Five Good Things: Streak-Stopping Edition
Hey there all my loyal readers, I’m back to find five good things about the series loss against the Rockies in Petco. This task was not as dire as the previous two so we should be able to tell I’m not reaching as much. Here they are.
5. Brad Brach
Brach pitched great in his latest trip up from Tucson, going a solid 1.2 innings giving up goose eggs down the board and striking out three Colorado hitters. He came in on Wednesday as well, striking out the only batter he faced to give himself this nice little line for the series: 2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 4K 0HR. Not too shabby.
4. Alexi Amarista
Alexi was huge in Tuesday’s game knocking in both Padres runs. His first was an RBI triple to give the Padres a 1-0 lead in the third, scoring Everth Cabrera. The second hit was a single in the seventh that scored Nick Hundley and put the Friars ahead, 2-0.
3. Multi-Hit Games
The Padres actually had five multi-hit games from four different players this series. While nobody accomplished the feat on Monday, We saw three people do it Wednesday. There was the aforementioned Little Ninja along with Cabrera and even pitcher Eric Stults. Wednesday’s game saw a repeat performance by Everth along with Chase Headley getting a two-knock night as well.
2. Eric Stults
To say Stultsy was brilliant was an understatement. The Padres had lost 10 straight and were in desperate need of a good start. Stults gave them that and more. Eric went all nine innings allowing only four hits. He walked three and struck out five. Pitching a two hit shutout after eight, Stults gave up a one out double followed by a two out single that brought Bud Black to the mound in a 2-1 game. Buddy left him in though, and Stults rewarded him with a game ending strikeout of Jordan Pacheco for Stults’s second complete game of the year.
1. The Padres Got A “W”!
As sad as this is to be the number one thing in a series, when you hadn’t had one in ten days, it is the obvious choice. The Friars ended their nightmare streak Tuesday night with outstanding pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. This is the hallmark of a Bud Black squad and it did the job to bust the slump that equaled the infamous free-fall of 2010.
So there’s my five. Let me know if you agree or disagree. Also be sure to root hard for our Pads at Petco the next four days as we take on the hated Giants of San Francisco.