Five Good Things: Sit Down, Chicago Edition
I have a question for all of you, the loyal congregation. “Were you not entertained?” Wow what a week end by our Padres. They pretty much turned in every kind of game possible from the monumental comeback to the pitcher’s duel and finally the bizarre. But as the dust settled, they were victorious over the Cubs, taking two of three to win the series and finish their longest home stand of the year with five wins and five losses. Speaking of five, here are five good things from this series.
5. Friday’s Epic Comeback.
If you know me, I hate the use of the word “epic”. It’s always used out of context and is very annoying. But in this case it applies. The accomplishment of Friday’s win was in fact epic. Edinson Volquez allowed the first eight Cubs hitters to reach base safely and ultimately put his team in a 6-0 hole while only managing to get two outs. That’s six runs in 2/3 of an inning. It was so bad that the next morning Buddy Black and Darren Ballsley waved the white flag and released the Padres starter.
But back to the good part. From that point on, the Padres’ bullpen of Tim Stauffer, Dale Thayer, Nick Vincent, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street allowed just five hits and walked one batter over the final 25 outs. In that span they gave up zero runs as well and Huston Street recorded his 25th save in 26 tries as the Padres offense score eight unanswered runs for their biggest come from behind victory of the year.
4. Jedd Gyorko
Jedd Gyorko continued his power outburst with a two homer game Friday, his first one sparking the Padres comeback when he launched a three run bomb to center in the fourth inning to cut the six run lead in half. He then gave the Padres a nice insurance run when he hit a solo shot in the eighth to put the Friars up 8-6. His sixteen homers lead all NL rookies despite the fact he didn’t record his first one until May first and missed 30 games in June & July due to injury.
3. Will Venable Esta En Fuego
Will Venable is doing his best “Late 2012 Chase Headley” impersonation right now and I, for one, am not complaining. Venable was the other man front and center in Friday’s comeback when he came up a double short of the cycle, but scored two runs and knocked in three, including the go-ahead homer in the seventh.
For an encore he had another three hit game, including his 19th homer of the year to tie the game in the sixth of Saturday’s 3-2 loss.
2. Andrew Cashner Brilliant Again
We can pretty much put Cash on this list every series if he takes the hill. He was brilliant again, allowing only two hits while striking out seven in as many innings pitched. He walked just one batter in that span and also went 1-2 from the plate, raising his batting average to .268. Yeah, he’s kind of rad.
1. Sunday’s Wacky & Wild Walkoff
So besides Cashner’s effort, this game was a real yawn fest as the score remained 0-0 through 12 innings with both teams leaving runners on base left and right. But in the bottom of the thirteenth Brad Boxberger loaded the bases with none out to bring up Nate Schierholtz. With the infield in, Schierholtz hits sharp grounder to first baseman Jesus Guzman, slipped and fell to the ground after his swing, almost ensuring a 3-2-3 double play. But Schierholtz popped up and took one step before Guzman’s throw home hit the bill off his helmet, deflecting the ball away and allowing everybody to advance safely. The next batter hit a sac fly and the Padres found themselves down 2-0 entering the bottom of the twelfth.
Fast forward to Ronny Cedeno up to bat with a man on, two outs, with the Padres still down two. Cedeno tripled to right center off Kevin Gregg to cut the lead in half. Gregg then threw a wild pitch and Cedeno hesitated before committing to home. Catcher Wellington Castillo grabbed the ball and had Cedeno nailed, but Gregg dropped the throw and the Padres tied the game.
Two innings later with two on, two out in the bottom of the 15th, Nick Hundley hit a line drive to center to score Logan Forsythe from second base and give the Padres n exciting 3-2 in 15 innings.
So those are my five. Let me know yours and be sure to watch OUR Friars take on the D-Backs the next three nights at Chase Field.