Five Good Things: Snake Stomping Edition
Crazy busy day today bat the ol’ J-O-B but I wanted to touch base with you all, albeit quickly. So long story short, here’s my five good things from the former” house of horrors” and now current ‘home sweet, home”, Chase Field.
5. Andrew Cashner
Cashner got into a world of trouble again in the first inning of Saturday’s game loading the bases with only one out before inducing a spectacular 6-3 double play on a grounder to Everth Cabrera that he fielded, tagged second and made a great leaping throw over a hard sliding Eric Chavez.
Cashner then settled into a great outing in which he had a final line of 6IP 4H 3R 3ER 5BB 5K 2HR. He took one deep himself in the sixth for his first of the year.
4. Yonder’s Big Day.
Yonder Alonso had a big afternoon at the plate going 3-5 and tying his career RBI single game high of four. His biggest hit was a bases clearing double with two outs and two strikes to give the Padres a 5-1 lead en route to a 12-3 blowout, Saturday night.
3. Back to Back Jacks
Facing Tyler Skaggs with a runner on in the fourth Chris Denorfia absolutely crushed a fastball into the second deck in left field to put the Friars up 7-1. Not to be outdone, Chase Headley followed it up with another shot, albeit not as far, for back to back homers by the Friars’ 2-3 hitters.
2. Winning Another Series.
The Friars began the second half of the season losing two of three in St. Louis in what looked to be the start of a long road trip. It turned into a great one as they took three of four from Milwaukee before taking the last two in a three game set in Phoenix, solidifying a winning trip of 6-4.
1. Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross was the boss (pun intended) as he absolutely dominated the Diamondback hitters. Taking the mound in the top of the first with a one run lead, Ross never pitched from behind as he allowed only three hits and a walk to Arizona over eight complete innings. He almost struck out one batter an inning punching out seven Diamondbacks. He turned the ball over to Huston Street in the ninth who recorded his save number 19.
So there they are folks. My five. Leave comments for your five and be sure to watch the Friars take on the Redlegs at Petco this week starting at 7:10 on Monday night.