Padres Eye Last Place Finish

Friars on brink of being swept in Arizona

Andy Green in Arizona

Let's make this as quick and painless as we can.

The Padres lost to the Diamondbacks 9-5 on Saturday night in Arizona. Clayton Richard made his first bad start since re-joining San Diego's starting rotation, allowing five runs in the first inning.

The loss drops the Padres in to a tie for 4th place in the National League West. The Friars came in to the game needing only to avoid a sweep to avoid finishing the season at the very bottom of the standings.

A lot of people think losing to Arizona and having them leapfrog the Padres is a good thing because it gives the Friars a better drafting position. That's a conversation for a different day. All I know is the guys in the clubhouse would like to avoid looking up at everybody in the division, a place the franchise has not finished in since 2011.

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