Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (57-62) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (53-65) last night in the first of three games, 5-3. Jedd Gyorko started at shortstop for the first time since 2010 at West Virginia University.
Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) got his second win after pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Former Padre Cameron Maybin hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Maybin later scored another run in the sixth inning on a single from A.J. Pierzynski. In the ninth inning, a single off Craig Kimbrel by another former Padre, Jace Peterson, drove in Nick Markakis for the Braves’ final run.
Williams Perez (4-4, 4.34) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. In the second inning, Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso reached on a single and a ground-rule double, respectively. Derek Norris drove in Upton with a single, then reached second on a wild pitch to Will Venable. Venable then singled to right field scoring Alonso and Norris, who hustled and barely beat the throw home. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. Alonso added a solo shot with two outs in the eighth inning.
Tonight, James Shields (8-5, 3.89) gets the start in the second game with former Padre Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.74) getting the start for the Braves. First pitch is set for 7:10pm PDT.
Just when I thought it was safe to settle in for a little Sunday Night Baseball action, A.J. Preller struck again, pulling off the sort of Opening Day/Night blockbuster far more likely to show up in your fantasy league than the majors.
This time Preller and the Padres sent OF Cameron Maybin, “OF” Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, OF Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st pick in the 2015 draft to the Braves for RHP Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton Jr. Here are some thoughts on this fascinating head-scratcher/headache-inducer.
Last week, Cameron Maybin was doing the media rounds at Spring Training. We were hearing the usual from a guy coming back from injury, but one thing that stuck out to me was his stated desire to be more cautious in the outfield. I’ve never thought of Cam as a particularly reckless player, and I grew concerned that his injury history was getting in his head. I had this weird notion I couldn’t shake that Cam was going to change his style of play and that was going to be detrimental to his defensive value. And then, yesterday, he went and gave the same effort he always does. He made the same kind of play demonstrating the glove and range that makes him a plus defender at a position which prioritizes good defense. He dove and hurt himself, inconveniencing me and throwing my plans out the window. Cameron Maybin is the worst.