An early drizzle threatened to delay the game today. The short sprinkle cleared up and the tarp was rolled off the field. Everything seemed good to go and both teams were ready to take the field for game two of the four game series. Everybody except the Padres.
The hitting woes continue, as each game with poor run production feels like a terrible series of sequels that make just enough at the box office to keep showing up again and again. At this point, 20+ games into the season, who is hurting us the most? What does it mean for the next 20 games? Let's try to find some patterns.
|Chris Denorfia||.333||22||.838||4 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 LOB|
|Nick Hundley||.320||13||.880||4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 LOB|
|Everth Cabrera||.297||22||.718||5 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 LOB|
|Alexi Amarista||.220||21||.699||4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 LOB|
|Will Venable||.203||23||.501||2 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 LOB|
|Yonder Alonso||.198||16||.504||4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3 LOB|
|Xavier Nady||.192||16||.877||4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4 LOB|
|Jedd Gyorko||.139||23||.440||4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 LOB|
|Rene Rivera||.136||9||.310||1 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 LOB|
|Andrew Cashner||.222||7||.444||Fresh haircut, even fresher perm.|
Everth Cabrera serves to be our most consistent hitter. Which shouldn't really feel like a surprise, but with the way Jedd Gyorko is doing his best Matthew McConaughey/Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com movie title impression, and with Chase Headley swinging his way onto the DL, who knows what to expect at this point in the season. Should we look forward to low-performers being shoved onto the DL to make room for fresh blood? Or is this still too small of a sample size?
If we hold the sports cliche to heart and take it "one day at a time", today was a day I would have preferred to take completely off. Was my rain dance not enough? Apparently not. Stephen Strasburg threw fantastic as always, striking out 11 and only giving up 7 hits, holding us scoreless through 7.
With Robbie Erlin getting lit up, giving up 13 hits and 8 earned runs, today's highlight was seeing the newly introduced Kevin Quackenbush throw his first major league frame. Though Quackenbush wasn't given much of a positive environment going into a game trailing 8-1, he only gave up 2 runs on 2 hits throwing a quick 1.2 innings and recording his first major league strikeout. Starting the Quackenbeard off with a 10.80 ERA isn't very nice of us, but it was nice seeing new talent deliver some good product in tonight's rainy effort. Let's get his season rolling with a quack.
A bonus meal was being treated to Jace Peterson's first big league outing at third base. Jace was brought in during the 6th inning to provide the Gnats with a front-row seat of his first major league hit; a snippy single into center field. Batting .500 in the big leagues? Woah! Did I hear somebody say "extension"?