Five Good Things: Battle of the Bottom Dwellers Edition
Hola amigos. Are you ready for five good things against the hated Giants? Let me assure you that the there were 13 bad things the last game. There were homers by Chase Headley and Ronny Cedeno that almost made the list, however when you give up six, those don’t matter as much. But to make us happy, here’s five from the first two games that won the series.
5. Kennedy Quality Start
Ian Kennedy had another fine game for the Friars, pitching six innings allowing just one run on five hits. His also struck out seven while walking just two, probing himself to be the front-line veteran starter Bud Black has been looking for.
4. Hundley’s Ownage of Barry Zito
I’m including this just because it’s amuzing to me Hundley “owns” anybody. Well he homered off of Zito in the fourth on Monday was his fourth against the San Francisco left-hander. It was also Hundley’s 11th round-tripper this season, extending his career high.
3. Huston Street Dominance Continues
Huston Street has continued his dominating ways, not having given up a run since late June. He notched two more saves (26,27) in the first two games of the series. He had two strikeouts and surrendered just one hit, a two out double in game two.
2. Two-Out RBI’s
The Padres first two victories of the week were not only keyed by solid pitching but also clutch situational hitting, especially with two outs. In Monday’s game, Ronny Cedeno singled to center to put the Padres up 1-0. Then Ian Kennedy walked to bring up Chris Denorfia with the bases loaded. The Padres right-fielder hit a soft liner to right, scoring Cedeno and Logan Forsythe and putting the Padres up 3-0.
Game two had more of the same when Hundley doubled in the fifth to score Kyle Blanks and break up a scoreless tie. Madison Bumgarner then walked Cendeno intentionally to face rookie pitcher Robbie Erlin. Erlin singled in Hundley for his first big-league hit/RBI and put the Friars ahead 2-0.
1. Norftastic Game
Chris Denorfia once again put his fingerprints all over another game, this time shining in Tuesday’s clinching win. Norf made another of his outstanding defensive plays in the top of the second when made a leaping catch against the wall on the Petco Porch, robbing Joaquin Arias of at least extra bases and possibly a scoreless tie breaking homerun.
Then with the game tied at two and runners on the corners with one out, Norf lined an two-strike fastball to left, knocking in the go-ahead run for the Padres in the series deciding game.
So there’s my five. It was nice to take the series from a top rival and maybe contribute to the prevention of a last place finish. Remember to cheer on our Padres as we head to the stretch run of this last month.