Five Good Things, Opening Series Edition
Hey there everybody! I’m back and boy am I excited for a new season. After a virtual non-existent offseason topped with suspensions, hunting accidents, and baseball related injuries, there has been very little to be positive about in the world of our Padres. But as the resident optimist of the Friarhood, (to me PetcoPark is half full), it is my job to point the finer things performed by our Padres in a given series. So without further ado, here is the debut of “Five Good Things”.
Number one: Jedd Gyorko’s bat The Padres rookie infielder starts his career with a three-game hit streak. After a double on opening day and a single on Wednesday, Gyorko broke a 0-0 tie with a run scoring double in the fourth in game three, recording his first RBI. Benito Santiago owns the rookie record with 34 consecutive games with a base hit. Hmmm…..
Number two: The long relievers With both Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard delivering disastrous results in each of their first two starts, it was nice to see Anthony Bass and Andrew Cashner able to come in and pitch well when called upon early.
Bass took over for Volquez after the Padres’ number one starter surrendered six runs (all earned) on six hits in just three innings. Bass did give up a run, but only allowed three hits and struck out three while more importantly walking none.
Cashner was equally effective two and two third scoreless innings and two punch outs. He also walked none. Either would be a great candidate to move into the rotation if needed as the season progresses.
Number three: Yonder Alonso
The Padres young first baseman altered his swing in the off-season in hopes to add more power to his game despite leading all rookies in doubles in 2012. Hoping to at least double his home run output of nine from his rookie year, Yonder got off to a good start with a solo clout on Opening Day. After going hitless in game two in below freezing temperatures, Alonso answered back with a pair of singles in Thursday’s win, moving both Padres’ would be runs into scoring position.
Number four: Eric Stults
The Padres most effective starter from a year before stopped the hemorrhaging of runs by starting pitching with five shutout innings on Thursday, striking out seven and walking none. More importantly he stranded three base runners while allowing only four, crucial in a one run game. His start paved the way for these next guys.
Number five: The Penitentiary: 2.0
The Padres short relief was phenomenal throughout the series. Padres’ reliever stranded four runners in Thursday’s win, all while clinging to a one run lead. Luke Gregerson retired all four batters he faced Thursday after a flawless inning pitched on Wednesday. Dale Thayer and Joe Thatcher also contributed a combined inning of scoreless relief. Even Brad Brach contributed two big outs on Thursday after giving four earned runs on a grand slam Monday. Huston Street gave up a home run in his first pitch of the season, but then retired the next three batters he faced to earn his first save in as many chances to preserve a 2-1 win for our Padres.
So those are the positives to take away from the Opening Series in Queens. Hope you enjoy and look for that sliver lining the next three days in Colorado.