Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed While You Were Drinking.
The San Diego Padres feted Benito Santiago and Garry Templeton before Saturday’s game, inducting both into the Padres Hall of Fame. They each spoke from the heart, thanking the organization, their families, and the fans for their support while they played here.
The ceremony meant the game started 20 min late. Whether or not the delay caused Tyson Ross (8-9) to lose the feel of his slider at first pitch only he knows, but he came out flat in the first inning. It seems to me Ross usually struggles with slider command the first inning or two, but what do I know. Tyson allowed two early runs and the Padres (52-59) never recovered, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies (44-67) in front of an announced sellout crowd of 44,567.
Funny thing – Ted Leitner talked about catcher Santiago throwing runners out from his knees during his playing career, and described one such instance against former St Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman. Those of you too young to have seen Coleman play before he got run over by a tarp caught a glimpse of how fast he was watching Odubel Herrera circle the bases. After singling to drive in Chase Utley with the Phillies first run, Herrera stole second. Then he took third while Clint Barmes‘ throw was on the way to first to retire Maikel Franco. Finally Herrera scored on a wild pitch from Ross. In the third he singled and stole second again. Derek Norris finally cut him down when he tried to steal with two out in the eighth.
Philly starter Adam Morgan (3-3) retired the first 9 Padres he faced, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Consecutive singles by Yangervis Solarte and Norris put runners at the corners with no one out. Matt Kemp singled in Solarte; when Herrera bobbled the ball in center, Norris tried for third. He was out by 10 feet. That cost the Padres a run, for Justin Upton followed with a walk and Jedd Gyorko flied out to the wall in CF.
It remained 3-1 until the sixth. Upton singled and took second when Cody Asche bobbled the ball. Gyorko singled off Chase Utley’s glove, driving in Upton. The Padres threatened again in the seventh; Barmes singled, and Melvin Upton Jr. followed with a bunt single. He was trying to sacrifice, but the throw hit him in the butt. He may have been out of the baseline; that play is not reviewable (!). Ross, left in to bunt because the Padres had only a 4-man bench (per Pat Murphy post-game comments), popped the bunt up to third. Solarte flied out and Norris grounded out to kill the rally.
Philadelphia pushed an insurance run across in the eighth thanks to consecutive extra base hits from Utley (double) and Cesar Hernandez (triple).