Padres Lose 5-2 to Blue Jays as Vásquez Debuts, Profar Ejected

The Padres fell 5-2 to the Blue Jays, as rookie pitcher Vásquez struggled in his debut and left fielder Profar was ejected, extending San Diego's losing streak to 3 games. Padres manager Shildt praised Vásquez's effort despite the early deficit.

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Padres Lose 5-2 to Blue Jays as Vásquez Debuts, Profar Ejected

Padres Lose 5-2 to Blue Jays as Vásquez Debuts, Profar Ejected

The San Diego Padres fell 5-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at Petco Park, as rookie pitcher Randy Vásquez made his 2024 debut and left fielder Jurickson Profar was ejected in a frustrating loss for the home team.

Vásquez, one of the Padres' top prospects, allowed four runs, one earned, over four innings in his first major league start of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five but was hurt by an error from third baseman Graham Pauley in the first inning that led to three unearned Blue Jays runs.

Toronto jumped out to an early lead when Daulton Varsho launched a three-run homer off Vásquez in the opening frame, capitalizing on Pauley's miscue. Blue Jays starter José Berríos cruised from there, tossing six scoreless innings to earn his fourth win in as many starts this year. Berríos lowered his ERA to 0.85 on the season.

Tensions boiled over for the Padres in the bottom of the first when Profar was rung up on a called third strike by home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus. Profar slammed his bat and helmet to the ground near home plate in protest and was immediately ejected. Padres manager Mike Shildt rushed out to defend his player and was also tossed from the game.

Why this matters: The loss was San Diego's third straight and dropped the preseason NL West favorites to 11-12 on the young season. The Padres' offense has struggled mightily of late, scoring just four total runs over the three-game skid.

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a solo home run in the seventh and Ha-Seong Kim added an RBI single in the eighth, but it was too little, too late for the Padres. Despite the early hole, Shildt praised Vásquez's effort after being put in a tough spot. "He did a really positive job," Shildt said of his young starter having to "cover an extra out."

The Padres will try to salvage the series finale on Sunday and get back to.500. Right-hander Joe Musgrove is scheduled to take the mound against Blue Jays righty Chris Bassitt. But San Diego may have to forge ahead without Profar, who could face a suspension for his ejection and argument with De Jesus.

Key Takeaways

  • Padres lost 5-2 to Blue Jays, rookie Vásquez made debut, Profar ejected
  • Vásquez allowed 4 runs, 1 earned, in 4 innings, hurt by Pauley's error
  • Varsho hit 3-run homer off Vásquez, Berríos tossed 6 scoreless innings
  • Padres' offense struggled, loss dropped them to 11-12 on the season
  • Profar could face suspension for ejection, Padres aim to salvage series finale