That was a pretty ugly game. Tyson Ross gave up five runs in 6.1 innings, and the bullpen provided no relief, allowing three more of their own. Meanwhile, the offense never got off the ground. The entire Pirates defense was angling for Gold Gloves, making spectacular diving stops left and right. The Padres' sole run came from a Jedd Gyroko solo shot.
San Diego's best chance came in the third inning when Pedro Alvarez couldn't come up with the ball cleanly, allowing Ronny Cedeño to reach first. Ross moved him to second, and then Will Venable picked up a single, advancing him to third. Alexi Amarista drew a walk, bringing up Yonder Alonso with two outs. On a 1-1 count, A.J. Burnett threw a sinker that did the opposite of sinking. Called strike two, and neither Yonder nor the crowd were pleased with the decision. I'm not saying it was a ball so much as I'm saying that home plate umpire Doug Eddings wouldn't be able to find something high even if he was hanging out with Willie Nelson and Snoop
Doggy Dogg Lion in the middle of Humboldt. Yonder swung at the next pitch since he no longer had any idea where the strike zone was, and that was that. He and Eddings exchanged a few words, then Bud Black came out with a few of his own. Nobody got tossed and the game continued to unravel.
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