While You Were (Day) Drinking 2014 Game 108 (STL vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an afternoon at work, eyes transfixed to your screen trying to figure out what other Padres are going to be on another team by the 1:00 pm PDT trading deadline.  Then you give up, leave work early, and go drinking.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (48-60) dropped the final game of their three-game series against the St Louis Cardinals (57-50) 6-2 and were denied a series sweep once again.  Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 2.68) was hit hard, giving up all six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The Cardinals’ Shelby Miller (8-8, 4.14) was the winning pitcher after six innings of two-run ball — both runs coming off solo home runs by Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable in the second inning — on three hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

Tonight, the Atlanta Braves come to town for three games starting at 7:10 pm PDT.  Tonight is Wine Fest, which is appropriate, as Eric Stults (3-13, 5.22) is starting for the Friars against the Braves’ Mike Minor (4-6, 5.23).  So get your buzz on before the game.  You’ll likely need it.


Gyorko, Venable homer in slow offensive day (Will Laws — MLB.com)

Despaigne, Padres drop finale to Cards (Dennis Lin — UT San Diego)

Miller under control as Cards roll through Padres (Corey Brock — MLB.com)

Taveras homers in Cards’ 6-2 win (STLtoday.com / St Louis Post-Dispatch)

MLB Box Score


“He might’ve been missing by just a hair with the strike zone, but his pitches were good. (The Cardinals) did a good job, too. They put the ball in play.”
Rene Rivera on Despaigne’s performance (Lin)

“His stuff was the same as it’s been all season. He just didn’t get the results, and sometimes that happens.”
Bud Black on Despaigne (Laws)



Gyorko’s solo homer

Venable’s solo dinger

Amarista doing Amarista things in center field


[Editor’s Note: Please pay special attention to the position shown for Amarista.  I did NOT alter this caption in any way.]

Jul 31, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista (5) catches a ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Petco Park. Jake Roth Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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