Punchless Padres on life support
This series is all but over, as the Padres appear to have sent their bats home for the winter. Losing to Chris Carpenter, the defending Cy Young Award winner and one of the best starting pitchers in the game, is understandable, but running a lineup of lefties out there against Jeff Weaver and failing to score one run is shameful.
Weaver deserves some credit. He was around the plate for most of his last four innings and worked heavily with a good curve, taking advantage of a very wide strike zone (albeit one that was consistent for all pitchers). Bruce Bochy even stacked his lineup with lefties and switch-hitters against Weaver, whose low-arm slot gives opposing left-handed hitters a great look at him. Those lefties (excluding David Wells) went 1-for-13 with three walks. The lone hit was a weak opposite-field single from Ryan Klesko, one pitch after he screwed himself six feet into the ground while trying to hit a five-run homer.