Padres Game Recap – May 25, 2015

Baseball 26 May 2015
Padres Game Recap – May 25, 2015

sd-logoHeart breaker… thats what tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Angels was. At least that’s how it felt from the Padres radio booth tonight.  To watch the fellas battle back from behind late to tie the game, only to have it taken away in walk-off fashion was tough to swallow.

Ross looked sharp right out of the shoot with good command of both his fastball and slider.  He retired the first five batters in a row, four by strikeout.  With two outs in the 2nd, though, he allowed a double to Joyce down the line past a dive by Solarte.  A two strike breaking ball down low went through the legs of Norris for a passed ball which allowed Joyce to move to third, and it did matter because Perez’s infield single would then be enough to score Joyce for a 1-0 Angel lead.

In the 4th the Angels would strike again with a lead off single by Calhoun, followed by a stolen base.  Joyce then singled to score Calhoun, 2-0 Angels.  The Halos would put two more runners on that inning but Ross worked out without any further damage.


The next inning the Angels again put the lead off man on with a single, and again he stole second.  The league has really taken advantage of Ross’s slow delivery to the plate and he’s now allowed 18 stolen bases this season with only four runners caught.  He’s allowed at least one in all but one of his starts, and two or more in six of his last eight outings including this one.  That runner would end up scoring on on a wild pitch…the second self inflicted Padres run of the evening.

The Friar’s offense would come to life though against Weaver who was masterful in his usual crafty righty kind of way.  He kept the Pads off balance most of the night with 67 MPH curveballs, 75 MPH changeups, cutters, and the occasional fastball strategically located to try to prevent guys from leaning too far out.  Middlebrooks started things off with a single, and after a hot shot out by Almonte Scioscia felt he had pushed his luck far enough with Weaver and went to his bullpen. Gyorko worked a pinch hit walk, then Solarte came through with a 2-run double down the left field line to get the Pads on the board.  Venable then came up huge with a two-out, two-strike single off a tough sweeping curveball to score two and tie the game at 3 a piece. I took all the air out the Angles sails and the boisterous Memorial day crowd.

Maurer mowed the Angels down in the 7th, as did Benoit in the 8th.  Quackenbush was called on for the 9th with the game still tied at 3.  A one out walk, however, would start the Pads undoing.  That was followed by a single back up the middle to put runners at 1st and 3rd.  Buddy decided to mange with urgency and against what some would consider traditional tactics called upon his closer Kimbrel to stop the threat. Craig did his job striking out the first batter he faced to get the second out, which brought Trout to the plate. Buddy understandably opted to intentionally walk the best hitter in the Halo’s lineup to pitch to the elder superstar Pujols.  Showing he still has the will to come through in the big situations against the best relievers in the game Pujols muscled a 98 MPH fastball that shattered his bat through the left side for a single pushing the winning run across for the 4-3 victory.  A painful walk off the diamond for the Pads.

The team continues to show heart.  It continues to show it won’t quit. It continues to show flashes of what it is capable of with the pitching and hitting, but it needs to put together an extended string of those elements all coming together, and it has to cut down on the self inflicted wounds.

Despaigne will go to the mound for the Friars tomorrow and try to get the first of two W’s needed for the boys to still win the series and finish up a .500 road trip.  First pitch is at 7:05 and can’t wait for you to join Uncle Teddy and myself for all the action on the Mighty 1090.




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  1. Dean Nelson via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Kimberly, what is wrong?

  2. Ken Saul via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Buddy need to find some buddy’s elsewhere

  3. Ken Mckeand via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Weak effort last night

  4. Marv Foye via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Buddy picked his poison and Albert was strong enough to push the ball through breaking his bat. It was a great reality moment. Next game!

  5. Andy Man via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Bob, I & the postgame guys notice Pujos throw his broken bat towards our Dugout & Black with anger (I’m assuming cuz they walked Trout to get to him & he felt disrespected) & as he jogged to first he mad dog (stare them down angrily) them for while. Which I felt there was no need for that it was a punk move. Do you think he will get plunk today & should he get plunk?

    I think they should. He did this before to us when he hit a HR in 2003 against us & wagged his finger at us Bouchy actually sent a hit on him the next day & as our catcher Gary Bennet (I think that was his name) was talking to him Pujos sucker punch him. I just hope we don’t let him get away with it & Black sends a hit on his back the next game.

  6. Ron Friedman via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I think this game shows to reason black has to go, sorry scan

  7. Amy Merriman via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Great recap Scan!!
    Go Pads!!

  8. Louis Nunez via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Thanks Scan for your recaps..they awoke and really needed this one..something needs to shake these guys up..Alonso should be back soon, I had been hoping they would have brought up a first baseman from AAA leaving Solarte playing 2B all this time….Gyorko needs his at bats in El Paso … and Meyers needed back to start the party!

  9. Jeffrey Pilch via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Black looked particularly bummed after this one. Just stood at dugout rail and stared out onto the field long after it had ended. I feel for him. Class act.

  10. Michael Shin via Facebook
    May 26, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Scan. I still think if you would’ve kissed Uncle Teddy like the Kiss Cam suggested, the baseball gods would’ve given us that W