I don’t know about you, but I’m always amazed how often hitters miss good, hittable pitches, either fouling them off or swinging right through them. Of course, there are good reasons why this happens. Hitting is hard, for one. The hitter is always having to guess and/or react to a spinning baseball arriving in an unreasonable amount of time, and the pitcher is always in the driver’s seat, calling the shots.

Say, for example, it’s a 2–2 count and, in the back of his mind, the hitter is thinking slider. Instead he gets a fastball, at 93, right down the middle, but he fouls it back to the screen, just late. It looks like something to crush, but given the context of the situation, the pitcher’s tendencies and the hitter’s expectations, it turns out to be a tough pitch to handle. Consider, further, the first pitch hanging curve ball. It looks squarely like a meatball the whole way, but the hitter’s likely sitting fastball, and the speed and trajectory of the pitch throw him off enough to result in an awkward cut and whiff, or no swing at all.

There are other pitches, though, pitches that are too fat; pitches that define the very nature of the meatball. In a 3–1 count to Mike Napoli, tied 2–2 in the ninth, Brandon Maurer delivered one of those pitches last night:

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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 (13-23) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (13-20), 5-2, on a walk-off three-run home run by Mike Napoli last night at Globe Life Park.

Clayton Richard (2-4, 4.34) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Richard started the eighth inning and gave up a solo home run to Napoli and a single from Carlos Gomez before being relieved by Brad Hand. In the ninth inning, Brandon Maurer surrendered three straight one out singles that brought Elvis Andrus around to score before giving up a three-run walk-off home run to Napoli.

Martin Perez (1-5, 3.89) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six and a third innings pitched. Ryan Schimpf‘s RBI single in the first inning drove in Matt Szczur. In the seventh inning, a Manuel Margot sacrifice fly scored Austin Hedges.

The Padres head to Guaranteed Rate Field for three games against the Chicago White Sox (15-16). Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.26) gets the start tonight against Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.18) starting at 5:10pm PDT.

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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 (13-22) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (12-20) last night at Globe Life Park, 4-3, in the first of two games.

Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.13) is still looking for his first decision of 2017, giving up three run on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched. In the first inning, a Shin-Soo Choo reached on a single, took third on a single by Elvis Andrus, and scored on a wild pitch to Nomar Mazara. Mike Napoli scored on a Choo single and Delino DeShields scored on a balk by Perdomo in the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, DeShields scored on an Andrus ground ball that Yangervis Solarte threw wide of first base for an error.

Yu Darvish (3-2, 2.96) also pitched six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Erick Aybar hit a solo home run and Matt Szczur later doubled to drive in Hunter Renfroe.

This evening’s series finale at Globe Life Park pits Clayton Richard (2-4, 4.87) against Martin Perez (1-5, 4.06) starting at 5:05pm PDT.

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