Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you are working during the game that started at 9:10 am PDT. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking orange juice and/or coffee.
The Padres (46-59) were shutout by the Atlanta Braves (57-48) 2-0 at Turner Field yesterday. Jason Lane (0-1, 0.87) was tagged with the loss despite only giving up one run in six innings on six hits and no walks with two strikeouts. That one run came off a home run by Evan Gattis in the seventh. Lane was called up from AAA El Paso to start for Ian Kennedy, who has a sore oblique but is expected to make his next scheduled start on Saturday.
Ervin Santana (10-6, 3.63) shut the Padres’ batters down in his eight innings. Santana struck out a personal best eleven batters while giving up just five hits and no walks. But he had some defensive help from Andrelton Simmons, who made a couple of great plays at shortstop.
Tonight, the Friars are back home at Petco Park to take on the St Louis Cardinals for three games. Tyson Ross (9-10, 2.65) starts the opener tonight at 7:10 pm PDT against Lance Lynn (11-7, 3.05) on Taco Tuesday. It’s also the Dog Days of Summer, so there will probably be more poop than usual in the Park at the Park.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (26-33) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-30) last night, 4-1. Jesse Hahn (0-1, 9.82) got the start in his Major League debut and gave up all four runs on 2 2-run home runs in his 3 2/3 innings. Jason Lane made his Major League debut as a pitcher after his last MLB game as an outfielder seven years ago, relieving Hahn and retiring all ten batters he faced. But the offense stunk, as we’ve seen all too often this year.
Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) pitched 5 2/3 for the Pirates, surrendering just the one run on 4 hits and 2 walk with 6 strikeouts.
This afternoon the Friars wrap up the series with the Pirates at 3:40 pm PDT. Ian Kennedy (4-6, 3.42) takes the mound against Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62). Bobby Cressey will be playing the organ at PETCO Park today as a bonus for all in attendance.
Games! Data! La Forge! To celebrate the fact that the season is now 13 percent complete, here are 13 items of potential interest (stats are through April 22):
- The difference between the top of the order and the heart has been staggering. Guys in the first two slots have hit .297/.333/.436 (these numbers were even better when I started writing this), while 3 through 6 are at .194/.257/.291 (lowest OPS in baseball, nearly 70 points worse than the Houston Astros). That isn’t the best way to score runs.
- In an April 17 game at Petco Park, Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki drew three walks, or one more than Everth Cabrera and Will Venable have drawn combined in 158 plate appearances.
- In 44 plate appearances, Alexi Amarista has drawn more than three times as many walks as Cabrera and Venable. As others have noted, it’s hard to throw strikes to the 5’6” Amarista, although that hasn’t kept him from not drawing walks in the past.