San Diego looks for way to stay in series

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “You come in here and everyone’s expecting us to lose three straight,” Roberts said Friday. “If we can win one game and maybe kind of put the pressure on them a little bit and win another game, then things can change. “But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to win one game.” The most notable thing the Padres have done in this series, besides losing ace Jake Peavy to a broken rib, is hit into seven double plays in the first two games in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 8-5 on Tuesday and 6-2 on Thursday. “We haven’t had a lead in two games,” said Roberts, the center fielder and leadoff batter who will be back in the lineup against right-hander Matt Morris. The Padres will counter with right-hander Woody Williams. SAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts knew desperation last October in Boston. Here he is again, facing the possible end to his postseason. ‘We are in a hole, but the hole’s not closed yet. We still have some life,” he said. Williams made four postseason starts for the Cardinals last year, including Game 1 of the World Series against Boston. “Something needs to spark us, and I think that we’ll do something,” Roberts said. “Whether it be a great play or a big hit, a two-out hit, something like that. We haven’t had any of the above. We need to get something like that to kind of get the momentum. “We’ve got a good mind-set. We’re relaxed. Coming into this series we were the underdogs. We’ve got nothing to lose.” The Padres think they’ll need to play more aggressively tonight, especially at spacious Petco Park, where the ball doesn’t carry as well at night and scoring runs can be difficult. “The last thing we want to do is give these guys life to get back in the series,” St. Louis second baseman Mark Grudzielanek said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Roberts and his San Diego Padres will disappear without a trace from the playoffs unless they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of their division series tonight at Petco Park. The Padres won the weak NL West with only 82 victories, and not many people gave them a chance against the Cardinals, who, at 100-62, had baseball’s best record and lead this series 2-0. last_img read more