While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 1 (LAD vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub, as you get more and more confused whether it’s Opening Night or Opening Day. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Opening Night. Or Day. Or whatever. Who cares? What matters is the Padres pulled out a 3-1 win over that Los Angeles team that plays in the National League. I think they’re called the “Dogers” or something.

Andrew Cashner made his first ever Opening Day start, striking out five in six innings while only giving up one run on four hits. However, Cashner had to settle for the no-decision, as the Padres’ bats didn’t come alive until the eighth inning, when Seth Smith hit a pinch-hit home run off of Brian Wilson to tie the game at one. Chris Denorfia then hit a two-run single which proved to be the game-winning hit. Huston Street came in to the game with a new entrance song — “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin — and closed it out for his first save.

The Padres set a single-game attendance record at PETCO Park, with 45,567 tickets sold. And it sounded on ESPN like it was mostly Padres fans in attendance, for the first time in a long time.

The teams are off on Monday and come back to PETCO Park for Opening “Day” on Tuesday at 3:40 pm PDT. Ian Kennedy takes the mound against Zack Greinke, who will likely be the only person at PETCO Park happy that Carlos Quentin is on the disabled list to start the season.

Recaps

Smith, Denorfia rally Padres past Dodgers in opener – Corey Brock (MLB.com)

Smith, Denorfia lift Padres to 3-1 win over LA – Bernie Wilson (Associated Press)

Smith’s HR helps Padres beat Dodgers – Dennis Lin (UT San Diego)

MLB.com Box Score

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“It’s having good, productive at-bats without having to think about anything. You’re working with your mechanics during the spring and getting your swing where you want it to be. I think that it all goes hand in hand. When you can get in there and clear your head, you can be productive. That’s when you know you have a chance.”
Seth Smith, before the game. (Brock)

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Andrew Cashner allows one run and four hits, while striking out five over six innings in his strong season debut.

Seth Smith hammers a home run to deep right field off Brian Wilson to tie the game at 1 in the eighth.

Chris Denorfia puts the Padres ahead in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run single up the middle.

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  • Tim Stoops

    Watching the game last night made me incredibly home sick. What a game!

  • Lonnie Brownell

    Padres fans were certainly louder that Dogers fans, but the crowd shots seemed always featured LA caps and jerseys. Then again, folks wearing Padres blue were a bit hard to distinguish.

    Brownell says Brown, please.

  • USMC53

    Great game, Friars!
    The Grandal steal should be an option for Play of the Game, I think. Great heads-up play, and without it, we might not even score on Deno’s single. Grandal would have been at second (without great speed), and Cabrera would have been at first. Hoffy may have held Grandal at 3rd on Deno’s single (and we all saw how the Padres can strand runners with the bases loaded, so we might have only gotten the 1 run in the 8th, off Smith’s HR). Instead, Grandal’s steal forced the Dodgers to bring the infield in, which allowed Cabby to trot into 2B uncontested. Totally set the table for Deno’s 2-RBI single. Awesome baseball!

    • At the time of me writing this, they did not have Grandal’s steal in the highlights package. Now they do, as part of this: http://m.mlb.com/video/v31716813/ladsd-padres-use-power-and-small-ball-to-take-lead/?game_pk=380546
      So, I’m going to add it. Because you’re totally correct.

    • Lonnie Brownell

      More on that play from Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-yasmani-grandal-stole-third-base/

    • VivaJackMurphy

      Problem with that is that Deno was supposed to bunt, so he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to hit that single unless he missed the first offering and the runners moved up. So Buddy was saved from himself with that one, essentially taking the bunt out of play and letting Deno swing away.

      I don’t get bunting overall, but especially for a team like ours that has such a hard time getting runners in from 3rd, it just seems like he’s setting us up for failure.

      • USMC53

        That doesn’t change what a great play it was by Grandal, though. When Deno missed the bunt, Grandal could easily have just stood there at 2B thinking, “Well, Deno missed that one. I’m stuck here at 2B until he tries it again.” Instead, he saw a vacated 3B and took off aggressively, capitalizing on an unplanned, unforeseen opportunity. He was smarter than the opposition in that moment, and it changed the entire situation. Awesome job.

      • VivaJackMurphy

        Not saying it wasn’t a smart play by Grandal – it was. Just saying that Deno would have continued to try to bunt if Grandal hadn’t scampered to 3rd – he wouldn’t have been swinging away, so saying Grandal wouldn’t have scored from second on a base-hit by Norf is assuming Norf was swinging away, which he was not.