Five Good Things: Broomed in Beantown Edition
As the road trip has turned brutal with the Padres losing their season high sixth straight game for the first time this season, I am again tasked to find five good things from this series in Boston. This might be the most daunting one yet but I am up for the challenge. So here they are.
5. Guzman Goes Yard.
Hey Jesus Guzman homered again. Unfortunately his fourth homer followed the pattern of all the other games he homered in, all losses. This time instead of a dramatic game tying or go ahead shot, this one broke up the shutout. And they almost didn’t give it to him as it was originally ruled a ground-rule double when it cleared the Green Monster and ricocheted back onto the field.
4. Carlos Quentin
CQ had a three hit game Wednesday at Fenway starting with a two out single in the first. This was the first of three consecutive singles that brought Quentin in to score the Padres only run of the game. He followed with a two-out double in the third and a leadoff single in the sixth. By series end Carlos raised his average to .269, quite amazing considering he struggled to get it above .200 at the beginning of June.
3. Guzi Goes 3-3
Hey Jesus Guzman made it on the list twice. This is never a good thing because it means I am scraping the bottom of the barrel to find something positive. But Guzi got three hits and a walk in four plate appearances on Thursday. He almost tied the game up in the fifth when he hit the ball a few feet below the top of the Green Monster with two on for a long RBI single, cutting the lead to 4-2. He also collected his ninth double on a line drive to left field in the eighth for his third hit of the day.
2. Looking Snappy at Fenway.
The Padres Fourth of July caps looked pretty sharp with their road grays during Thursday’s game. The hats were gray with a navy blue bill that went very nice with their regular road duds. Slap on some Navy stirrups with white striping and the Friars would have looked like they popped out of a 19th century photo of Fenway park going against the Red Sox in their matching white caps and uniforms. I’m a sucker for baseball fashion so this was appealing to me.
1. The Return of Cabby!
Our leadoff hitter is finally returning on Friday to face the Nationals and the Padres need him very badly. The next man up mentality was working for the Friars but during the losing streak Ciriaco, Forsythe, and Blanks all cooled down considerably. Hopefully the Padres potential All-Star can bring back that spark the Padres need as they try to turn things around before the All Star break.
Even with a sweep of the Nationals this weekend, this road trip will garner a losing record. The Best the Friars can hope for is ending up in third place with a sweep of the Nats while the Rockies, D-Back and Giants, Dodgers beat up on each other. Here’s hoping that’s the case.