Five Good Things: Spankin’ the Yanks Edition
Hola, amigos. Did you happen to catch any games this weekend? I did. Some team named the Padres straight embarrassed the most decorated team in American sports two games out of three. It was glorious my friends. A little David v. Goliath to start off the first weekend in August is nice. So here are my five good things from that series.
5. Padres Power!
The Padres won big 7-2 on Friday and also hit three home runs, all solo shots. The first was Logan Forsythe, who launched his fifth off C.C Sabathia. Jedd Gyorko homered for the first time in two months (granted he missed 30 games due to injury) off Juba Chamberlain in the seventh and Will Venable knocked in his team-leading 13th in the eighth off of reliever Adam Warren. The Padres also knocked their other four other runs with two outs. Beautiful batsmanship (that a word?) by the Friars.
4.Yonder Alonso Hit Parade.
Yonder Alonso has been on an absolute hitting tear since the All-Star break, hitting over .400 in the last five series. He started off Friday night’s game going 2-4 with a bases-loaded walk in the first that put the Padres ahead, 1-0. He followed it up with a 1-4 effort on Saturday before going hitless on Sunday. He’s raise his average from .268 to .293 in that stretch.
3. Everth’s Four Hit Game.
Everth Cabrera was playing like it was his last home stand (it was for this year at least) and really came out gangbusters Friday night with a career high four hits. He started the game off with a leadoff single and then singled again with two out in the second. With a runner on and two out in the fourth, he tripled to put the Padres up 4-2. He later singled in the sixth before grounding out in the eighth.
2. Ian Kennedy’s debut.
Oh boy was Ian Kennedy dominant in his debut. He at one point was out away form completing six innings allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out six with just two walks. Problem is he never got that last out, walking two batters and then giving up two hits to inflate those numbers to 5.2IP, 4H 2R 2ER 4BB 6K. All in all, though, good numbers leading to the Padres series-clinching 6-3 win.
1. Andrew Cashner is a Bad Man.
By that I mean bad as in good. Y’know, like Muhammad used to say. The Cashman went seven full, giving up only two runs on seven hits. He only struck out two but he walked zero. He also singled with two out in the fourth and then scored easily from first on Cabrera’s triple. He really is a treat to watch every start.
So those are my five. I hope to see an equally great a played series this Tuesday when the Pads host the O’s for a quick 2 game contest. Until then, be social and talk some ball on twitter. You can converse with me on either the @Jeremy_Nash or @friarhood accounts.