Five Good Things: Brooming the Braves
Greetings friends of the Friars, it is I, the resident Padres optimist to give you your reasons to celebrate the last series played in a positive manner. Well sweeping the NL East division leaders is a great and easy way to do so. So here are my five.
5. LoFo is back.
Excuse the nickname but I love it and Logan Forsythe proved he’s a bad LoFo when he homered over the centerfield wall in his first at bat of 2013. He finished the game 2-2, with two runs scored and a walk.
4. Chase Headley.
Chase has been in a terrible slump at the plate this year but is slowly coming around. He put the Padres ahead in Game one of the series with an RBI groundout after Alexi Amarista’s triple in the top of the first. He then hit a solo homer in the top of the first into the whiskey deck in game two, tying the game. In game three he went 1-4 with a run scored, also starting an amazing double play diving to his left to snag a grounder before throwing to second. The play saved at least one run as two men were on and ended the Braves three hit rally that cut the lead to 3-1. Padres’ announcers Andy Masur and Jerry Coleman referred to it as a turning pint of the game, helping secure the 5-3 victory.
3. Will Venable
Venable clobbered his team leading seventh homerun on Monday with two men on to put the Padres up 5-0. This proved to be very important when the Braves came roaring in the eighth and ninth in the Padres 7-6 victory
2. CQ is on fi-yah!
Carlos Quentin has become the rock in the middle of the order the Padres have been waiting for all year. In the opener he went 1-4, but scored a run. The next day he went 1-3, with an RBI single to left on the first pitch of the at-bat from Tim Hudson to give the Pads a 3-1 lead. In the final game he reached base on an error in the first and came around to score on LoFo’s two-run single, putting the Friars up 3-0. His defense has also been remarkably good, making several hustle plays in the last couple weeks.
1. Starters step up.
After the unexplained outbreak of extra-inning games the last few series, the Friars desperately needed their starters to eat up innings. Unfortunately this was something they had not consistently done at all this season. But amazingly the did exactly what was needed of them as all three starters went at least seven innings. Marquis started it off on Monday allowing only two runs on five hits in seven and two-thirds pitched. Andrew Cashner then went eight innings with only two runs allowed on five hits. Volquez closed out the sweep with only one run allowed on six hits in seven innings. Buddy Black could not have been happier with the outcome.
So there we have it folks, five things to make you smile. The Friars look to do some damage in the division starting with a three game series with Arizona at Petco Park starting Friday. Be sure to tune in and be social on twitter during the game using the hashtag #friarsidechat.
See you then and Go Padres!