Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Especially when you are subbing in for Scott and are nowhere near the multi-media linking guru. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (56-79) scored less than the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-60), 5-1, last night in the second of three games at Dodger Stadium.
Luis Perdomo (7-8, 5.929) gave up five runs on nine hits and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a Corey Seager and then Yasmani Grandal drove in three with a long home run to center in the fourth inning. Josh Reddick added to the scoring with a solo shot in the sixth. Keith Hessler (who?) and Jose Dominguez combined to shutout the Dodgers over the last two innings.
Rich Hill (11-3, 1.94) pitched six innings, surrendering no runs on one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Alexei Ramirez broke up the no-hitter in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Wil Myers singled in Luis Sardinas, who had doubled off of Casey Fien. Yay, no shut out!
Today at 1:10pm PDT, Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.84) gets the start against Jose De Leon (0-0, 0.00) gets his debut in the final game of the series.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (32-34) scored fewer runs than the Oakland A’s (27-39), 9-1, last night in the first of two games at Petco Park.
Tyson Ross (3-7, 4.02) gave up four run on seven hits and five walks with six strikeout in five innings of work. In the third inning, Josh Reddick started the scoring with an RBI single with one out to score Eric Sogard. Ben Zobrist then walked and Stephen Vogt singled to left field to score Reddick. Zobrist then scored on a single by Brett Lawrie. In the fifth inning, Lawrie drove in Zobrist again with one out.
In the eighth inning, with Cory Mazzoni on the mound for the Padres, Marcus Semien walked and Billy Butler singled. Billy Burns then, still with no outs, drove in Semien with a single. Mazzoni got Sogard to line out to center field and Reddick to fly out to left field. Then, after a single by Zobrist, Mazzoni served up a grand slam to Vogt, who ended up with five RBI.
Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62) pitched six and two-third innings, giving up just the one Padres’ run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Will Venable drove in Alexi Amarista with an RBI single in the third inning after it was determined he was not hit by a pitch that appeared to hit his pant leg, even after acting manager Dave Roberts called for a replay challenge.
This afternoon at 12:40pm PDT, the Padres will send Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) to the mound against the Athletics and Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79) in the second game at Petco Park.
Since I watch a fair number of A’s games, I thought I’d share some observations with you in advance of tonight’s first pitch. Do with these what you will.
The A’s are solid from top to bottom. The weak links are Eric Sogard and Billy Butler. In Sogard’s case, he has never hit much, while Butler is just struggling. Plus he makes Yonder Alonso look like Billy Hamilton and can be thrown out from almost anywhere on the field.
Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick, both left-handed hitters, have been Oakland’s biggest threats for most of the year. Vogt is having a rough June, but when he’s on, he works counts and drives the ball hard. Right now he is expanding his zone and not making contact.
Unlike Vogt, whose platoon splits exist but are fairly mild, Reddick can be beaten by good southpaws. And if the Padres had any, that might help, since he mashes right-handed pitching: .369/.438/.631 in 176 plate appearances through June 14.
Billy Burns has been a catalyst at the top of the order since his May recall. He is a pest who fouls pitches off, makes good contact, and can drive the ball harder than you might expect from a guy listed at 5’9”, 180. He also runs well and is one of the A’s few threats to steal.
The other guy worth mentioning is Brett Lawrie, who hacks at everything and occasionally hits one real far. He’s also a bit intense. Lawrie has been known to scream while rounding the bases after a home run and launch epic F-bombs after striking out. Whatever the case, it’s nothing personal. That’s just what he does, like those crazy people on Broadway.