Five Good Things: Swept Away By The Bay.
That, my friends, was not a pretty series to watch. After sweeping the Dodgers, our beloved friars went into San Francisco and got swept. I was in attendance at Saturday’s game and believe me it was not my favorite experience. But I am charged to find five good things from a series in which we lost on a walk-off followed by two shutouts; so here goes.
5. Edinson’s Quality Start.
Yes Edinson Volquez turned out his best pitching performance this season, giving up only two runs on eight hits. He walked only three while striking out just as many. They effort earned him a no-decision as the game was tied when he was replaced by Dale Thayer to start the seventh.
4. Christ Denorfia’s hitting.
The Norf doubled on Friday to lead off the game and came around on a sac fly to give the Padres their only lead of the series, 1-0 in the first. He also doubled with two outs in the eight. Though he went 2-8 the entire series, he still was hitting .346 at series end.
3. Near Triple-Play.
After two singles to start the bottom of the sixth, Madison Bumgarner was looking to bunt both runners over before he pulled his bat backed and slapped a ground-ball right past the charging Chase Headley at third. But Everth Cabrera cleanly fielded the ball, and tagged Brandon belt and fired the ball to second base to force out Gregor Blanco. Jedd Gyorko then threw a one-hopper to first that was two difficult for Yonder Alonso to scoop, negating an amazing triple-play.
2. ECab’s Sweet Saturday.
Everth was all over the place Saturday night, going 2-3 with a double, raising his average to .302. He topped it off making an amazing running catch in shallow left field snagging a pop up that was tailing towards the foul line for the third out. He left San Francisco hitting .316 on the year, likely solidifying himself in the leadoff role.
1. Chase’s First Homer.
The most positive thing I can find from last weekend was Chase’s first round tripper of the year, a game-tying blast to center with two outs in the sixth. As mentioned earlier, he had a sac fly in the first, making him responsible for batting in all runs the Padres scores over the weekend.
Well we did it. We got five things. A 3-3 road trip is not disastrous by any means, but is very disappointing after winning first three. Here’s to the Padres finding some comfort at home in Petco and winning the Series against the Brewers. I’ll raise a mug to that.