ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)The Padres paraded pitchers to the mound because they really didn’t have much choice.
San Diego set a postseason record Thursday night by using 11 pitchers in a 12-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who swept the best-of-five NL Division Series.
The Padres finished with a majors-leading 38 innings from the bullpen in six playoff games and had 51 total appearances from their hurlers. San Diego got just one inning from its top two starters in the postseason.
Mike Clevinger skipped the wild-card series against St. Louis and left two pitches into the second inning of LA’s 5-1 win in Game 1 of the NLDS because of an elbow injury the right-hander had been trying to pitch through.
Dinelson Lamet was left off the postseason roster in both rounds after the right-hander experienced biceps tightness in his final start of the regular season Sept. 25.
”We’re not in the business of looking at it like that,” rookie manager Jayce Tingler said. ”What more can you ask when guys are working and they lay every single thing that they had out there? We just weren’t maybe as crisp as we needed to be.”
The Padres were the first team to use nine pitchers in three straight games in the regular season or playoffs, doing it in the final two wild-card games and the Division Series opener.
San Diego did it one better in the finale, reaching double digits without extra innings for the first time in postseason history when Garrett Richards came on in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal became the 11th, allowing a pair of two-run hits in the ninth.
Four of the first five pitchers used by Tingler in Game 3 allowed runs, including three off starter and loser Adrian Morejon, then three more against his replacement, Craig Stammen.
Luis Patino and Dan Altavilla – the roster replacement for Clevinger – allowed a run apiece. Matt Strahm, Austin Adams, Emilio Pagan, Drew Pomeranz and Richards held LA scoreless before Rosenthal opened the ninth.
”When you lose your top two guys at the end of the season going into the postseason, you’re behind the eight ball,” outfielder Wil Myers said. ”But the thing that we were able to do is we were able to continue what we’ve done all year and keep fighting back.”
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