Padres Game Recap – May 27, 2015

Baseball 27 May 2015
Padres Game Recap  – May 27, 2015

sd-logoFinally Cashner got some love from the baseball gods tonight…and a win!  It wasn’t easy but the Friars took care of the Angels 5-4 to take the series two games to one, and finish the Los Angeles road trip an even 3-3.

Cash has been the hard luck starter this year getting little run support and at times poor defensive back up as well with 12 unearned runs crossing while on the hill.  Both the O and the D showed up for him tonight to support a solid 7-inning effort of his own.

A couple of doubles by Norris and Middlebrooks against Angels Starter Garrett Richards got the Pads on the board in the 2nd, 1-0.  The lead was short lived, though, as the Halos answered with a double and single of their own to tie it up 1-1.  There would have been even more damage had Amarista and Spangenberg not turned a slick 6-4-3 double play in the inning on a ball heading up the middle, with Alexi glove shoveling the ball to Cory who bare handed it and fired to first.

The Pads tagged Richards for two more in the 4th, with Middlebrooks again the producer this time with a 2-run HR over the left field wall to give the Friars a 3-1 nose up.  The Angels refused to sit quietly and answered immediately with a run to trim the lead to 3-2. Cash worked a scoreless 5th but allowed a solo HR in the 6th to tie it, and again it started to look as though a solid starting effort might go unrewarded for him in the W column.

The fellas stepped up for him in the 7th though with another offensive push against Richards with Upton and Kemp each coming up with 2-out run scoring singles to put the Friars up 5-3.  It wasn’t just support with the bats though for Cash, but with the leather as well with Venable for the second night in a row making  a stellar catch, this time laying out full extension in the left field gap to deny extra bases and end the inning.

Maurer then came on for the third night in a row and had his 13 scoreless inning steak broke yielding a run in the 8th to cut the Pads lead to 5-4.  I said it wasn’t an easy one tonight! Kimbrel also was asked to go for a third night in a row to close it out, and took care of the first two batters no problem.  Giavotella then lined a 2-out single to the gap in right, but made a crucial miscalculation when he tried to extend it into a double challenging Kemp’s arm.  Matt fired a perfect strike to second gunning him down for the final out – a dramatic ending to an exciting game!

Two very well played and hard fought wins put a nice end to the road trip for the Pads, and hopefully bring some positive momentum back home for the upcoming series against the Pirates.

More good news before we wrap this up.  Yonder Alonso played his first rehab game in Lake Elsinore and went 1 for 3 with a walk.  Assuming all continues to go smoothly he will play another game for the Storm on Thursday, then join the El Paso ball club for couple of games before hopefully being announced ready to return from the DL.  Additionally Brandon Morrow continues to feel good and will throw a simulated game at Petco tomorrow, so his march towards rejoining the rotation continues to progress unhindered. Will Myers, mean while, continues to rest his left wrist from hitting, but received a good report from the Dr.’s that the swelling and fluid buildup continue to subside.

Kennedy will get the ball to start the homestand, with the first pitch tomorrow being fired by him at 7:10. Can’t wait for you to join Ted Leitner and myself for all the action on the Mighty 1090.


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  1. AJ Ducusin via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    3 hr? really? Fire bud black

  2. Amy Merriman via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Great recap and great game!!

  3. Stan Zab via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Matt, are you going to completely disappear if we make it to the post season? Seems like you’re a fan of firing the manager and nothing else.

  4. RayRay Leaño via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Awesome game!

  5. Matt Ribner via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Ok dude. They needed 10 innings to score on Tuesday and squeaked out a 1 run win yesterday. Coming together is a 5 or 6 game streak.

  6. Eric Sunderland via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    It is starting to come together scan!

  7. Matt Ribner via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

    2 wins in a row and some people act like this is the greatest team, lol.

  8. Alex Aguilar via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Feels good to hear Padres fans on the road!

  9. Jeffrey Pilch via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Feeling a little better about things.Why ? The Padres rotation is one of the best in baseball.

  10. Kevin Dupuis via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Seriously, starting pitching: greatly improved of late. Bullpen: greatly improved of late. Defense: looking better with fewer unearned runs as of late. Middlebrooks and Kemp: starting to hit. Venable, Upton, Solarte, Norris: already hitting.

    Things are looking up folks!

  11. Richard Hawkes via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I was at the game tonight. Front row seats down the right field line. I would guess that 70% of our section were Friar Faithful. Loved seeing all the Padres gear on display this series. We were well represented!

  12. Louis Nunez via Facebook
    May 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Will Middlebrooks keep it coming!

  13. Stan Zab via Facebook
    May 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    8 out of the 48 games we’ve played have been against teams with losing records. I think we’ll be just fine as the season progresses. Alonso coming back soon too!

  14. Mark Taylor via Facebook
    May 27, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    In form Buccos coming up.Soon to be out of form hopefully.

  15. Daniel Velasco Cordova via Facebook
    May 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Come on padres keep it up! Let’s get a 5 game win streak and catch up in the division!