PHILADELPHIA (AP) — San Diego Padres pitchers Mike Clevinger and Sean Manaea have had outings they wish they’d soon forgotten.
Clevinger, San Diego’s starter, did not record an out when he hit four batters in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. Manaea was marked for the loss after giving up five runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Padres fell 10-6 to Philadelphia on Saturday, putting them in a 3-1 deficit.
“Probably one of the worst days of my life,” Clevinger said.
The Padres startled the roaring, sold-out 45,467 crowd by scoring four runs in the first inning and chasing Phillies starter Bailey Falter after he had just two outs.
But fans roared at the bottom of the frame when Clevinger couldn’t get out.
“Not done,” he said. “Just didn’t go my way.”
The 31-year-old right-hander handed a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber and the first of Rhys Hoskins’ two home runs. After leading JT Realmuto and serving Bryce Harper’s RBI double, manager Bob Melvin came out of the dugout to replace Clevinger.
“Just in the middle of the plate and obviously didn’t have his best stuff,” Melvin said. “I had to take him out pretty quickly.”
Right-hander Nick Martinez came in and threw three outstanding innings, retiring all nine batters he faced to keep San Diego in the lead. But the lead didn’t last long.
It was Clevinger’s second postseason appearance and second underperforming. He gave up four earned runs with six hits in 2 2/3 innings while suffering the loss in the Padres’ 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on October 11.
In 10 career playoff appearances, Clevinger now has a 7.47 ERA.
Even with Clevinger’s struggles, San Diego led 4-3 after Martinez left and Manaea came in to start the end of the fourth.
It was the first postseason appearance of 2022 for Manaea that wasn’t exactly on familiar territory. He has made just three substitute appearances in 159 regular-season games, two of which came this season, and was a starter in his previous two playoff games.
Although he hasn’t taken the mound since October 4th, Manaea said he feels fine.
“I felt good,” he said. “I did things in between to knock off the rust. When I got out of there, it was like any other game.”
Manaea dropped a leadoff double to Nick Castellanos and two batters later a tied single to Bryson Stott.
After Juan Soto’s two-run shot in the fifth game gave San Diego a 6-4 lead, Manaea was burdened with four runs in the bottom of the frame as Philadelphia took a final 8-6 lead.
Hoskins followed up a leadoff walk to Schwarber by driving Manaea’s sinker into the left seats for his second homer of the contest. The 30-year-old left-hander led Realmuto, who scored on Harper’s RBI double, to left center and that was it for Manaea.
“They fended off some good pitches and crushed the ones they had to,” he said. “The first four of their lineup are very, very good. If they fall behind them, they will make you pay for it.”
It was the third loss Manaea suffered in as many playoff games. While fielding for Oakland, he gave up four runs — including three homers — in two innings in a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in the 2019 wild card round and gave up four runs in five hits in a 5-2 loss to Houston to the 2020 AL Division.
That season for the Padres, Manaea’s 6.16 road ERA was the highest among qualifying pitchers.
His line on Saturday was finished when Castellanos rode a single from Luis Garcia at Harper.
“He had swings and misses when he got in the zone, but he couldn’t locate it,” Melvin said.
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