Ten days passed before Robbie Erlin stepped onto the mound for his first start of the season. The wait was worth it. Faced with the prospect of a sweep to close a disappointing road trip, the 23-year-old left-hander paired six strong innings with a rare timely hit from his offense’s slumbering bats as the Padres escaped Progressive Field with a 2-1 win over the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. Chase Headley gave the Padres their first lead of the series on a soft single to left with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Joaquin Benoit got three quick outs after Mike Aviles’ leadoff single in the eighth and closer Huston Street survived a shaky ninth to salvage a day that began with a 2-0 loss to the Indians. Even with a win in Game 2, the Padres were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and are hitting .133 (10-for-75) in that department while opening the season with six losses in their first nine games. Trevor Bauer didn’t make things easier on anyone Wednesday. Neither did Zach McAllister. The two right-handers combined for 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings over their starts, with McAllister striking out seven over 7 2/3 frames in an early game that saw the Padres shut out for the second time on this road trip. Not that they didn’t have their chances to do damage, as they have for much of the early parts of the season. But Cleveland reliever Cody Allen struck out Seth Smith to end the eighth with runners on first and second and closer John Axford retired Will Venable and Xavier Nady with runners on second and third to preserve a dominant effort from McAllister.
Padres avoid sweep in Cleveland
San Diego Union-Tribune | Apr 10