The Padres have been shut out 4 times already this season.
They’ve only played 8 games so far.
San Diego lost 3-0 to the Phillies Tuesday in a game where both hits and baserunners were scarce.
Technically San Diego is on pace to be shutout 81 times during this 162 game season. That’s highly unlikely but this early trend is disconcerting.
The Padres have been held to a goose egg in 4 of their 5 games not played in high altitude at Coors Field.
No other MLB team has been held to zero runs in multiple games as of Tuesday evening.
Centerfielder Jon Jay quietly has put together an 8-game hitting streak. He doubled in the 3rd inning but was stranded.
Jay certainly looks the part of an everyday leadoff batter. The former Cardinal already has 3 doubles and holds a respectable .303 average at the plate.
Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin took a no-hitter into the 5th inning and only allowed one run and 3 hits over 6 innings.
The lefty also struck out 7 batters in his first start of the year.
Erlin got the spot-start while opening day pitcher Tyson Ross spends time on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder (retroactive to April 5th).
The southpaw was solid but had no run support. The Padres were held to just four hits on the evening.
Phillies starter Charlie Morton also punched out 7 batters in a pitcher’s duel that made for a pretty quick ballgame.
Outfielder Odubel Herrera helped get Philadelphia on the board in the 6th inning when he took a 2-1 offering into the right field corner.
His RBI triple plated Tyler Goeddel to make it 1-0 Phillies.
The home team would add two more insurance runs in the 8th inning when Cory Spangenberg failed to turn a potential double play on an infield grounder by Maikel Franco.
Iowa native Colin Rea takes the mound Wednesday for the Friars.
Philadelphia counters with Jerad Eickhoff. Lefty Drew Pomeranz gets the nod for San Diego on get-a-way day (Thursday) as the Padres wrap up their 7-game road trip in the city of Brotherly Love.
The Diamondbacks, Pirates and Cardinals will be on deck in a trio of 3-game series starting Friday night at Petco Park.