Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your morning drinking coffee and eating Cocoa Puffs before heading to the pub before it opens. And then waiting for the game to resume at lunchtime. And then realizing it’s time to think about dinner after the game finally is done. Oh, and the whole time watching to see if Padres’ GM AJ Preller makes any trades. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking AFTER doing all of that.
The Padres (49-53) scored more runs than the New York Mets (52-50), 8-7, in the final rain-delayed game of three at Citi Field.
Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.13) did not get the decision after pitching five and a third innings and allowing all seven Mets’ runs (five earned) on six hits and two walk with three strikeouts. Curtis Granderson hit a three-run home run with one out in the fifth inning. Juan Uribe had a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
Jon Niese (5-9, 3.63) also did not figure into the decision after giving up one run in six innings on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Matt Kemp drove in Melvin Upton Jr. with no outs in the sixth. Derek Norris hit a grand slam off Hansel Robles with one out in the seventh inning to make the score 7-5.
The ninth inning started with the Padres down by two runs. With two outs, Norris fell behind 0-1 when the game was delayed for 44 minutes. When play resumed, Norris hit a bloop single to right field off Jeurys Familia, followed by Kemp’s single past the shortstop. Justin Upton then sent a ball over the right field fence for a three-run home run to give the Friars the lead.
The rain started back up again, stopping play, and the grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp back out over the infield. Since this was the last game of the season between these two teams they had to finish the ninth inning after a two-hour and 52 minute delay. Craig Kimbrel retired the Mets in order to record his 30th save of 2015.
Tonight at 4:10pm PDT, the Padres start a three game series against the Miami Marlins (42-60) at Marlins Park. Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.58) is the scheduled starter with David Phelps (4-7, 3.86) scheduled for the Marlins.
Upton’s 9th-inning blast caps rain-soaked rally — Anthony DiComo and Joe Trezza (MLB.com)
Norris, Upton lead Padres in wacky comeback — Dennis Lin (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Justin Upton hits 3-run homer in ninth, Padres beat Mets — Howie Rumberg (The Associated Press)
Mets suffer a rain-soaked absolute gut-ripper of a loss — Dan Martin (New York Post)
Derek Norris on Justin Upton's home run: "Pouring down rain, he hits one out to the deepest part of the park. It was great, it was awesome."
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 31, 2015
After Price is traded #padres Ross will be next
— Friars On Base (@FriarsOnBase) July 30, 2015
A. Preller's body clock is on GMT
— Vedder Cup (@VedderCup) July 30, 2015
Deal sending Tyson Ross to Astros is near, but Padres still waiting to find out if deal will include alien mascot. Preller likes mascots.
— Friar Fever (@FriarFever) July 30, 2015
The Giants really are getting Ian Kennedy, aren't they
— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) July 30, 2015
Blue Jays were always my team I hoped the Padres traded with the most, great prospect base. Scratch them off now. #AJinthecorner
— Craig Elsten (@619sports) July 30, 2015
Not enough chairs and the music is about to stop. Let's go, Preller.
— SanDiegoJosh (@SanDiegoJosh) July 30, 2015
Sources: AJ Preller doesn't care that I hate waiting.
— Nathan Veale (@VocalMinorityNV) July 30, 2015
I need to go take the dog out so don't do anything for another half an hour, AJ, kthx.
— Pog Lankford (@poglankford) July 30, 2015
The Padres only need is to get better. If that's accomplished by trading Ross, do it. If it's accomplished by keeping him, do it.
— Geoffrey Hancock (@LeftCoastBias) July 30, 2015
Very funny…@KrisBudden reporting that Justin Upton was giving hugs in dugout after first inning. Just trying to cause some trouble haha.
— jesse agler (@jesseagler) July 30, 2015
Seems like San Diego's front office will be the center of the baseball universe for the next 26 hours, as their conversations play out.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2015
Padres with top three SPs, closer, set-up man, and bat on the board. No pressure.
— Steve Adler (@Steve_Adler) July 30, 2015
I'm mad at the Dodgers for getting Olivera all over again, because now I'm even more convinced it was to keep him out of San Diego.
— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) July 30, 2015
The longer Preller waits, the more I get my hopes up, and I should really know better than that at this point.
— Dani Williams (@DaniKDub) July 30, 2015