Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub, and you wait wait wait for a run to score. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The beautiful things about Thursday’s game with San Francisco included the relatively few Giants fans sitting in the stands. Last night saw them return in force, like the swallows to Capistrano or your children to that Easter candy stash you thought you’d hidden so cleverly. With a sea of orange sitting on the third-base side, San Diego (2-3) rode seven strong innings from Brandon Morrow and an eighth-inning RBI double by Wil Myers to a 1-0 win over the City by the Bay (3-2).
Last night’s game looked a lot like the home opener. Tim Lincecum, who has tortured the Padres during his career (18-6 career mark and 9-3 at Petco, including that no-hitter), meant a potential long night for the hitters. In the first, Cory Spangenberg did his best to remind us 2014 is a fading memory by reaching on a cue shot that started foul and then rolled fair inside the third base bag. When Matt Kemp hit a ground ball deep behind the bag at third, Cory sprinted to second and kept chugging for third, beating the return throw from Buster Posey. Unfortunately he was stranded, and was the only Padre to reach scoring position until the eighth.
San Diego continued it’s assault on the ‘number of double plays hit into’ records, rolling into two more (courtesy of Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko), as well as a strike-em-out/throw-em-out with Spangenberg and Myers in the sixth. Later the caught stealing was changed to out via batter’s interference, saving Myers a CS and probably making his fantasy owners happy.
Meanwhile the Giants weren’t faring much better. San Fran had their leadoff hitter reach in the first and second, and had at least one man on base in three of the first four innings. Angel Pagan, booed lustily whenever announced, lined into a double-play to end the first. Brandon Crawford hit into a 6-4-3 DP in the fourth to end a two-on, one-out threat. Bud Black won his first challenge of the new season by arguing Nori Aoki was picked off first in the sixth – and the umpires agreed. Side note: there was a new umpiring crew for last night’s game. Finally after Morrow forgot where the strike zone was to start the seventh, pitching coach Darren Balsley set him straight; Morrow responded by striking out Crawford and enticing Casey McGehee to ground into the 3-6-1 DP.
Gyorko’s sensational catch on Gregor Blanco‘s pop-up to middle-deep CF helped Joaquin Benoit retire the side in order in the eighth. In the home half of that inning, Clint Barmes worked a full-count walk from Jeremy Affeldt, setting the stage for Myers’ heroics. A better relay throw probably nails Barmes at the plate, but when you haven’t scored in 22+ innings – including all 19 1/3 at home to that point – you send that sucker.
Craig Kimbrel allowed a one-out single before getting that guy Pagan to hit into a 6-3 DP to end it.
Myers’ clutch double lifts Padres over Giants (Corey Brock and Chris Haft, mlb.com)
Padres break scoreless streak in 1-0 win (Dennis Lin, SDUT)
Giants lose, 1-0, after stellar Lincecum start (Grant Brisbee, SN)
“It felt good to be back out there starting a big-league game,” said Morrow, who missed most of the last two seasons and was slowed this spring by a blister. “I definitely had some adrenaline going.” (Lin)
Brandon Morrow was the 5th overall pick in the 2006 draft (Mariners). That’s two slots ahead of Clayton Kershaw, 5 ahead of Lincecum, and six ahead of Max Scherzer. San Diego took Matt Antonelli at #17; Matt left the Padres in 2010, then bounced around with four other teams before retiring two years ago.