Justin Upton on Scuffling Padres, Bud Black the pitching staff

The San Diego Padres dropped three of their last four games at home to the Washington Nationals after Sunday’s 10-5 loss, falling under .500 to 19-20. The biggest concern may be the continuing struggles of the starting pitching staff, expected to be the strength of the team. The Padres have been walloped for 10 runs of more in three of their last six games and manager Bud Black spoke of his concerns after the game.

The one bright spot is the All-Star play of Justin Upton, who hit two more home runs on Sunday, bringing his team lead to 10. Upton spoke of the mood in the clubhouse and when it’s time to stop saying “it’s early” when it comes to the team’s struggles.

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