Five Good Things: Brooms In Baltimore
What’s the best way for the Padres to answer back from a painful sweep handed to them by the struggling Rays in dreary Tropicana Field? It’s to sweep the AL Wild Card leading Orioles in beautiful Camden Yards, of course. And our boys did just that with a great come from behind win on Tuesday night followed by an offensive outburst on Wednesday afternoon to take the short series.
Even in a short series, two wins made it easy to find five positives for our Friars. So here goes.
5. Andrew Cashner
The Padres fire-balling right-hander seems to get better with each start. Cashner lasted into the eighth inning allowing only five hits and an earned run on a third inning homer. He struck out only three but walked just one Oriole batter. He did however give up an unearned run in the eighth that put the Padres down 2-1. But he ended up with a no-decision because of the….
4. Padres’ ninth inning rally
The Padres continued their two-out magic on Tuesday. Entering the game they had scored 30 of their 50 runs in 2013 with two outs. They added two more in game one with yet another improbable come from behind win.
The Padres started the inning off with a pair of first pitch singles by Yonder Alonso and Mark Kotsay off of Orioles’ closer Jim Johnson. Jed Gyorko then grounded into a tailor made 6-4-3 double play, all but ending the inning while allowing Alonso to advance to third. It was up to Chris Denorfia to come up with another clutch hit, which he did with a hard groundball up the middle to tie the game.
Nick Hundley then was hit by a pitch, moving the Norf into scoring position and brining up Everth Cabrera. Cabrera then singled up the middle to give the Padres a 3-2 lead they would ultimately hang on to.
3. Jedd Gyorko
The Padres rookie second bagger had a big day on Wednesday, logging three hits to bring his rookie leading total to 36. He also scored two of the Friars eight runs.
2. Everth Cabrera
What could Everth do to top his game winning RBI the night before? How about a 4-5 day at the plate? He also drew a walk, stole a base, scored a run and drove one in, raising his on-base percentage to .341.
1. The Little Ninja that could.
Alexi Amarista was the biggest bat in the Padres big victory on Wednesday, going 3-5 with two doubles and a two-run bomb. He scored every time he reached base for the Friars, forcing Bud Black to find ways to get him into the lineup.
So there are five great things from another great series. The Padres will begin another home stand starting with a four game series with the Nationals beginning Thursday. I got them at least splitting the series against one of the top teams in the National League. But I promise you, members of the congregation, that we will have no problem finding five good things in the upcoming four games.