The Padres wrapped up a disastrous road trip on Sunday being swept aside by the St. Louis Cardinals, falling 3.5 games behind in the wild card race with 13 remaining.
The 8-7 loss ended a 2-8 trip, in which the Padres were swept twice, and also saw a viral video exposing the tensions between stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.
“You’re swept up and, you know, a brutal road trip,” manager Jayce Tingler said.
The Friars fell behind almost immediately on Sunday when a hampered Jake Arrieta could not get out of the 1st round.
He allowed three hits and five runs, but the Padres’ defense didn’t help. Tatis, back in the outfield, played a bad ball in the center, allowing the Cards to score the first point.
Arrieta left with right adductor strain, giving way to Craig Stammen.
The Padres reduced the lead to 5-3 on RBIs in the 3rd inning, by Tatis, and the 4th, by Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers. Tommy Pham added a solo homerun in the 6th.
On the 7th, however, the Cards had strengthened their lead to 8-4. He resisted, despite an exchange from Padre in the 8th round, on a double from Pham and a Hosmer on the ground, to go back to one point.
But the Cardinals quickly pulled out the Padres in the 9th, including strikeouts from Victor Caratini and Tatis, to seal the sweep. They won their eighth in a row.
Saturday’s 3-2 loss, however, was painful in more ways than one. The team ceded a 2-0 lead in the 8th, but a strikeout by Tatis sparked the dugout showdown with Machado.
Tingler was sent off protecting Tatis, angry at the referee’s call. When the MVP candidate showed his displeasure further in the dugout, Machado yelled at him, apparently to focus on the team.
Machado, his words caught on camera and punctuated with profanity, told Tatis “it’s not … about you” and “go … play baseball”.
Tingler played down the situation after Saturday’s game, saying the argument showed the “passion” and “frustration” of his players.
On Sunday, he acknowledged the “tough fight” ahead for his team.
That leads to Tuesday, when the Padres open their last home stand of the year with division leaders San Francisco. They split a four-game streak with the Giants before heading to St. Louis.