San Diego Padres find rock bottom in victory on Sunday

Aug 21, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Josh Bell (24) greets shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (7) after his home run during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Josh Bell (24) greets shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (7) after his home run during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sometimes, a win can feel like a loss. Such is the case for the San Diego Padres after their victory on Sunday.

This should have been a game where the Padres could get themselves back on track. Patrick Corbin was on the mound for the Nationals and he is essentially a batting practice machine. As Corbin entered the game with a 6.96 ERA and a 1.797 WHiP over his 116.1 innings, leading the majors in losses, hits, and earned runs, this should have been a cakewalk for the Padres’ offense.

San Diego Padres offense barely scratches anything across on Patrick Corbin

The problem was that no one told Corbin this. He somehow managed to hold the Padres off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when Josh Bell finally touched him for a two run homer to provide all of San Diego’s offense. Yes, the Padres managed to have nine hits and two walks against Corbin as he pitched into the sixth, but they were only able to push those two runs across the plate.

Yes, the Padres managed to salvage a split against the Nationals. However, they should have hoped for far more, especially as Corbin was unable to escape the first inning in two of his previous four starts. Even his most recent outing, one of his best of the year, resulted in his allowing four runs in six innings to the Cubs.

A split with the Nationals is hardly a victory either. The Padres have postseason aspirations, having made several major moves at the deadline to improve their chances. In the end, those moves have not helped in the standings, especially as they barely eked out a victory over the worst pitcher in baseball.

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Yes, the San Diego Padres managed to defeat Patrick Corbin and the Nationals. However, scoring two runs against a batting practice pitcher is not a victory.