Five Good Things: Standings Shuffle Edition
The Padres went from everything going their way and a climb into second place in the NL West to losing two games at a very inopportune time as they fell back to fourth place after Sunday’s loss. I joked with my friends that Thursday’s game had five good things in it from the get go and that we wouldn’t need any other games. Well luckily we got a good one on Friday to add a little more. So in the aftermath of what turned into a bit of a letdown of the series that saw the Padres reach second place before falling to third and then fourth, here are five good things to take from it.
5. Andrew Cashner
Andrew Cashner turned in yet another dominating performance on Sunday, going eight full innings allowing only five hits and a run. He walked just one batter while striking out two. The game also featured three very nice defensive plays by Andrew. He also flashed his wheels on the base paths by beating out the throw by third baseman Juan Uribe with an infield single in the third.
4. Pedro Ciriaco (again)
For the second straight series Mr. Ciriaco has performed well enough to make the list. As goes Pedro, so go the Friars. As evidenced by his two great games to start the series before falling off in the last two losses.
Pedro was the star of Thursday’s win, scoring in the fifth to give the Padres the lead 2-1 and breaking another tie in the seventh with an RBI triple. He then clobbered a two run homer in the eight to put the Friars up 6-2. He went one for three with a stolen base against Clayton Kershaw in Friday’s win as well.
3. Stauffer & Ross
When Clayton Richard went down after two pitches Friday night it seemed to spell certain doom for the Friars and their nine-game home win streak, facing Kershaw and the Dodgers. But the Padres long relievers saved the day again, this time combining for seven innings allowing only one run on six hits. Stauffer pitched the first four and Ross the next three, walking only four and striking out five.
2. Home Runs.
Yeah chicks dig the long ball, and the Padres provided a few over the weekend. In game one, Ciriaco went yard in the eighth as noted before. Game two featured a game tying solo shot of Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the first. It was Denorfia’s fifth of the season. Sunday featured a moon shot by Carlos Quentin into the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Building to tie the game in the seventh.
1. Thursday’s Defensive Showcase
You think the chicks dig the long ball? It’s nothing compared to how much the love the “D”. And the Padres defense was exciting to say the least in game one. Logan Forsythe made an amazing leaping backhanded snag before tumbling to the ground robbing Mark Ellis in shallow right with none out in the seventh. The next batter Elian Herrera hit a foul ball that was tailing into the stands in left field before the Norf also made a full extension backhanded grab before tumbling head over heels into the stands. But the Alexi Amarista saved the best for last. With two out in the top of the eighth and the Padres clinging to a 4-2 lead with a runner on, Juan Uribe hit a low line drive to right center that looked to be dropping for extra bases. But out of nowhere the Little Ninja came rushing in at full speed from left center in time to make an amazing head first diving catch, snagging the ball inches above the ground for the third out.
With this series split behind us we can focus on the visiting Phillies for the next three games, Here’s to hoping that the number one “good thing” after this series is the Friars winning the series and again climbing the NL West ladder. So if you can, get out to the yard and support our boys the next three days of this very exciting 2013 season.