Padres embarrassed in 15-1 loss to Rays

August 17, 2016

The Padres played a thoroughly putrid game here Tuesday. They were embarrassed, 15-1 at mostly empty Tropicana Field, by a team with a worse record. The Tampa Bay Rays improved to 49-69.

Improvement at this point, for both teams, is not necessarily about win-loss records. If the season ended today, both teams would hold top-10 draft selections.

Yet competing remains preferable to the alternative; there is, after all, a culture to build, one that the Padres believe will eventually yield more wins than losses.

Tuesday, they didn’t hit well, didn’t pitch well, didn’t field well and generally didn’t put up a fight. They fell to 50-69, including 2-6 on their current road trip.

The offense, which didn’t record a hit in seven innings of Monday’s 8-2 loss, went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. It stranded 10 baserunners.

Edwin Jackson, who threw an unlikely, eight-walk no-hitter here six years ago, allowed eight runs over four innings. After he exited, another veteran, Carlos Villanueva, served up four home runs.

San Diego’s corner outfielders for the evening — rookie Jabari Blash in right, catcher Christian Bethancourt in left — misplayed a few balls.

The result was the most runs against the Padres since the Mariners piled up 16 on May 31. The margin of defeat was their worst since the Dodgers dealt them a 15-0, opening-day shutout.