Struggling Joe Musgrove, Juan Soto shines in Padres loss

SAN DIEGO—In the afternoon, at least, the sky-high Padres returned to Earth.

Since then, of course, the trade deadline has come and gone. The Padres team overhauled their roster, addressing just about every blemish they needed to address. They added star on star and won four straight games against the Rockies in the process.

But this elusive five-game sweep would not have been the case. In the series finale on Thursday, Colorado jumped to the top early and won 7-3 despite strong performances from Padres’ newcomers – including a pair of additional key hits from John Soto. Here are some quick meals:

1. Musgrove hits a rough patch
Given the flawless nature of the start of the season, Musgrove may have been due to some regression. Sure enough, he had some rough luck on Thursday.

“Lots of lightning strikes,” said manager Bob Melvin. “It will happen sometimes. We hit some balls really hard too, we had nothing to show. This is the way the game sometimes goes.”

Musgrove hit 100 pitches with two naysayers in the fifth inning and was running on fumes. His 101st pitch – Ryan McMahon hanging curve – landed in the beach area in the right center field, a three-stroke shot that put the Rockies in front, 6-0. That was it for Musgrove, who has now posted 5.71 ERAs in his past seven starts.

Don’t read too much into this figure. Seven starts is a random end point, and if you schedule an ERA for any pitcher from their worst start to the season, it will probably sound pretty high. However, Musgrove has clearly not been the same since around mid-June.

“I’m at a point right now where I don’t feel good about delivery,” Musgrove said. “I feel a little bit inconsistent. Every season comes at some point. You just have to try to beat it and find a way out of it.

“I’m still competing. I’m not far away. I look at the video, and it’s hard to see what it looks like different. But there’s something there. We’ll be working hard this week to figure it out and get back on track.”

Like anything else, Musgrove’s work ethic is a major part of why the Padres are comfortable giving him this extension. They are sure he will find out.

2. The new guys are fine
Believe it or not, until Wednesday evening, Melvin hadn’t seen Soto play. Their paths never crossed during Melvin’s tenure as head coach, and Padres has not played for the Nationals yet this season.

Like almost everyone else, Melvin was considered a fan of Soto’s painting approach.

It’s very advanced,” Melvin said. “Simple yet advanced. He is looking for the ball in the middle of the board. You don’t throw it in there, it doesn’t swing. Then, with two strikes, he has a means of battle.”

Soto was a bit lucky with his third in the sixth inning, when misunderstandings abroad in the Rockies allowed volleyball to fall. On the seventh, put a double in the right corner.

Meanwhile, Josh Bell made his first hit as Padre and finished in a 2-vs-3 walk. Although the Padres got late early, they made several threats, even if they were empty in the end.

“Honestly, it looked like they were getting all their breaks,” Bell said. “All we needed was one or two to get things started. But… I don’t think we would ever be out of the game, no matter how helpless.”

3. How good is this seat?
It’s certainly not the most glamorous aspect of Padres’ moves this week. But this seat – especially whenFernando Tates Jr.He finally came back from breaking his left wrist – it looks like a championship-caliber bench.

Consider the wealth of options Melvin had at his disposal against the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland on Thursday afternoon. Possible, Brandon DruryAnd the Will Myers Bell must all start against the left hand throw. And if Padres is reluctant to play Myers in midfield, that means choosing between red hot Ha Seung Kim And all the stars Jake Kronworth.

So Kronworth sat down. But he was called up in big place, with two men on board in the sixth inning, as Padres began to hold back the Rockies’ lead. He’s out – but that belies the significance of the moment. was badres all Stars Get out of their seats.

“With the roster we have now, we’ll probably have a really good game over the course of the game when we come off the bench,” Melvin said. “This was the right place. The count worked, and he got an appropriate number of hits. She just showed up.”