Five Good Things: The Mile High Five Five diamonds in a very rough end to opening road trip.
As the Padres left Colorado after three straight losses and a 1-5 record, some might say it is hard to find any positives from a very disappointing road trip to start the season. The team, who most figured would struggle offensively without Headley, Grandal and Forsythe available, did just that. But I was able to find five good things and here they are.
5. Starting pitching
The starters, which were very bad in the first series save Eric Stults, were much better. Jason Marquis pitched well for six innings, surrendering only two earned runs, after three came across the plate in the third after Everth Cabrera’s two out error. Tyson Ross surrendered only two earned runs himself but was unable to get an out in the fifth, having thrown 96 pitches at that point. Edinson Volquez had a rough first inning, surrendering three runs but settled down after that, allowing only one more through six full innings. Most importantly he walked only one batter.
4. Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko had his hit streak snapped at three with a three strikeout hitless performance on Friday. But the rookie recovered nice with three hits the next two games, including two RBIs in Saturdays contest. His RBI double in the eighth gave him three so far on the year.
3. Dale Thayer
The Padres setup man added another scoreless outing to this season’s stat total pitching the sixth on Saturday. He may have walked four of the 12 batters he faced this year, but the remainder has gone hitless against him while striking out three times.
Quentin raised his average to .308 overall after going three for eight over the weekend. He just missed his first homer of the year when he launched one of the top of the wall in the eighth Friday, resulting in a RBI double. He also went two for three with two runs scored on Saturday before grounding out to third pinch-hitting on Sunday with two on and the Friars down three.
1. Mark Kotsay!
Get this guy some more at-bats, stat. He’s tearing up the league, with two singles on Sunday to raise his average to a whopping .556. Though he hasn’t driven in a run and has only score one, his five singles and one walk give him a whopping 1.156 OPS, keeping right-handers across the league awake at night.
So there are five positives from last series. Hopefully this series will have a lot more obvious good things to reflect on, but the home opener itself will probably fill that. If you’ve never been to Opening Day, get there somehow, some way. I took my oldest daughter in 2011 and it was an amazing experience that I’m very luck to have partaken in.
That said I’ll see you in a few days. Thanks for reading and go Padres!!!