Padres pitching falters in Arizona

San Diego Padres pitcher Cesar Vargas, left, wipes sweat from his face as he gets a visit from Brett Wallace after giving up three runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Phoenix. Vargas was removed later in the inning. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Throughout the first third of the 2016 MLB season, the San Diego Padres offense remained inconsistent. However, the pitching from the starting rotation and the bullpen seemed primed to lead the team back into contention if the offense could find its footing.

Against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, fans started to see the first signs that the wear-and-tear of the long season are taking their toll on the Padres pitchers.

After a fine performance by Christian Friedrich in Game 1 on Friday, going 7 innings and giving up zero runs, the Padres got two poor starting performances by two of the most exciting names in their rotation this year.

Cesar Vargas gave up 7 earned runs in just 1.2 innings on Saturday. The next day, he was placed on the Padres’ disabled list with a sore elbow. The team is already working to try to find creative ways to limit the innings thrown by both him and Colin Rea this year.

On Sunday, the pitcher that has been the ace of the staff, Drew Pomeranz was hit hard in Arizona. He gave up 6 earned runs in 5 innings pitched, the first time he’s given up more than 2 runs since April 25th and the first time he’s given up more than 3 runs in any start this year.

Andrew Cashner, who sports a 2-4 record and a 4.87 ERA so far this season, will attempt to right the ship today as the team heads to Seattle for a two-game series against the Mariners before playing two games against them at Petco Park.

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