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 St Louis Cardinals. Destroyers of post-season dreams three times. Since 2004 they are 39-26 against the Padres in the regular season. However, most of that success is in Missouri. When they come to visit, the Padres play them tough – San Diego is 16-15 since Petco Park opened. Only ONE game over .500? I’ll take it, thankyouverymuch.
Anyway they rolled into town for their annual
beatdown series, and we had Tyson Ross all queued up to smoke them. Except we didn’t get the overpowering Ross; he walked two of the first 3 hitters he faced. Helpfully, sandwiched between those walks was a Kolten Wong 4-6-3 DP which kept things scoreless and forecast a trend. St Louis threatened all night, yet Ross kept them from getting the big hit they needed. The Padres turned a Wong throwing error into a run in the third, thanks to Alexi Amarista‘s sacrifice fly. Alexi is almost automatic when hitting with a runner on third and less than 2 outs – in 12 such situations, he’s knocked in the run 10 times.
St Louis tied it in the fifth with a sac fly of their own, but the Padres pushed back in front to stay in the sixth, turning back-to-back leadoff walks into a run on Jedd Gyorko‘s RBI single. The Padres tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Yangervis Solarte homered to the RF porch off Jason Motte. Blaine Boyer, Kevin Quackenbush, and Joaquin Benoit slammed the door on a 3-1 Padres win.
There was one scare in the fifth inning then Ross, while attempting to bunt, took a pitch off his right hand. He was called out on strikes for offering to bunt at the pitch instead of being awarded first. Ross came out for the sixth and struck out the side, so maybe no worse for wear. Hopefully.
Today Jesse Hahn will square off against Joe Kelly.
We mentioned previously the Re-Creation night that our local SABR Chapter is putting on, sponsored by the Aramco Group. Several more details have been released today.
First, the fine folks at Chubby’s Food Truck will be in the Scripps Ranch Library (10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego 92131) parking lot for those wanting to eat at the event. Chubby’s serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican food, and other fare for your culinary pleasure. Their full menu can be found on their website.
Kurt Bevacqua and Steve Arlin will attend the event and are just two of the former Padres Bob Chandler will interview during the re-creation. Bevacqua, in parts of six seasons with the Padres (1979-80, 1982-85), hit .245/.331/.331 with 7 HR and 128 RBI, and played multiple positions including first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field. He is perhaps best known for his hitting during the 1984 World Series, when he went .412/.444/.882 with 2 home runs, including the 3-run shot in Game 2 that secured the only World Series Game win in Padres history.
Arlin also spent six seasons with the Padres (1969-1974), during which he went 32-62 for the club with a 4.33 ERA. Arlin came closer than any other Padres pitcher to throwing a no-hitter, when his bid on 18 July 1972 against the Phillies was broken up with two out in the ninth inning. He is the grandson of Harold Arlin, who called the first ever baseball game broadcast on radio.
Other Padre alumni scheduled to attend include:
From April of 2005 until November of 2008 there existed a blog called Fire Joe Morgan. The writers at FJM were funny (some would eventually write for NBC’s The Office and Parks and Recreation), insightful, and statistically inclined. They were progressive baseball fans.
The title of their blog was a reference to the eponymous Hall of Fame 2nd baseman whose retirement consisted of a career as a play-by-play analyst for ESPN. Joe Morgan drew the ire of FJM’s writers because of his outdated thinking and refusal to accept that there were new, exciting, and transformative ways to view the game of baseball. He also thought Billy Beane wrote the book Moneyball. And if nothing else, Joe Morgan hated Moneyball. Even though he had never read Moneyball. Which, again, Billy Beane did not write. FJM wasn’t just about Joe Morgan though. It was about all crappy efforts put forth by those who cover baseball.
In case you weren’t paying attention. And we know a lot of you weren’t.
Here at Padres Public, we’re all about the Padres. And beer. But mostly the Padres. When we’re not drinking beer, that is.
So, here’s a weekly feature to whet your appetites: All of the week’s posts in one convenient location. Enjoy!
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This week is Fan Fest preview/reminisce week here. I’d like to regale you with my favorite stories about the event … except I can’t, because I’ve never actually been to Friar Fest.
Ut Oh. Finding something to write about just got that much harder.
I thought about detailing how long I’ve been a Padres fan, some of the fun moments I’ve experienced at the ball park, to validate my bona fides. It’s a long list; maybe I’ll tackle it someday. However whenever I get to thinking about the Padres, I find myself fishing around for that one moment – that one super cool baseball moment – that’s burned into all our memories, that everybody can relate to. Do the Padres even have one like that?