Five Good Things from Rockies’ Second Sweep
Oh geez, that was a rough one. The Padres got swept again by the Rockies to end their opening home stand and I’m charged with the task of coming up with five good things. So here goes.
5. Yonder Alonso
Yonder continues to impress at the plate as he hit safely in all three games including a game tying two-run homer on Friday. He finished the series flirting with .300, hitting .295 going into Monday’s game.
4. Standing O for Q
Because of Alonso’s homer, Quentin didn’t get a proper introduction from the Padres public address announcer as Quentin was already in the box as Alonso rounded the bases. But in his next three at-bats he got a swell of support from the Petco crowd. It was nice to see the Padres fans show him their appreciation after he had been villianized by the national media in the prior 24 hours.
3. Clayton Richard
Clayton Richard came out and did everything he possibly could to snap the Padres four game losing streak. His six innings of scoreless work, highlighted by only two hits and four strikeouts, was all in vain as his replacement Dale Thayer gave up a walk and then the game deciding home run when he took over from Richard in the seventh. It didn’t help that the Padres didn’t score in runs until the bottom of the ninth as well.
2. E-Cab flirts with the Cycle.
Everth Cabrera turned a very unwatchable game into an exciting one when he fell just a double short of achieving the first cycle in team history. He started the game off with triple to the left field corner. His RBI single in the third cut the lead to 5-2.
After grounding out in the fifth, he homered to centerfield to cut the lead to 9-4, leaving him just a double away from immortality.
But in the bottom of the ninth he sent a ground ball up the middle for a single, falling short. I personally would’ve liked to see him try for second just for the fun of it, but with the Padres trailing by four, he did the right thing and stayed on first.
1. The Return of Benito Santiago.
Finding five things in a series like this can be tough but this one was a no-brainer for me. I got to see my boyhood hero Benito Santiago throw out the first pitch and present Chase Headley with both the silver slugger and gold glove awards on Saturday.
Benito was wearing a number nine brown pinstripe late eighties home jersey that he wore during his Rookie of the year campaign.
Seeing this prompted the idea I should start a grass-roots movement to get Benito’s number atop the batter’s eye where it belongs. Benito technically wore two numbers, so I’m going with the innovative (and ridiculous) oh-nine (09) he wore in the nineties. It’s always nice to make your own fun when things aren’t exactly going smooth for your squad. All you need is your imagination and a hashtag. This weekend, mine was #Retire09. Though this is very farfetched I’m saying it needs to be done.
So there you have it, five things that made this weekend not too bad while trying to enjoy Padres baseball. Hope they will be a little more obvious this week in Los Angeles.