Still, in a span of three innings, the Padres made the score almost respectable. Rookie Stan Jefferson--in his first at-bat after being taken off the disabled list before the game--hit a two-run home run in the seventh. And, also in the seventh, catcher Bruce Bochy--also in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list--hit a three-run homer.
St. Louis' Skeeter Barnes, in his first major league at-bat since 1984, hit a three-run homer in the eighth. But John Kruk hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Cardinal reliever Ray Soff. Also, Ready and Steve Garvey--3 for 3 as a pinch-hitter since being benched last weekend--each added RBI singles.
The 10 Padre runs and 17 hits were season highs, but the Padres recorded their 23rd loss, a major league high.
"You get 10 runs in a ballgame, and you're not even close," Bowa said, rolling his eyes.
Padre Notes Infielder Tim Flannery--who twisted his right ankle Wednesday when he inadvertently stepped on a ball during batting practice--has torn ligaments on both sides of his ankle, it was announced Thursday. Flannery, who has never been on the disabled list before, will miss anywhere from three to six weeks, and he also says it could be as many as six months before he can surf again. "I'd like to call a mulligan and start the season all over again," Flannery said Thursday. "This thing hurts. At about 3:30 this morning, it started pounding, and I didn't go back to sleep. By morning, I never thought I'd walk on it ever. I won't be able to surf for a while."