While You Were Drinking: 2014, Game 51 (CHC vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres improved to 23-28 in 2014 when they earned a series split against the last place Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Ian Kennedy threw well enough to get his first win at Petco Park this season, Carlos Quentin did his thing while pinch hitting, and the Padres held on for the win despite Huston Street‘s mistake pitch to Starling Castro in the 9th that resulted in a 2-run HR.

The Padres are 9.5 games behind first place San Francisco and 3.5 games ahead of last place Arizona.

Speaking of Arizona, the Padres open a series against the D-backs today at 5:10 PM. For your viewing pleasure, Tyson Ross faces one of the better athlete-follows on twitter, Brandon McCarthy.

Enjoy the game and have a safe Memorial Day.

Recaps

Quentin delivers another key pinch-hit for Padres [Corey Brock – mlb.com]

Quentin delivers again in Padres win [Chris Jenkins U-T San Diego]

Box Score [Baseball-Reference.com]

Quote

“It’s a very difficult task and I have a lot of respect for the guys who do it,” Quentin said. “I’ve been very fortunate to draw on experiences that I’ve had. But it’s a very fickle thing.” ~ Carlos Quentin on pinch-hitting [Brock]

Tweets

Of Note

Jedd Gyorko batted 3 times yesterday and saw a total of 9 pitches. Math tells us that this is an average of 3 pitches/PA. Baseball-Reference.com’s box score tells another story. During Gyorko’s middle PA of the day he struck-out on a full-count pitch. He saw 7 pitches during that PA. This means he went hacking at the first pitch in each of his other two PAs. The results? A weak pop-fly to SS and a 2-run double which proved to be the difference in the game.

Video

Ian Kennedy strikes out a batter per inning and earns his first win a Petco Park this season.

Carlos Quentin: A mad man hitting in a pinch.

Jedd Gyorko shakes off his struggles for a moment and pushes the score to 4-1 with a 2 RBI double.

Pictures

Song

Ron Fowler spoke to Bernie Wilson of the AP yesterday. The exchange made me think of this song by the Rolling Stones.

We went down to the demonstration
To get your fair share of abuse
Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustration
If we don’t we’re gonna blow a fifty-amp fuse”

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