The San Diego Padres set a number of records on Thursday night at Petco Park, and almost none of them were good.
The biggest comeback ever allowed to an opponent. The biggest comeback in Mariners history. The most runs ever scored at Petco Park.
After building a 12-2 lead with a 7-run 5th inning, chasing starter Wade Miley from the game, it appeared that the Padres were going to have their second consecutive big win following the controversial criticism of the players from team owner Ron Fowler on Wednesday.
Instead, the Padres bullpen found a way to turn a win into a 16-13 loss, giving up 9 runs in the 7th inning after Colin Rea was chased from the game with 5 runs in the 6th inning.
The Seattle Mariners were especially efficient with runners in scoring position on Thursday night, going 11-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving just 3 men on base. By contrast, the Padres finished 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
If the upper management of the team was frustrated before this game, giving up a lead this big is not going to make them feel any better about this team’s chances to compete this season.