Five Good Things: Meh in Miami Edition
Yikes, boys and girls. Yikes. There is nothing fun about dropping three straight to lose a long series after winning the first one. But our boys must power on during this ten game road trip that continues into a seven game home stand without a day off until the All-Star break. So we must put this long series behind us, but first let’s reflect on these five good things.
5. Forsythe’s Fantastic Friday.
Logan Forsyth paced the Padres offense that scored nine runs by getting three hits in four at bats. He scored one run while knocking in three. His two run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie to give the Friars the lead for good on their way to a 9-2 win.
4. Carlos Quentin’s Day Off.
Carlos Quentin had a scheduled day off on Sunday and I’m sure he had plenty of plans. Whether he would be posing as Chicago’s sausage king to sneak into upscale French restaurant Chez Quis or lip-synching Twist and Shout in a random mid-day parade, you know CQ was going to make the most of it. Unfortunately ‘Los had to cut his day short when Bud Black called him to pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh with one on and one out down two. With one swing Quentin launched a deep fly ball off the top and over the wall in left-center to tie the game. Unfortunately Jeff Mathis crashed the Padres metaphorical 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California out the back of the garage with his walkoff Grand Slam in the ninth.
3. Burch Smith Is Nails!
Nails, I tell you! Well maybe not quite but he sandwiched this series with two nice outing of relief in a couple of blowouts. He threw two scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just a hit with a walk and punch-out in the Padres win. He did the same over one inning on Monday, minus the walk in the Marlins 4-0 win.
2. Beard Power!
Andrew Cashner continues his impressive play showing off all of his skills in each of his starts. Not only did Cashner go six innings allowing just two runs and five hits, he also bunted for the first hit of the game to lead off the third when he saw third baseman Ed Lucas playing rather deep. These were great but the Cashner’s most impressive feat came in the bottom of the fifth with one out. Nathan Eovaldi hit a slow chopper to the first base side that leaped off the mound and pounced on like a puma with a diving snag before he popped up and then made the putout himself with a popup slide into first base. It. Was. Awesome.
1. Volqui No Walky.
That’s not true, but Edinson only issued a single free pass on Friday. One! Add eight K’s and only two runs given up and you have Volquez evening his record at 6-6 and earning top honors this week.
So there we have it ladies and gents, our five good things from a very bad series. I guess even when San Diego is losing, there’s always a reason to smile.