PHOENIX -- Are the D-backs about out of patience with Armando Galarraga?
The right-hander bristled at the question of whether he was worried about his spot in the rotation, but after another subpar start resulted in an 8-4 loss to the Padres on Monday night, it is one that no doubt is being asked by manager Kirk Gibson and his coaching staff.
Galarraga was not the only area of concern for the D-backs, who made a pair of errors in the field and were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
"He didn't pitch very well at all, didn't set a very good tone for us," Gibson said. "Really didn't have much tonight at all. No location, the [Ryan] Ludwick home run was an 0-2 pitch. Just did not have a good performance at all.
"We didn't play well at all, two errors in an inning, a couple of mental errors, so we'll have to talk about that as well."
Galarraga (3-4) allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings of work.
"I have to locate my fastball better," Galarraga said.
The numbers for Galarraga are not pretty:
He has a 5.91 ERA and has allowed 13 homers this season, which is the most in the Major Leagues.
He has lasted five or fewer innings three times this year.
The Padres' eight runs matched his career high.
After Galarraga's previous start, in which he suffered a loss to the Giants, Gibson said emphatically that Galarraga would get another.
Gibson seemed less convinced on Monday when asked if Galarraga was in danger of losing his job.
"We just lost the game, he didn't pitch well," Gibson said. "We have conversations after every game, so you'll have to get back to me on that. We've talked about accountability, so I think that we talk all the time, and certainly it would seem fair that we talk about it."
With a bit of ire, Galarraga reacted a little differently.
"Why would I be worried?" he said. "Something I have to worry about? You think I have to be worried about it? You think? We'll talk about it at the end of the season. I'm disappointed for this start. I'm not disappointed for the rest of the season. What are you talking about? Are you saying I'm going to lose my job?"
The Padres jumped on Galarraga for two runs in the first inning thanks to RBIs from Cameron Maybin and Ryan Ludwick.
One inning later, sloppy defense by the D-backs allowed the Padres to score three unearned runs and take a 5-0 lead. Second baseman Ryan Roberts and shortstop Stephen Drew both committed errors and Galarraga was unable to pick up his mates, allowing a two-run double to Jason Bartlett and an RBI single off the bat of Chase Headley.
"Today the slider was a little flat and there were a couple of mistakes right down the middle," said catcher Henry Blanco. "That's not what you want in a game. I think he was very disappointed in his start. We couldn't get anything to work. Hopefully next start it will be better."
Blanco did what he could offensively, smacking two homers for the fourth time in his career and the first since April 11, 2009.
"I just got pitches to hit, but every time you lose, I don't think anything counts," said Blanco, who doubled his total of two long balls from a year ago.
The Padres increased their lead to seven runs in the fifth, thanks in part to a two-run homer by Ludwick.
"A lot of it has to do with how everyone's swinging good," Ludwick said. "Seeing everyone around you hitting helps, that's the most important thing. Especially the way we were going the first couple weeks of the season."
The D-backs had chances to climb back in the game, but they couldn't cash in their opportunities.
"We were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position," Gibson said. "It's something that's been nagging at us recently. We're going to keep fighting through it. The thing where you can tell they're pressing is we had four strikeouts with runners in scoring position. We have to be better at it. You gotta find a way to shorten your swing up, make contact, don't miss your pitch in those situations."