Five Good Things: House of Horrors Edition
The Padres visited their house of horrors that is Chase Field in Arizona of the weekend and lost two of three to the Diamondbacks. They led for the majority of game one until Stults and company surrendered a five-run seventh. After a blowout win for the Friars in the second contest, the dropped the rubber match on Sunday 6-5, never being able to overcome an early deficit.
Despite that, there were easily five good things to come from that series. They are the following:
Carlos seemed to had broken out of his season long funk in a major way, going 3-3 on Friday with two doubles. On Saturday he scored two runs and then followed it with a2-4 Sunday with a homer and two RBI. After floundering under the Mendoza line all season CQ raised his average to .218.
4. Saturday’s Two Out Rally
Just like they seemed to have done all season, the Friars dealt their biggest blow with two down in the fourth trailing 4-2 with a Quentin on second. Three consecutive singles by Yonder Alonso, Nick Hundley & Andrew Cashner found the game tied. Then back-to-back doubles by Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera found the Padres suddenly ahead 7-4. They would go on to win 10-4.
3. Yonder’s Glove
Alonso ended game two in the best of fashions. With Gerardo Parra on first with a one-out single, Eric Hinske hit a rocket grounder to the right side ahead of the runner that was snagged by the Padres’ young first baseman. Alonso wisely cut off and tagged Parra and then tagged first base for the game-ending unassisted double play. It was some kind of nice.
2. Andrew Cashner
Cashner’s potential is becoming reality right before our eyes. Another tremendous effort on Saturday earned him his fourth win of the year. He got into trouble early allowing four runs in three innings, he retired 10 straight Arizona batters. His final line was four runs, all earned in six innings pitched on nine hits. He struck out five with no walks, allowing a two-run homer to Eric Chavez in the first.
1. Everth Cabrera
Cabby has been doing it all for the friars this year whether it be making the spectacular play on the field or tearing up the base paths, the Padres’ shortstop has really grown in 2013. But one thing they didn’t count on was his pop at the plate. Cabrera hit his third homer on Friday and then his fourth on Saturday. In fact in game two he singled, homered, and doubled in his first three at-bats to complete three legs of the cycle in just the fourth. He would however groundouts and reach on an error in his final two at-bats falling short.
All in all there were several positives to take from the series. The Padres seem primed to take on the Mariners the next four days to defend their Vedder Cup title as they take on the Mariners for two games in miserably raining Seattle before flying home for two more in sunny San Diego.
Remember to us the hashtags #VedderCup & #IHateTheMarinersSooooooooMuch (that’s eight O’s, kids) when participating in the most exciting series of the year.