Five Good Things: St. Louis Tripping Edition
Hey guys, how was your break? Mine was relaxing but it’s great to have baseball back. Hope you enjoyed the games but if you didn’t, here are five things that stood out to me during that last series in St. Louis.
5. Jedd Gyorko.
Jedd was hitless in the final games he played since coming off the DL over the break so it was nice to see him get one each in each of the first two games to shake off the rust. He looked solid on a play to his right on Saturday in which he dove and flung a bullet that appeared to beat the runner by a step. But alas the ump blew the call. Still good to see Jedd looking sharp back on the field.
4. Chase Headley in the Two-Hole
Chase began the second half of the season hitting second for Buddy Black and it seems to pay dividends. He had a pair of five hits over the three games and scored three runs, had an RBI and drew a walk. So far so good, hopefully it gets Chase going.
3. Saturday’s Solid Showing by Bullpen
The Padres Bullpen held on to win a game for the first time I can recall in a while. Edinson Volquez left with a 4-3 lead in the fifth and the Padres threw for straight shutout innings to preserve a 5-3 win. Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer, Joe Thatcher and Huston Street each threw a complete inning without surrendering a hit.
2. Yonder is Back!
Like Gyorko, Yonder had failed to get a hit in his stint back right before the break since he came off the disabled list the same day. He answered back with a huge series, going 2-5 with an RBI on Friday followed by a 1-5 game on Saturday, scoring a run. But he really broke through on Sunday with a three hit game including an RBI single in the first to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.
1. Competing with the Best Team in the National League.
St. Louis really good and they rarely lose AT HOME TO FOR THE Padres to be right in it in all three games was impressive. They came roaring back in a blowout in game one with three runs in the ninth to put the tying run on deck in a 9-6 loss. Then after winning game two, the Padres came back from a two run deficit to cut it to one and even have runners at the corners before Jedd Gyorko fly out to end the game with the tying run 90 feet away.
All in all not a great series but not a terrible one either. The Friars will head to Milwaukee to face the Braunless Brew Crew in four important games that will tell us who we may or may not see come August 1st. Hope to hear from you all during the game tonight.