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Padres fans everywhere gathered in Anaheim of Los Angeles last night to see the Padres play on Memorial Day.  They were treated to a game in which Jered Weaver had the Padres offense off balance most of the night.  Meanwhile the Angels offense singled their way to victory.  In the bottom of the second Carlos Perez hit an RBI single scoring Matt Joyce.  In the bottom of the 4th Matt Joyce singeled to right to drive in Kole Calhoun.

The Angels third run came in the 5th when Tyson Ross threw a pitch in the dirt.  It only got a few feet away from Derek Norris but was enough room for Erick Aybar to come sprinting down the third base line to dive head first into home.

The play was reviewed and was it was confirmed that Aybar was safe all along, a bad challenge by Bud Black and his crew.

The Padres were down 3-0 when in the 7th the Padres made their comeback.  It started with a line drive double by Yangervis Solarte that scored Middlebrooks and ended with a Will Venable single that scored both Jedd Gyorko and Solarte.

In the bottom of the 9th Bud Black had to make a tough decision.  Would he pitch to Mike Trout with two men on or walk him to face the aging Albert Pujols?

Pitch to Pujols or Trout? 'It's a tough one,' Black says | padres.com

"In a decision like that, you go with what you think is the best matchup. That's what it was," Black said. "Trout is a great player and he swung the bat well tonight. Albert looked, tonight, like he wasn't swinging the bat all that great."

He had Craig Kimbrel pitch to Pujols and it ended with a walk-off broken bat single.  Pujols apparently thought it was an insult to intentionally walk Trout to get to him.  He tossed the knob of his bat in the direction of the Padres dugout and yelled something too.

It was still probably the best decision, but one that was being questioned by some fans.  I like how former pitcher CJ Nitkowski summed it up.

Now the Padres are 21-25, the same record that the team has had the last 2 seasons (and 1983).

Year

Wins in first 46

Win %

Season Wins

Season Games

Season Win %

2015

21

45.65

21

46

45.65

2013

21

45.65

76

162

46.91

2014

21

45.65

77

162

47.53

1983

21

45.65

81

163

49.69