Padres scuffle in all phases, fall to Royals 8-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — All of the San Diego Padres' woes were revealed in an 8-0 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday.

The hitting was sporadic. The defense was shoddy. The pitching erratic. The baserunning poor.

The Padres lost for the sixth time in eight games, shut down by James Shields and a pair of relievers.

"When you're not scoring runs, miscues in the field are magnified," manager Bud Black said after the Padres were shut out for a major league-high sixth time.

Andrew Cashner (2-5) had a rocky first inning but it wasn't all his fault. He lasted a season-low four innings, hurt by the shaky play of shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Cabrera misplayed two grounders in the opening inning, which led to the Royals taking a 3-0 lead. The rout was on, and with Cashner throwing 43 first-inning pitches, he wouldn't be long for this Petco Park matinee.

"We didn't help Cash at all in the first inning," Black said. "It elevated his pitch count and he had to work hard to get through that first inning and from there he had to battle to get through his innings. He was behind the eight ball right from the start."

On the other side, the Royals were doing little wrong.

Shields (4-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings, Eric Hosmer drove in a season-high four runs and the Royals won their first series in San Diego.

Shields, who struck out four and walked two, won his fourth straight road start of the season. Since 2013, he is 14-4 in 24 road starts with a 2.00 ERA.

"Any time you got James Shields on the mound and you can strike first and give him a little breathing room, a little leeway, it is a nice thing to have," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Cashner (2-5)was again derailed by an anemic offense and weak defense.