While You Weren’t Drinking 2014 Game 36 (MIA vs SD)

Sometimes you get a little distracted when you’re frustrated.  Your team is a basket case at the plate, and you’re a basket case in your living room.  You pace.  You’ve tried to soothe your nerves with alcohol but that stopped working 10 days ago.  You want to watch the game but you just can’t bring yourself to turn it on; listening to it causes all those swings and misses to dance through your head.  You end up mesmerized by a Cleveland Brown draft pick.  Here’s what you missed while fighting despair.

The Padres wasted yet another solid pitching performance from a starter.  Given the offensive struggles currently afflicting San Diego, Ian Kennedy probably figured the only way he could win is if he did it all himself.  You know, throw a shut out and hit a home run.  He very nearly did.  Ian drove a 2-0 fastball off Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner 400′ into the LF bleachers to give himself a 1-0 lead.  He then continued to strike out everyone in sight.  Kennedy fanned six the first turn through the order, and five the second time through. He retired 17 of the first 18 hitters he faced, including 12 in a row.  He finished with 12 strikeouts, the fourth time he’s tied his career high. He ultimately struck out every Marlins starter out save Marcell Ozuna.

A one-run lead is the slimmest of margins; any slip-up and it evaporates.  Kennedy blinked, allowing a 2-out double to Christian Yelich in the fifth.  When Derek Dietrich followed that with a hard single to right, Yelich scored and the game was tied.

Oh, that woeful offense. The Padres left the bases loaded in the first and failed to score Everth Cabrera when he made it to third base with one out in the third.  They went 0-7 with RISP during the game and managed only four hits after the third inning.  This against Turner, who came in with an ERA over 7.

Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street worked 3 scoreless innings, with Street finally striking out Ozuna.  The game went into extra innings.  It appeared Dale Thayer would retire the side in order in the eleventh, but Jedd Gyorko was unable to get the ball out of his glove to retire Dietrich and the inning continued.  Up stepped Giancarlo Stanton.  Taking on 0-2 pitch away and somewhat down, Stanton hit a laser onto the beach for a back-breaking 2-run HR.  San Diego went quietly in the bottom of the inning, and dropped the first game of this 4-game series 3-1.

Jose Fernandez faces Tyson Ross tonight.

Recaps

Offense can’t finish what Kennedy starts – Sanders (SDUT)

Padres stung in 11th after Kennedy shines early – Brock (MLB.com)

Giancarlo Stanton powers Miami Marlins past San Diego Padres in 11th inning win – Spencer (Miami Herald)

Quote

“I just dropped it,” Gyorko said. “Easy play. It’s got to be made every single time. It’s unacceptable. It’s bad. It pretty much cost us the game. … When you cost your team like that, it’s going to be a tough pill to swallow.” (Sanders)

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Video

Marcel Ozuna retired 2-3-4-1 in the seventh

Ian Kennedy’s HR

Stanton’s ridiculous HR to break the tie in the eleventh.

Padres have scored 2 runs in their last 31 innings, both on solo homers.  A Padre position player hasn’t scored a run or knocked in one for 27 innings (Grandal HR on Tuesday).  Kennedy’s HR was the first by a Padres pitcher at Petco since Edinson Volquez hit a 3-run shot on 6/2/13.  Volquez lost that night too.

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  • USMC53

    Good write-up.
    Sad state of affairs.
    I love the Kennedy trade, though. He’s looking great.