Instant Replay: Padres 8, Phillies 2

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Instant Replay: Padres 8, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

The Phillies’ three-game winning streak came to an end in a lopsided 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Hard-throwing right-hander Andrew Cashner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings for the win.

The Phillies had just two hits entering the eighth inning. They had five in the final two innings and were out-hit, 13-7, for the night.

San Diego has won four in a row.

Starting pitching report
Tyler Cloyd pitched four-plus innings -- he did not get an out in the fifth -- and allowed nine hits and seven runs. Cloyd is 2-4.

Cashner had five 1-2-3 innings. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Cashner is 9-8.

Bullpen report
Hard-throwing right-hander Ethan Martin, moved to the bullpen after struggling as a starter, saw his first work as a reliever. He needed just 10 pitches -- all strikes -- to get through a perfect sixth inning.

Dale Thayer and Brad Brach had trouble closing the door on the Phillies. Luke Gregerson got the final three outs.

At the plate
Cody Asche provided the Phillies’ first run run with a solo homer in the fifth. It came on a 2-2 changeup.

Chase Utley had a double in the fourth. Kevin Frandsen doubled in the ninth.

Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley both had three hits for San Diego. Headley, Ronny Cedeno and Rene Rivera all drove in two runs.

Lineup stuff
Catcher Cameron Rupp made his first big-league start. He beat out a slow roller in the eighth for his first big-league hit. Rupp stumbled to the ground as he reached first base and received a nice ovation from the crowd.

The paid attendance was 29,242.

Health check
Roy Halladay hasn’t been feeling well, so he will move back a day and pitch Thursday night. Domonic Brown, recovering from a sore right Achilles tendon, is ramping up his rehab (see story).

Up next
Lefties Cliff Lee (12-6, 3.01) and Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) are the pitchers in Wednesday night’s game.

Cuban ballplayers mourn loss of Jose Fernandez

Cuban ballplayers mourn loss of Jose Fernandez

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when the two were growing up in Cuba. They traveled together to Venezuela for a youth tournament.

Soler said Fernandez's ability was obvious, right from the start.

"Since he was a child, since we were kids, I knew he had something," Soler said through a translator. "He had a talent. It was very impressive."

Fernandez's death in a boating accident at the age of 24 cast a dark shadow over the major leagues on Sunday. Miami's home game against Atlanta was canceled, and several ballparks observed moments of silence. Wrigley Field's iconic hand-operated scoreboard displayed Fernandez's No. 16 in its pitching column next to Miami.

But the loss of Fernandez was felt most acutely in baseball's growing Cuban community.

"He was one of those guys that everybody loved," St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena said. "He was one of those guys that everybody knew exactly what he meant to our community. For us, it's a big, big loss. It's one of those things where our thoughts and prayers are obviously with his family, the Marlins' organization and the fans. But it gets a little bit closer because he was part of our Cuban family."

There were 23 Cubans on opening-day major league rosters this year, an increase of five over last season and the most since the commissioner's office began releasing data in 1995. Many of the players share similar stories when it comes to their perilous journey from the communist country to the majors, and the difficulty of adjusting to life in the United States.

A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernandez was unsuccessful in his first three attempts to defect, and spent several months in prison. At 15, Fernandez and his mother finally made it to Mexico, and were reunited in Florida with his father, who had escaped from Cuba two years earlier.

He was drafted by the Marlins in 2011, and quickly turned into one of the majors' top pitchers.

"How he was on the mound was a reflection of him," Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso said. "A guy who had a lot of fun, was himself. A very talkative guy, he would come into the room and you'd know he was in the room. Never big-leagued anyone, very professional. No matter what, he would talk to you about hitting, because he thought he was the best hitter, and he (would) talk to you about pitching, because he thought he was the best pitcher."

Alonso said Fernandez's death was "a big-time shock." Yasiel Puig used torn pieces of white athletic tape to display Fernandez's jersey on the wall in the home dugout at Dodger Stadium. Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz, who had known Fernandez since they were little kids, declined an interview request through a team spokeswoman.

"We Cuban players know each other well and all of us have a great relationship," Pena said. "For us, it's devastating news when we woke up. We were sending text messages to each other and we were showing support. It's something that obviously nobody expects."

Fernandez, who became a U.S. citizen last year, also was beloved for his stature in the Cuban community in Miami.

"He was a great humanitarian," Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said through a translator. "He gave a lot to the community and I think that's why he got a lot of respect from the community in terms of what a great person he was and always giving, in terms of always willing to help out in whatever way he can to try to better and progress within the community someone that perhaps wasn't as fortunate as he was."

The 28-year-old Chapman lives in the Miami-area in the offseason. He said he spent some time with Fernandez while he was home.

"He would come by my house. I would go by his," Chapman said. "We would have long conversations. We would talk a lot. We spent a lot of good amount of time together. It was very special for me."

Phillies' clubhouse reflects on life of Marlins' Jose Fernandez

Phillies' clubhouse reflects on life of Marlins' Jose Fernandez

NEW YORK — The clubhouse mood following the Phillies17-0 loss to the Mets Sunday was somber, in part because of the disastrous game that had just wrapped up, but also because of the tragic news of Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

“It was rough. People are devastated. I didn’t even know him and I was crushed,” Phillies starter Jake Thompson said. “I can only imagine how that clubhouse feels. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, to deal with something of that magnitude.”

Both teams paused for a moment of silence before Sunday’s game and the Mets taped a jersey bearing Fernandez’s name and number onto their dugout wall.

“This morning, that was quite a surprise,” manager Pete Mackanin said of the atmosphere of the day. “I don’t think it affected the players once the game started. It was such bad news this morning that everybody was kind of melancholy.”

Fernandez had built a strong track record against the Phillies in his young career, amassing a 2.88 ERA in six starts.

“It’s kind of cliché to say but you look at the start of his career and he could have been a Hall of Famer,” Thompson said.

Asked how he would remember facing Fernandez, Mackanin was succinct.

“He was a helluva pitcher,” he said.

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