While You Were Drinking: Game 125 (SD vs. PIT)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

As the Padres came off of a walk-off win on Sunday afternoon at home the Pirates were dropping a game to the D-Backs in 16 innings in Pittsburgh. Many thought that the Padres had the upper-hand going into last night’s game against the Buckos but to think such a thing is to ignore the old adage that you’re only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher. And last night the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano was good. The lefty struck-out 13, en route to a 3-1 victory, as his slider and change-up induced flailing swings from one Padre after another. Pirate relievers struck out 4 more batters for good measure to finish the game with 17 Ks. Yes. 17.

Andrew Cashner pitched alright but there’s little one can do when your offense is so utterly confused.

Tyson Ross tries to right the ship tonight for the Padres (56-69) while AJ Burnett tries to keep the tide rolling for Pittsburgh. First pitch: 7:10 pm.


Lack of support costs Cashner in duel – AJ Cassavell (mlb.com)

Two up, two down: Pirates 3, Padres 1 – Dennis Lin (U-T)


“I was throwing my fastball in and out for strikes, so that made my breaking pitches easier to throw,” Liriano said. “I could throw any pitch at any time. I had a lot of confidence in my pitches, and Tony [Sanchez] was blocking a lot of pitches behind the plate, so I could throw my slider at any time.” [Cassavell)



Why Not Kotsay?

With Nick Hundley on 3rd base, down by 2 runs, and the game on the line, Bud Black asked #WhyNotKotsay . . . to which Mark Melancon answered with a deadly quickness.


Jerry Coleman joined Dick Enberg and Mark Sweeney in the booth to discuss the lexicon of baseball. It was funny.

If you like good pitching, watch Andrew Cashner’s performance and then take a look at Francisco Liriano’s effort.

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