Padres Game Recap – May 22, 2015

Baseball 23 May 2015
Padres Game Recap – May 22, 2015

sd-logo“It’s always something – if it ain’t one thing it’s another” – Roseanne Rosannadanna. ¬†Gilda Radner’s famous SNL character could certainly be talking about the Padres recently. ¬†Tonight was no exception as the starting pitching showed up and was marvelous, but the defense, and bullpen had momentary lapses that were enough to sway the outcome to the Dodgers favor 2-1.

Cashner started and had one of his sharpest outings of the season.  He had excellent command of his fastball, slider and change up for most of the game. The only hiccup came in the 5th when he allowed a lead off single the resulted in a runner standing on second because of an error in the outfield. The next batter doubled scoring the runner easily from second for the only run (unearned) he would allow over his six innings of work.

The Friars answered in the 7th with Norris doubling off Greinke, and Venable fighting off a fastball on his hands to single into center scoring Norris on close and ultimately unsuccessfully challenged play at the plate to tie the game.  The pads had the momentum and finally in the 8th had Greinke out of the game but stranded 2 runners in the frame.

Maurer pitched a strong scoreless 7th, and Benoit was called upon to handle the 8th as usual. ¬†But the unusual happened and he did not post a zero. ¬†After getting ahead ¬†of Joc Pederson 0-2 on two good changeups down and away, he tried to go with a fastball away but missed his location leaving ¬†it on the plate and Pederson crushed it 430′ into the right center field pavilion for a 2-1 Dodger lead, and the ballgame.

The good news is it looks as though maybe the starting pitching is starting to settle down with four solid efforts in a row Рall good enough to win.  The hitting, however, continues its slump and the bullpen its hit or miss identity crisis. When things are going like this you simply have to play flawless baseball from the pithing and defensive standpoint and make the one or two runs you do get stand up.  Easier said than done, but you have to grind, and grind, and grind out as many wins as possible until you get all your pieces back in the lineup and things start to heat up again.

It will be up to Kennedy tomorrow to stop the three game skid.   First pitch is at 7:10 and Uncle Teddy and I will look forward to you jingo us for the action on the Mighty 1090.

Scan

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11 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Pilch via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Appreciate your work Scan. This hard work will pay off, You are a true pro,


  2. Nancy Brady via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    why not rest kemp


  3. Andy Man via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    2013, 2014, 2015 in all those years at this exact time they have the same record & under 500! In those 3 years many things have changed, we gotten better players, hired new coaches, new GM, higher payroll but still we have played the same bad under 500 ball. And what’s one of the main things that has stayed the same? Yup BUD BLACK! It’s time for change! He needs to go! Even our own SD media is turning on him now.


  4. Matt Ribner via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Can’t believe someone that has failed miserably at their job for 9 years still has a job. It’s Pat Murphy time!!!!


  5. Daniel Yowell via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I am not concerned at all about where the Padres are, relative to a Wild Card spot. When the Padres had all of their players, they were a top 4 team in the N.L. and will be again once they get those guys back. Kimberl and Benoit will blow it once in a while. If the Padres are still playing like this once they get their guys back, then I will become concerned. Does anyone really think we could bury the Dodgers in a playoff race.


  6. Donavan Jones via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Not a fun stretch of games!! good to hear someone be positive for us!! Our faith is being tested!!


  7. Kevin Dupuis via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Nice summary Scan. Hopefully the boys tighten things up and squeak out some Ws while we wait for Myers and YoZo to come back.


  8. Michael Hedrick via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 5:51 am

    This whole team is in a slump.You can’t win games with no runs.


  9. Ron Friedman via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I do not understand why he has Kemp hittin 3rd while in slump and why not a double switch and leave Mauer in and hit america 9th and Mauer 8th , has done 2 innings before and is our most effective relief pitcher, not good managing


  10. Marc Nimetz via Facebook
    May 23, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Solid start by Cash, finally good to see! It’ll be a relief when we get our regulars back.