Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a day at work. Especially when there’s two baseball games you’d love to complain about. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking…er, working.
In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Padres bats were once again ineffective in a 2-0 loss to the Indians. Eric Stults gave the Padres 5 solid innings, but stumbled a bit in the sixth by allowing a two-run home run to Jason Kipnis. It was not without assistance, however, as Alexi Amarista made a throwing error that allowed lead runner Nick Swisher to reach base to begin with. Despite out-hitting Cleveland 6-5, the Padres were a combined 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
Stults finished with a very solid pitcher game score of 52, which is definitely an upgrade from the 30 in Miami.
The doubleheader concluded with a 2-1 Padres victory, avoiding the rare (and embarrassing) feat of being swept in a three-game series in less than the span of 24 hours. The victory was not without controversy, however. In the first inning. Chris Denorfia hit a fly ball to to the wall in RF, which was caught by Elliot Johnson. It was ruled a fair ball (allowing Everth Cabrera to advance to third, and later score on a Seth Smith ground out to 2B), which Terry Francona challenged and lost. Johnson DID catch the ball cleanly, and it would have been ruled a catch any year prior to this one (and even this one, perhaps). However, this year umpires are enforcing a “new interpretation” of the “secured possession” rule. Even though Johnson made the catch and held on to the ball for several seconds, fumbling it on the transfer to his throwing hand made it a drop and a fair ball. Did the Padres catch a break? Perhaps. For now, it’s how umpires are interpreting this rule.
Chase Headley drove in his first run of the 2014 campaign with a sixth inning, bases loaded bloop single to left. The Padres would subsequently leave the bases loaded, but that was all they would need. Robbie Erlin finished with 1 run (earned) on 4 hits, no walks, and 6 strikeouts, posting a good pitcher game score of 66.
Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (called up from AAA to make the start) matched Erlin’s performance throughout. 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8K, 64 GS.
The Padres (3-6, 4th NL West) are off tomorrow, but return home on Friday to host dreamy Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers (5-2, 1st AL Central). Friday’s 7:10 start will feature Rick Porcello for Detroit vs. Andrew Cashner for the Padres. The Padres will face Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. A weekend of tough duty for a team with the worst OPS and OPS+ in all of baseball.
Stults solid, but falls to Tribe to open twin bill – Corey Brock (MLB.com)
Stults not strong enough to stop Indians – Jeff Sanders (UT San Diego)
Zach McAllister superb as Cleveland Indians defeat San Diego Padres – Dennis Manoloff (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Padres split twin bill behind Erlin – Corey Brock (MLB.com)
Behind Erlin, Padres win to avoid sweep – Jeff Sanders (UT San Diego)
Cleveland Indians lose despite strong work from RHP Trevor Bauer – Dennis Manoloff (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Game 2: It was great for it to fall in. We needed it as a team. I needed it personally. Sometimes, you hit the ball hard right at someone. Sometimes, you get beat and it finds a hole. – Padres 3B Chase Headley, on his first RBI of the season. He entered the game hitting .107.
— Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) April 9, 2014
Someday the Padres will score in the first 3 innings of a ballgame. Maybe even today.
— Kevin Thompson (@ParkAtThePark) April 9, 2014
— Matt Schwarz (@friarfanatic10) April 9, 2014
Alonso's leadoff single in the 9th is the first time the Padres have had the leadoff man on today. Down 2-0.
— Jesse Agler (@jesseagler) April 9, 2014
If there was award / for leaving runners on base / name it after us /// #Padres
— padres haiku (@padreshaiku) April 9, 2014
Alexi Amarista another start in CF. Bud Black is just trolling me now.
— Billy Lybarger (@LybargerBrewery) April 9, 2014
How in the world is that not a catch by Elliot Johnson?
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) April 9, 2014
I've seen a ground rule double, I've seen a bunt double, and now I've seen Denorfia double into a right fielder's glove.
— Craig Elsten (@619sports) April 9, 2014
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 9, 2014
Today on "@HustonStreet Proven Closer!", ON THE EDGE OF A TOMAHAWK! With no room for error, can Huston dodge the axe against an angry Tribe?
— Craig Elsten (@619sports) April 9, 2014