Profar and Shildt ejected after 5-2 loss after Padres fell behind early

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Mike Shildt and umpire Ramon De Jesus during the confrontation that ended the first inning on Saturday. Photo credit: screenshot,

The Padres need a win on Sunday to avoid a sweep of the Blue Jays after a 5-2 loss at Petco Park.

They tried to erase a 4-0 deficit late Saturday, but the rallies, in the seventh and eighth, resulted in just one run per inning.

The Friars had two men in scoring position after Luis Campusano and Eguy Rosario led off the seventh inning with a walk and a double. Xander Bogaerts grounded to short to drive in Campusano, but reliever Yimi García replaced Génesis Cabrera and restored order, allowing both Fernando Tatis Jr. as Jake Cronenworth were eliminated in a row.

With one out in the eighth, José Azocar doubled and scored on a single by Ha-Seong Kim. After Jackson Merrill struckout, Campusano doubled to move Kim to third base. But Rosario grounded out to end the inning.

Bogaerts, Tatis and Cronenworth fell 1-2-3 in the ninth against Blue Jay Jordan Romano.

Overall, the Padres went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position that night, a problem because they immediately fell behind.

Toronto scored three in the first inning off Randy Vásquez, newly called up from Triple-A El Paso, after a costly error by third baseman Graham Pauley, his teammate in El Paso. With two outs and two on, Daulton Varsho made the Padres pay, launching a line drive out of the park for a 3-0 lead.

Another problem: They were without Jurickson Profar and manager Mike Shildt, who were eliminated in the bottom of the first inning on a called third strike by umpire Ramon De Jesus.

Shildt said he “didn’t quite understand” why a silent Profar, who showed his anger at the call by throwing down his bat and then his helmet, was not given a warning by De Jesus before being thrown out.

As for the early deficit, Shildt said: “We definitely got ourselves into trouble. We didn’t help ourselves. We haven’t had enough positive numbers consistently and we haven’t played clean enough.”

The Friars can avoid the sweep and move above .500 with a win on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Joe Musgrove takes the mound against Chris Bassitt. The team leaves after the game and heads to Colorado to start a four-game series.

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