Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (43-57) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (47-51), 6-5, last night at Petco Park.
Kyle Lloyd (0-0, 9.00) made his Major League debut, giving up four runs in four-plus innings on six hits and two walk with two strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run in the first inning. Jay Bruce scored on a Travis d’Arnaud single in the fourth inning. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Curtis Granderson with a double in the fifth inning and scored on Cespedes double. In the seventh inning, Cespedes tripled to drive in Granderson and then scored on a throwing error by Wil Myers.
Seth Lugo (4-2, 4.05) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and no walk while striking out one in six innings. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run and Allen Cordoba hit a two-run home run in the second inning. Myers’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored Matt Szczur. Dusty Coleman‘s first hit was an RBI double in the ninth inning to drive in Cory Spangenberg.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-7, 4.26) gets moved back a day and starts tonight against Steven Matz (2-3, 4.67) beginning at 7:10pm PDT.
Rafael De Paula, RHP, Double-A San Antonio
Minor-league relievers, man—they aren’t gonna churn the page views (read Oscar below).
De Paula, like most relievers, was once a starter when the Padres acquired him long ago from the Yankees as part of the return on Chase Headley. It took the right hander parts of three years to get through High-A ball as a starter, and he still couldn’t get his ERA below five. So midway through last season the Padres pulled the plug on the starting thing, and they’ve stuck with that decision this year while moving De Paula out of the hitter-friendly Cal League to Double-A San Antonio.
It worked. With nine innings at Triple-A El Paso sprinkled in with 54 1/3 at Double-A, De Paula has struck out 87 while walking 22 and surrendering just two home runs. There have always been concerns with his delivery and command, and a move to the bullpen has seemed inevitable for a few years now . . . but give De Paula credit, as he took his game to the pen and, at least by the numbers, turned his career around. There’s not much out there from a scouting perspective on him this season—remember, minor-league relievers and page views—but De Paula has an exciting enough late-inning power profile to likely earn a spot in the Padres ‘pen next season, and it’ll be interesting to see how his stuff translates into the majors. (Sac Bunt Dustin)