Bouncing back from yesterday, the James Shields and the Padres were looking to bag their first win of 2015 at Chase Field. In regards to last night's mishap, you can call it an off day -- or pretend we had a day off (and this is the start of a 3 game series.) Both work, because the Friars pulled things together for the win.
Shields wasn't dominate today, but he kept things in reach. That's thanks to the power of the Wil(s), and a pair of timely knocks from Matt Kemp, Alexi Amarista, and a lil' bloop from Justin Upton. A solo home run from Will Venable in the top of the second was upped by a 2-run HR from Chris Owings off a juicy two-seamer that was left in a bad spot. But then the Pads started piling it on.
Kemp's RBI in the 3rd to plate Cory Spangenberg (who went 1-for-1 with 4 walks by the way) and a ball put into play for a fielder's choice RBI by Amarista in the 4th. Followed up with an absolutely-crushed HR blast into left field from Myers, and a suicide-blooper from Upton. The Pads were up 5-2, but the Snakes started slithering back with their gross slimy bodies off an A.J. Pollock solo shot, making things 5-3.
Shields showed even more missed location and gave up back-to-back home runs and the game was tied 5-5. While this was all going on, both Wil Myers and Will Venable were building up one hit short of a cycle. Myers with a triple, Venable with a double needed. I'll spoil it all right now: Myers tried to stretch a single and was thrown out at first, Venable struck out in one of the most Will Venable things to happen in Padres history.
Oh well— jesse agler (@jesseagler) May 9, 2015
Wait, but before we all sigh over Wenable's poor final at bat, let's appreciate his line-drive RBI single to knock Upton in making things 6-5 for the Padres. Forgivable, but still. Time to bring in the Craig Kimbrel, and Kimbrel did his job. Giving Myers two final chances to record the first two outs of the 9th, Kimbrel blasted Pollock with a heat that not even the Arizona desert could match, and the Padres winnit.
Today's win projection was a roller coaster victory, but I'll take that every single day over whatever happened yesterday. The Friars are once again an above .500 team.
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