For Padres fans, the struggle is real.
There is a hashtag in the Twitter community. You man have come across it: #ThatsSoPadres. It basically means whatever the worst possible thing a baseball team can do in a given situation, the Padres will find a way to do that thing.
It happened again on Friday night in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The positive thing is the Padres scored their first run at home when Alexei Ramirez singled in Cory Spangenberg in the 2nd inning. That snapped a 28-inning scoreless streak to start the season at Petco Park.
The Friars actually had their first lead at home, too, when Alexi Amarista blooped a single to left field to score Derek Norris and put the home team up 2-1. Starting pitcher James Shields threw a nice game, allowing just two runs in 7.0 innings with six strikeouts but he took a no-decision.
In the 9th inning #ThatsSoPadres happened again. Phil Gosselin reached on an infield single and tried to steal second base. Norris' throw sailed in to centerfield and Gosselin scored on an infield single to give Arizona the lead.
In the bottom half the Padres got singles from Spangenberg and Ramirez to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Amarista then struck out, pinch-hitter Brett Wallace was intentionally walked and Jon Jay grounded in to a game-ending double play to give Arizona a 3-2 win.
San Diego falls to 0-4 at home, 3-8 overall.