Dubious pitch selection
It’s very rare for managerto publicly question pitch selection after a loss, but he did so Saturday. The Padres, who had been held to four hits and one run through six innings, scored four runs in the seventh against . He didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced in the inning, which began with a walk to Cameron Maybin.
To be sure, Maybin is a budding talent but still an inexperienced 24-year-old trying to settle into the majors with his third organization.
“I really didn’t understand the 3-2 slider to Maybin to start the seventh inning,” Tracy said, referring to the sixth pitch of that at-bat. “I really didn’t understand that with a six-run lead.”
Catchertook the blame for the pitch, although the final say rests with the pitcher.
“At 3-2 to Maybin, I should have never let him throw a breaking ball with a six-run lead,” Iannetta said. “I should have never let that happen. You’ve got to throw a fastball there and make him hit his way on.”
Ryan Ludwick followed with a first-pitch single. Chacin then walked Kyle Phillips on six pitches, throwing a 3-2 fastball, before making a fielding and throwing error on Eric Patterson’s tapper hit to the right of the mound that allowed two runs to score.