2019 can be pinned on the bullpen. This is not one of them.
The Friars fell to the Mets 4-0 on Thursday afternoon to finish their 9-game road trip with a 3-6 record. San Diego has lost all four of its series since the All-Star break.
One starting pitcher was very good. The other starting pitcher was very bad. Mets hurler Jacob deGrom looked like his Cy Young-winning self, tossing 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits (all singles) and striking out nine. His counterpart, Padres lefty Eric Lauer, did not have an effective outing.
Lauer only lasted 2.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and walking three. After that, though, the bullpen combination of Luis Perdomo, Adrian Morejon, Logan Allen and Michel Baez gave up just five hits in 5.2 shutout innings.
San Diego only managed to get one runner as far as third base and that was Manny Machado in the 9th inning. Machado had three of the Padres' six hits.
The Padres come home well out of Wild Card contention (6.5 games as of this writing) to face the suddenly blistering hot Giants for three games. Joey Lucchesi gets the start against Jeff Samardzija.