Padres Game Recap – May 23, 2015

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Padres Game Recap – May 23, 2015

sd-logoOne of the intriguing and sometimes agonizing characteristics about baseball is that a game can be determined in the first at bat, the last at bat, or anywhere in between.   Tonight the die was cast by the first Dodgers hitter that walked to the plate. Although no one knew it at the in the time, it would only take one swing of the bat to give Bolsinger and the Dodgers all the offense they would need for the 2-0 final.

Joc Pederson delivered the game winning hit in game one of the series with a home run in the 8th off Benoit, and stung the Friars again tonight in is first at bat against Kennedy as he hooked a fastball out over into the right field bleachers for a solo HR.

After that Kennedy was solid posting goose eggs until the 6th when he surrendered a 2-out single and a double to plate another run to give L.A. an insurance run that they wouldn’t need. Why was it unnecessary? Mike Bollinger.  He was almost quite literally unhittable tonight, as he pitched 8 scoreless frames and surrendered only 1 hit, a lead off single to start the game to Solarte.  He threw a mix of mostly curveballs with some elevated fastballs that the Friars were never able to solve, and retired the last 23 batters he faced in order, 8 by strikeout.

Jansen came on for the save and retired the Friars in order in the 9th to make it 26 up and 26 down after Solarte’s lead off single in the first.  The Pads did a lot of things well including Kennedy’s excellent starting effort, Quack and Garces posted zeros out of the ‘pen, and for the second night in a row Kemp made an excellent defensive play to rob his former club of a run scoring extra base hit, but the offense is simply in a slump.

The boys will try to salvage the final game of the set with Shields going to the hill.  First pitch is at 1:10.  Look forward to you joining Uncle Teddy and myself for the call on the Mighty 1090.



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  1. Louis Nunez via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Gyorko should be back in El Paso playing everyday!

  2. Louis Nunez via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Today’s lineup is close to what I think could change things up…Solarte should be back at 2nd Base….Kemp should be moved out of the 3 hole..switch with Norris in 5 hole….and a 1st baseman brought up from AAA (Wallace, Medica or Decker)

  3. Kevin Dupuis via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I don’t see solid reasoning for Fire Black comments. If baseball was as simple as just putting a talented club together then the Dodgers and Yankees/Redsox would be in the WS every year. Give this team at least until July and if they are still floundering then maybe consider a change in leadership but in May??? C’mon people.

  4. Daniel Yowell via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Easy folks, baseball is an ebb and flow game and right now we are ebbing lol. When we had all of our pieces, the Padres were humming, the only monkey wrench being Blacks use of Kelley in high leverage situations [which led to 4 losses]. Get Meyers and Alonzo back in the lineup and we will be just fine.

  5. Judi Graham via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for the re-cap. What’s your prediction for when the team will “gel” as we r all hoping? Getting harder to watch!

  6. Michael Pratschner via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

    The constant lineup shuffling is starting to appear desperate

  7. Andy Man via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Wow! After reading yesterday’s lineup post you put up reading the comments I see I’m not alone anymore in wanting Bud Black FIRED! Me & Matt Ribner for the last 3 years were the only one on you’re page saying we need change & you & others in here would laugh & put us down.

    Well well it looks like people finally see it my way. Shoot even the SD media is finally turning on him. We keep losing & stay under 500 by the all star break I don’t think he makes it to August.

    So Bob if we’re under 500 by the break DO YOU think we should make a change at manager. Be honest now.

  8. Ron Friedman via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Scan, time for a big shake-up, sit Kemp for a while. Bring up Renfroe for a tast of big leagues, bring deckervforv1b, if does not work, fire whoever coaching staff including Black but not Balsely

  9. Christina Perry via Facebook
    May 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the recap. I appreciate how positive you are. What happened to Upton?