SAN DIEGO -- The mighty San Diego Padres splattered the Marlins 14-1 last night, after which Jack McKeon sat at his desk looking like a man who would rather be sitting at home in Elon, N.C., with his beloved dog Yogi than this team of mutts.
"It's getting embarrassing," McKeon said.
Yes it is. The Padres are not a good team, and yet the Marlins make them look like the Phillies or Red Sox. The Pads are 6-0 against the Fish this season and will be aiming for a series sweep later this afternoon at Petco Park. If it occurs, it will be the third four-game series sweep this season against the Marlins.
Nick Hundley had as many hits last night -- four -- as did the entire Marlins lineup. Aaron Harang, who gave up 31 hits and eight walks in his previous three outings, held the Marlins to a run on three hits and five walks over six last night.
The Marlins have lost 14 of their past 16 games. They are 12 games under .500 for the first time this season. The 13-run difference last night was the largest losing margin of the season. After starter Clay Hensley gave up four runs in the first last night -- all coming with two outs -- the avalanche didn't stop. The Padres, one of the worst hitting clubs in the majors, have scored in the first inning of every game they've played against the Marlins.
"This club's not a very good hitting club," McKeon said of the Padres. "(But) they kick the hell out of us every time we see 'em. We just can't keep putting crooked numbers up the first and second inning of every game. I don't know what we can do about it. We got what we got. That's it."