Five Good Things : Chavez Sweep Edition
He y’all it’s me again here to bring you five good things from the Padres sweep of the hated Dodgers in their own home. Surprisingly it was hard to come up with five things again, but for all the right reasons. Let’s just say I could’ve done 500 good things a lot easier. So here are five things that stood out for me.
5. Stults & Marquis
Eric Stults came out and gave the Padres six strong innings, surrendering three runs on nine hits. This would normally not be great except for the fact he went yard, baby. His three run dinger gave the Padres an early lead. Even though he was lifted for a pinch hitter in a tie game in the seventh, Chris Denorfia’s bases loaded walk put him in line for the win.
Not to be outdone, Jason Marquis followed up the next night with the Padres best pitching performance3 of the season. He came one out short of eight innings, surrendering only one run on three hits, fanning five Dodgers while surrendering only one free pass. His performance earned a standing ovation not only from me, but many fellow Padres fans I follow in our respective living rooms.
4. Norf doing Norf things.
Chris Denorfia forced his way into the starting lineup with his outstanding play, whether it was in the field, on the base paths or at the plate. He hit 5-13 with three runs scored, a stolen base and a couple great plays while filling in at centerfield. He also took the unhittable Clayton Kershaw deep in the final game for his first homerun of the season.
3. Alexi Amarista: hitting machine.
Amarista came on like gangbusters this series, going 4-8 and raising his average 74 points to .225. His 3-5, four RBI night highlighted Tuesday’s 9-2 series-clinching victory.
2. Blankszilla returns!
Big Kyle returned to big league club on Monday, getting called up to play while Carlos Quentin served his three-game suspension. He did not disappoint. In three games he hit .455 (5-11) and scored three runs while driving in three as well. The highlight of the series was his moons hot of the facade of the second deck down the left field line, helping prompt Kershaw’s exit in the sixth. With Maybin down with a wrist injury, expect to see Kyle contribute a lot more.
1. Making the Dodgers Organization look bad.
This, my friends, was the sweetest of all. Two big things happened in the aftermath of Thursday’s brawl in my eyes. One was word that came out on Friday that there was a confrontation between Matt Kemp and Carlos Quentin in the tunnel to the parking lot outside the clubhouse, ending with Kemp yelling at Quentin “We’ll see, b*tch”.
But the big one for me was the Dodgers official twitter account (@dodgers) tweeting “See you on Monday in Los Angeles” accompanied by a meme of unofficial San Diego icon Ron Burgundy and his sign off “You stay classy San Diego”. This was from the official team account.
It seemed to only escalate a volatile situation further, perhaps sparking more violence on Jackie Robinson Day. Amazingly that tweet still has not been deleted.
Fast forward three days later, the Padres arrived in Los Angeles and humiliated the Dodgers in the best way possible; on the field. They outscored the Dodgers 22-7 in three convincing wins. In fact the Dodgers only lead once the entire series after Adrian Gonzalez’s two out RBI single in the third on Thursday. But that only lasted for one out as Everth Cabrera’s homer to lead off the fourth tied the game.
The Padres hitters were also hit by pitches three times, but never batted an eyelash toward the mound as they took their free pass to first base, making the Dodgers look petty.
Combine these with the silent crowd, and Magic Johnson taking his team to task via twitter, the Padres couldn’t have asked for a better series.
So there you have it, the perfect start to a rival packed road trip. Hopefully the Giants series will be just as satisfying as this one.