Five Good Things: Having A Bad Trip Edition
Well our beloved Friars did not enjoy themselves over the last week, losing both series to Cincinnati and Colorado, including one of the most brutal back-to-back losses starting with a 13 inning series deciding heartbreaker at the Great American Ballpark followed by a 14-2 butt-whooping at Coors Field on Monday.
I frankly haven’t seen a trip this bad since Dewey Cox’s relaxation session with the Beatles on his trip to India in the motion-picture masterpiece “Walk Hard”.
The Padres will enjoy some home cooking this weekend starting with a 7 o’clock night game on Thursday. But first let’s reflect on five good things from the last series.
5. Will Venable’s Power Surge.
The Padres streakiest and most polarizing player was at it again in Cincinnati when he homered in consecutive games. He went one for four with a home run in Monday’s loss and followed with a two for four effort on Tuesday, singling in Denorfia in the first and then adding on an insurance run in the eighth with his 15th homer of the season in the Padres 3-1 win.
4. Tyson Ross is Boss.
Tyson Ross has been lights out since returning to the rotation and as Uncle Teddy would say, “he’s here to stay. Ross tamed Cincinnati’s powerful lineup giving up four hits over seven innings. He walked four but got out of several dicey situations, allowing just one run on an RBI single in the first to earn his third win of the year.
3. Ian Kennedy Is Pretty Good.
Ian Kennedy may have not got the win in his second Padres start, but he was more impressive than his winning debut in the previous Sunday’s win over the Yankees. Kennedy absolutely dominated over the first seven and a third innings, allowing just one hit, to opposing starter Mike Leake in the third. But he gave up a single to pinch hitter Zack Cozart and then a line-drive, game-tying homer to Xavier Paul that tied the game, leading to his no-decision and eventual Padres loss.
2. Jaff’s First Big League Hit
Jaff Decker started his first Major League game on Monday and supplied one of the few highlights in the worst Padres game of the season. With the rain coming down in a 8-0 beat down at the hands of the Rockies, Decker launched a ball to right center of Jhoulys Chacon that cleared the fence just as a bolt of lightning filled the sky, making his first big league hit and home run a very memorable and ‘Natural-esque” moment for Friar fans.
1. Gyorko’s Slump Busted
Jedd has officially broken out of his on this trip which saw him manage only five hits in 50 at-bats since returning from the disabled list three games before the all-star break. Gyorko homered twice in Colorado, a solo shot in the ninth on Monday and another in the third of Tuesday’s game. He also had a pinch-hit double during Wednesday’s loss. He has driven in five of the Padres 11 runs in their last four games.
Well there we have it; Five good things. Please comment if you agree with me or the opposite. Hope to see you all active and social on twitter. You can interact with me either on @Jeremy_Nash or @friarhood. Use the hashtag #Friars and as always, Go Padres!