Five Good Things: Wisconsin Winning Ways Edition
Greetings, scores and scores of Padres fans it is I, Dr. Optimist, with the subscription to your daily blues. It’s Five Good Things from Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for “The Good Land”. The Padres came in through a bunch of hullaballoo in which the talk of the town was about Ryan Braun accepting a 65 game suspension for long suspected performance enhancing drug use. So our Friars snuck in, won three and continued on this trip to start the second half. Here’s my five faves over the last four days.
5. Andrew Cashner
The Cashman started his game off with a shaky first inning when he allowed two runs and had Tim Stauffer warming up in the bullpen before he escaped a bases-loaded jam inducing a groundout to short. He then gave up another run in the fifth as the Brewers pushed the lead to 4-1.
But in the top of the sixth, his bunt single led off the rally that four run rally that gave the Padres a 5-3 lead and Cashner his sixth win. His final line was: 6IP 3H 3R 3BB 6K 0HR.
4. Kotsay All Day!
Mark Kotsay had been struh-guh-ling and was 0-25. So what does Buddy Black aka baseball’s Stephen Hawking do? He starts him left and the grizzled veteran responds with three hits, a RBI and a run scored. Leading by example.
3. Yonder Alonso
Yonder had yet another nice series starting it off by going 2-3 with an RBI and two stolen base on Tuesday. Though he failed to get a hit in the Padres’ loss Wednesday, he had two hits, including a two run double and a run scored in Thursday’s series taking win.
2. Jesus Guzman
Move over Chase Headley, the Padres might have a new savior. Ol’ Buddy sat Yonder Alonso and his 12 game road hitting streak on Monday in favor of Jesus Guzman and his hot bat. Guzman didn’t let him down with a solo homer that cut the lead down to 2-1. Then after Carlos Quentin’s bases loaded two-run double in the sixth, Guzman doubled in two more to give the Friars a 5-3 advantage.
Guzman then hit a two-run pinch hit home run in the series finale to give them a 10-3 lead. A lead they sorely needed as they gave up five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
1. Will Venable
Will Venable sat the first game in favor of Chris Denorfia to face a left-handed starter. But Bud gave him nod in each of the next three games and Will shot all the way to out number one spot.
Venable started off game two with a three hit game including his 12th long ball of the season. He also doubled, scored a run and collected two RBIs. In the third game he went 1-3, collecting one of the five Padres hits. But in game four, Venable came up huge. He not only doubled twice and scored a run; he made what would be the play of the game and maybe series. With the Padres clinging to a two run lead with two outs and runners on second and third in the seventh, Norichika Aoki blooped a would be tying hit before made a flying forward-diving catch to preserve the 10-8 lead. The only thing between the ball and the ground was the leather of his mitt’s pocket. It was simply amazing.
What a series by my Padres. I had a great time watching and I hope you did too. The Padres will finish this 10-game trip in Arizona for a three game stint starting Friday at 6:40 pm PST. Be sure to be cheer on the boys for all three games this last weekend of July.