PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres' bullpen fared just fine without Brad Hand and Adam Cimber on Friday night. Robbie Erlin and Phil Maton picked up the slack nicely. Robert Stock was OK, though his defense let him down.But none of the three ever had a lead to work with.Starter Clayton Richard
PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres' bullpen fared just fine without Brad Hand and Adam Cimber on Friday night. Robbie Erlin and Phil Maton picked up the slack nicely. Robert Stock was OK, though his defense let him down.
But none of the three ever had a lead to work with.
Starter Clayton Richard gave up an early four-run advantage and was tagged for seven runs in three innings as the Padres opened the second half with a disheartening 11-5 defeat.
"We play to win the game, and our offense put us in a position to do that early in the game," Richard said. "To not be able to hold up my end of it -- it's difficult to swallow."
Things went from bad to worse in the eighth when center fielder Manuel Margot exited the game with a left wrist injury he sustained while diving for a fly ball. Margot was sent for tests after the game, and there was no immediate update on his status.
Meanwhile, Richard's worst outing of the season sent the Padres to their sixth straight loss just one day after Hand and Cimber were traded to Cleveland for top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
That deal should provide opportunity to some young arms in the San Diego bullpen. On Friday night, Erlin and Maton looked ready to seize it, as each worked two scoreless frames. Maton -- a candidate to fill the high-leverage roles vacated by Hand and Cimber -- looked as sharp as he's looked all season, striking out three without allowing a baserunner.
"It's all about the same when you get out there," Maton said. "It's just about getting guys out. But looking at it from the outside, it's nice to get those chances."
The Padres jumped on top with a four-run first in which they capitalized on a handful of Phillies mistakes. They were aggressive on the basepaths and worked deep counts against starter Jacob Arrieta. It was an ideal start to the second half, after the first was plagued with offensive mistakes and on-base woes.
That lead fell apart in a matter of minutes. The Phillies clawed one run back in the first, then Richard walked three and allowed three hits in the second. The last hit -- Carlos Santana's three-run homer -- put them on top, 7-4.
"He was just scuffling with command and missing more than he normally does," Padres manager Andy Green said. "You do that to good hitters, after a while they get to you."
Philadelphia tacked on four in the eighth against Stock, who wasn't particularly sharp. He was nearly bailed out by Margot, who attempted a spectacular grab on Cesar Hernandez's liner. But Margot came just shy, and his left wrist bent backward as he made contact with the grass.
GALVIS IN A GROOVE
Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis spent the first six years of his career playing for the Phillies, before a December trade brought him to San Diego. In his return to Citizens Bank Park, he received a warm ovation from the Philadelphia fans.
Galvis didn't return the kindness, pounding out three hits and driving in a pair. He plated Margot in the first and fourth innings with singles, then led off the eighth with a double.
"He hit the ball hard all day," Green said. "He's been great for us as a veteran presence, a guy who plays the game right every single day."
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
On a sharp liner in the third, Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva ranged to his right and made a brilliant all-out diving catch, robbing Scott Kingery of extra bases. Villanueva struggled defensively in the early part of the season. But the rookie third baseman has held his own over the last month. He's been especially solid when the plays are purely reactionary. Friday's gem was one of his best yet.
HE SAID IT
"It stings. He's battled so hard. … We're hoping it's a day. You really don't know with things like this. It could be something small. It could be something severe." -- Green, on Margot's injury
Luis Perdomo (1-4, 7.55 ERA) had a shaky first half, but he's shown flashes of his excellent stuff since being recalled in early July. It's simply a matter of harnessing and controlling it. The 25-year-old right-hander gets the ball Saturday for the second game of the three-game set at Citizens Bank Park, opposite Phillies righty Vince Velasquez (5-8, 4.39). First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. PT.
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.