While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 106 (STL vs SD)

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 MotteBlaine 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.

Recaps

Ross subdues Cardinals to reach 10-win mark – Will Laws (MLBAM)

Wild Ross good enough to beat Cardinals – Jeff Sanders (SDUT)

Lynn’s solid effort unrewarded on sloppy night – Jenifer Langosch (MLBAM)

Cards look feeble in defeat – Derrick Goold (St Louis Post Dispatch)

Quote

Padres manager Bud Black said, “He was just a little bit out of sync, especially with the fastball early, and the harder he tried to reel it in, the harder it was. Even the slider was a little bit off, but the last three innings were better than the first. He did right the ship.”

Random Thoughts

Allen Craig went first to third in the second inning on a single to shallow center.  Amarista’s throw was off the mark, allowing him to advance safely.  That said, it was an incredibly aggressive and risky play, given both where Amarista picked up the ball, and because Cardinal starting pitcher Lance Lynn was waiting on deck.  If Craig is thrown out, the pitcher leads off the third.  Craig was willing to risk it, probably because the Cardinals know Amarista has an infielder’s arm.  They also tagged from second to third in the fifth on Wong’s sac fly to … center.  When Amarista plays the OF, expect the opponent to run on him.

Announced attendance was 33,521 and 500 dogs.  Is that a team record for dogs at a game?  If not it should be.  And hats off to the folks tasked with cleaning up after them in the Park at the Park.  Someone in the Marketing Department needs to buy them all a beer.  Or several beers.

Tweets

(Ed Note:  Love this tweet.  The lady in question is a Cardinal fan; you know, Best Fans In Baseball and all that.  No way she’s leaving early. ‘Sorry honey – haven’t seen you in a year but I’m staying to see if Allen Craig remembers how to hit.’)

Video

Solarte’s solo HR

Gyorko’s RBI single

Welcome Home, Marine

This is an updated/edited version from the one posted earlier this morning.

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