Before a two-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton and a triple by Christian Yelich -- who scored on a throwing error -- in the eighth, Richard's final line looked much cleaner. He yielded five runs and struck out seven over seven-plus frames.
The lone hitter Richard struggled with was Stanton, who went 3-for-3 with a walk. That's why Stanton would've been issued a free pass had Dee Gordon not reached before him in the eighth.
"He was outstanding and deserved a much better fate than he's gonna end up realizing in the box score," Green said. "He struggled with basically one guy in the lineup all day, [and] everybody in baseball has tended to struggle with him."
Richard has been a selfless, team-first guy all season, as Green and his teammates noted. Sunday's outing was no different -- for reasons on and off the field.
Richard's long outing helped give an ailing bullpen a breather, a reason the left-hander faced Stanton in the eighth and not someone else.
"You walk through those things in your head, but there's really nobody that's had a great recipe of success against [Stanton]," Green said.
Along with Erick Aybar, Richard also made sure every one of his teammates flew out of Miami in style. Hawaiian shirts, summer boaters hats and khaki pants were the garments of choice awaiting Padres players after the game.
The selfless acts, home run trots and long, timely outings are all what Richard has brought to the club.
"He's the epitome of a leader," shortstop Dusty Coleman said. "He comes in the clubhouse positive every single day and treats us all really well. He goes out and shows it by his performances, too."
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Sunday.