Five Good Things Battling The Brew Crew
The Padres staved off another sweep, beating the Brewers 4-5 in the final game of their three game contest on Wednesday. The win put them at 6-15. Last place is not exactly where the want to be yet still only eight games out of division lead. The win snapped a five game skid heading into an important series against the Giants. Here are five good things from this week’s series hosting Milwaukee.
5. Yonder Alonso’s slump-breaking hit streak.
After going zero for the entire series in San Francisco, Yonder responded with a three for eleven performance at Petco, including a hit in each game. With the Padres tied at one in game 2 in the first, Alonso singled in the go-ahead run to give the Padres their first lead since sweeping Los Angeles.
4. Hundley’s heads up base-running.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth on Wednesday night, Edinson Volquez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Nick Hundley to second base. While catcher Jonathon Lucroy fielded the ball and threw the ball to Rickie weeks to retire Volquez at first, Nick Hundley rounded second and headed to third, noticing nobody was covering the bag. Weeks then attempted to throw out Hundley as he raced to third against third baseman Yuniesky Bentancourt, but this throw sailed past, allowing Hundley to easily score and put the Friars up 2-0.
3. Quentin’s Clout.
In the bottom of the fourth on Wednesday Carlos Quentin launched a towering home run into the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Building to put the Padres up, 1-0 en route to their 2-1 win. It was Quentin’s first homer of the season. He had just returned
Tuesday night after serving his eight game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Grienke.
2. Everth Cabrera’s magnificent play.
Everth Cabrera made yet another eye-opening play at shortstop, this time on fast grounder headed for left-center Wednesday. Cabrera snagged the ball diving to his left and popped up immediately in one motion as he spun 180 degrees and fired a one-hop throw to Yonder Alonso to complete the play. It was perhaps the most spectacular play thus far this young season.
1. Edinson Volquez
Number one was easy this series as Edinson Volquez maybe pitched his best outing ever in a Padres uniform, giving up no runs and five hits in seven full innings pitched. He may have struck out only three but he walked ZERO Milwaukee hitters. That’s right. Zero. It was only the fourth time he has done such a thing in 127 career starts. That’s just three percent. So we got to see a rare one Wednesday.
The Padres will look to add to these positives this weekend while hosting the Giants at Petco. I’m calling a series win by the good guys as a little revenge for their disappointing showing last weekend in San Francisco. Please comment whether you agree or disagree and enjoy this weekend’s series.