While You Were Drinking (Game 20) LA vs SD

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy while coping with a losing streak.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Mired in a four game losing streak, the Padres looked for encouragement.  Perhaps they found some from a large contingent of United States Marines.  More likely they trusted in the right arm of Brendan Morrow (1-0, 2.67).  Behind seven innings of 5-hit ball, San Diego ended their skid, defeating Scott Baker (0-1, 3.86) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7) 3-1.  Coupled with a Rockies loss, the Padres moved back into a tie for second in the NL West.

San Diego (11-9) will continue the home stand tomorrow when they welcome in the Houston Astros (11-7) for a 3-game set.  You might not have noticed, because they’ve been horrible for years, but Houston currently leads the AL West.  James Shields (2-0, 3.24 ERA, 3.47 FIP) will square off against Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.41 ERA, 1.74 FIP)

Today’s first inning was the most exciting of the game.  Jimmy Rollins ensured there would be no no-hitter for the 7,349th time with a single to center on the game’s sixth pitch.  After Andre Ethier flied to left, Rollins broke for second on a 3-2 pitch to Adrian Gonzalez.  He struck out; Rollins was thrown out 2-6.  Thankyouverymuch.

In the home half, Yangervis Solarte was rewarded with a walk after a 10-pitch duel with Dodger starter (and recent call-up) Baker.  Matt Kemp lined Baker’s next pitch into right center, sending Solarte to third.  Glenn Hoffman, feeling aggressive, sent Solarte home; he was out by 20 feet (8-4-2).  The Padres can hit now, Glenn; maybe hold him there with Justin Upton due and one out? Kemp eventually advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was left when Upton struck out.

From there, it became a battle of the long ball.  Alexi Amarista opened the HR Derby with a 398′ shot to right, staking the Padres to a 1-0 third-inning lead.  Kemp walked leading off the fourth, stole second, which became important when Yonder Alonso grounded to first; instead of a 3-6-1 double play, it was a routine 3-1 putout that allowed Kemp to take third.  Derek Norris‘ double to left sent Kemp home.

LA returned long-ball fire in the fifth, on Alex Guerrero‘s fifth home run of the season (in only 23 at bats, mind you; he might be OK).  But that was all the LA offense would muster.  They did not advance a runner to second after the HR.  In the sixth, Ethier led off with a single, but Gonzalez bounced into a 4-6-3 twin killing to end the minor threat.  Norris capped the scoring when he homered to left with one out in the seventh.

Joaquin Benoit set the Dodgers down in order in the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel overpowered them in the ninth for his sixth save on the season.

Recaps

Brandon Morrow Stops Padres’ Skid – Jeff Sanders (SDUT)

Morrow pitches Padres past Dodgers in series finale – Ken Gurnick/Tim Powers (MLB)

Rookie Guerrero homers in 3-1 Dodgers loss to Padres – Bernie Wilson (AP)

Quote

“We all know Alexi is a hard-nosed player and he’s on every pitch. That was a big at-bat and it loosened up the dugout a little bit. These games against the Dodgers, a lot of it is momentum. That was a really big at-bat by one of our guys who fights in every at-bat.” — Padres manager Bud Black on Amarista’s solo home run (Gurnick/Powers)

Odd-Ball Fact

43,256 attended Sunday’s game, bringing the 3-game total to 130,765.  The Padres announced it as the third-largest total to see a 3-game series in San Diego.  The largest saw the Yankees play three in 2002 (165,929).  Rumor has it the second-largest was the Red Sox series in 2007 (133,311).  That would make this weekend the largest to see a NL opponent.

Video

Solarte cut down at the plate in the first

Amarista’s solo shot

Adrian hits into a 4-6-3 DP in the sixth

Photo

US Marines line the foul lines as part of Military Appreciation Day, 26 Apr 15

US Marines line the foul lines as part of Military Appreciation Day, 26 Apr 15

 

Ed. Note – updated with player links to Baseball Reference.

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