Home sick: Padres' Petco scoreless streak hits 27 innings in loss to Yankees

Jeff Sanders, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO — Mookie Betts. Shohei Ohtani. Freddie Freeman.

As the tops of lineups go, the San Diego Padres see the best of the best on a regular basis.

These Yankees are something different.

“It’s a real lineup,” Padres manager Mike Shildt acknowledged at the start of the series. “There’s some similarities there, for sure. I think there might be some more length to this one.”

Certainly more than the Padres have been able to match at home, where they endured 27 straight scoreless innings before Fernando Tatis Jr.’s solo homer in a 4-1 loss in front of a sellout crowd of 44,845 amounted to a shout into an ever-increasing void.

Before that, the last time the Padres scored a run at home was on a wild pitch in the seventh inning on May 14.


The Colorado Rockies blanked the Padres to close that homestand, the Yankees homered four times in a shutout on Friday and Aaron Judge dug Dylan Cease into a quick hole on Saturday with a two-run homer, his 11th in a scorching May.

That was all the Yankees needed to get past the Padres at home, where they are 10-17 on the season and hitting .222, the fourth-worst total in baseball.

Saturday’s flop saw the Padres go 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, with three of zeroes coming after Jake Cronenworth led off the fourth with a triple to right.

But he couldn’t have known that Alex Verdugo’s throw to the plate would have been so far up the first base line on Manny Machado’s fly ball to left. Cronenworth tagged but quickly retreated, David Peralta’s ensuing fly ball to left was even shallower and Jackson Merrill struck out to leave Cronenworth stranded at third base.


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