Padres Game Recap – May 21, 2015

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Padres Game Recap – May 21, 2015

sd-logoLike Forrest Gump might say, “Baseball is like a box of chocolates. ¬†You never know what you’re gonna get.” ¬†Tonight the Padres got the best Kyle Hendricks that anyone has ever seen, and fell to the Cubs 3-0 while dropping the series 2-1.

Despaigne started with an urgent need for both the team and himself to have a good outing.  The team needed to win rubber match to salvage the homestand after dropping three of four to the Nationals. Odrisamer needed a rebound outing for himself after back to back rough outings to prove he should stay in the rotation at least until Morrow is ready to return.  Things started shakily when OD issued a lead off walk to Fowler, then hung a curveball to Bryant who drove it over the center field wall to post a 2-0 Cubs lead in the 1st before an out was recorded.

To his credit, however, Despaigne pulled himself together when things could have easily spiraled down, and he did not a low another run for the next five innings. He did a fine job of using this fastball effectively to his glove side away to RH batters and in to the LH’s, and ended up throwing 6 innings of 2-run ball, but left trailing 2-0.

While OD was holding the Cubs in check the Pads offense itself was being shut down by Kyle Hendricks. ¬†The Friars had faced him in Chicago but he was nowhere near as sharp last time as he was tonight. He was surgical with is fastball all night long. ¬†He sank it and cut it at will and stayed on the corners all night. ¬†He probably didn’t throw more than a dozen off speed pithes all night. ¬†But he didn’t need to. ¬†It was a great example of how a well placed fastball is still the toughest pitch to hit. The Friars were only able to muster 5 safeties, and the only runner to reach second base was Upton after he stole second following his single in the 4th.

The Cubs got an insurance run for themselves with a Russell HR in the 7th, but it was truly excess because Hendricks was not in trouble at any point in the evening, and twice when the Pads did get a man on base he rolled a double play to nip any threat in the bud.  He ended up with a 5-hit shoutout, his first in MLB .

Aside from the game there was some good news coming out of Petco today with updates on some injured guys trying to come back.  First, Yonder Alonso is healing up quicker than expected and may resume baseball activities within the next few days which is great news for him and the team who has missed him.  Second, Brandon Morrow threw a bullpen today as he continues to strengthen that pitching shoulder.

I usually don’t say this on game 43 of the season, but this upcoming road trip could be an important one for the Pads. ¬†Playing the Dodgers it’s an excellent opportunity to gain ground on the division leader who has lost 6 of heir last 8, and 3 in a row all shutouts at the hands of the Giants. ¬†They then stay on the West Coast to make the travel easy as they face Anaheim who’s been en fuego of late winning 10 of their last 15.

Cashner will be handed the ball on Friday to get the trip off to a good start with the first pitch being fired at 7:10 at Chavez Ravine.  Look forward to you joining Ted Leitner and me for all the action during the series on The Mighy 1090.

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12 Comments

  1. Matthew D Booth via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I only drink Red Wine Bob Scanlan As upset As I get I have been following Pads daily for 10 plus years Never give up


  2. Matthew D Booth via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Bob I realize Baseball is a game but I am wondering if it is not such a good idea for me to attend them anymore anytime soon. I cannot stand the losing to the point I get MAD. My Wine drinking and general nature are a factor as well but mostly it breaks my heart to see the team look so bad, when I know they are not. Padres should have won that series. I am having a hard time having Fun while we wait for the team to heal.


  3. Matt Ribner via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    #nomoreexcuses soon you’ll be saying it’s only half way through the season. Some people just can’t admit that are underachieving and playing pathetic baseball.


  4. Stan Zab via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Also, the Padres have played the toughest schedule in MLB to this point (more games against above .500 teams than any other).

    People need to quit freaking out. Dodgers havent scored a run in 35 innings…this team is in a slump but Im 100% positive they’ll get on a roll eventually as well. Its a very long season and we are barely a 1/4 through it.


  5. Matt Ribner via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Where are the changes already? No excuse for this pathetic play. Buddy shouldn’t even bother going to Los Angeles!


  6. Amy Merriman via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 9:06 am

    As always great recap, Scan!
    Hopefully the boys can turn it around! Go Padres! Beat LA!!


  7. Chris Clark via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Scan, am I the only fan who is quite unimpressed with Despaigne? I mean, sure he DID clamp down after a bad first inning, but even during his clamp down, he was ALL OVER THE PLACE. One pitch would be money…. and the very next in the dirt about 3 feet to Norris’ right. You’ve got to credit Norris more than anything for continuing to block/catch/stop all of those errant pitches he was making. And it’s not unique to this game, either. He’s been very inconsistent since his 2nd or 3rd start. Maybe some time in El Paso to get him consistent would help. And surely it would help his confidence.


  8. Daniel Yowell via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 7:06 am

    The Padre offense is sputtering because there are key pieces missing: Alonzo, Meyers, Kemp [slump] and Gyorko [slump]. In addition, the bullpen has been made weaker by AJ with the addition of Kelley. This team will right itself once those players come back and the others bust out of their slumps.


  9. Chase Brandon Kemp via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Same rhetoric every year with this team. “We’ll come out of it…” “We’re confident the bats will heat up…” “You gotta tip your hat to opposing pitcher/team…” How about “You know what? We’re not getting it done and we’re not playing acceptable baseball right now. We’ll do everything we can to improve.” I swear this team is so lackadaisical to the point in which one wants to vomit.

    Spend money, same results. I’m a Bud Black defender, but being Captain Cool is obviously driving the team into mediocre obscurity (per usual). If Matt Kemp is struggling, bench him. If Jedd Gyorko is struggling, bench him. I went to every game in this series and felt hoodwinked by this team. It seriously looks like Matt Kemp wishes he was frolicking hand-in-hand with Andre Ethier in Dodger Stadium rather than being in a leadership role on a team that was built on high-expectations.


  10. Christina Perry via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 6:37 am

    They can’t hand out home runs like party favors! 7 shut outs so far. Those shut out games are the worst!


  11. Ron Friedman via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Scan , you sound lousy, take care of yourself. On another note, they have to shake things up before it gets too late , need ss,, maybe a new mgr


  12. Emily Kowalski via Facebook
    May 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

    This is so hard to watch right now. It’s worse than last year because I actually had hope this year. The pitching has been okay the last couple of nights but now the offense can’t produce.