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SD 2, OAK 16: Amarista pitches, hits home run

It doesn't get much worse than today's absolute blowout to the A's. But at least we got to see Ninja pitch.

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Mudcat put it perfectly in the top of the 9th. The Padres down 16-2 and down to their final out. "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." Today, the Friars were the bug. After losing a quick two-game series to the Athletics back in San Diego, the Pads tried to get some momentum going up in Oakland. Tonight's loss can only be considered the opposite of momentum.

Odrisamer Despaigne was lit up early, giving up 4 runs in the first inning. He went the next five innings only allowing one more run, striking out two. Leaving in the 7th, Frank Garces would come in to replace him and swiftly give up three more runs. The game was blown wide open.

The worse news was the Padres lineup wasn't doing much better. By the end of the night they would strikeout for a total of 13 times. Stringing together only two runs off a solo home run from Alexi Amarista and Will Middlebrooks. By the 8th inning, the bullpen was burnt and none other than the Ninja himself would come in for his MLB pitching debut with two outs.

Two pitches, one out. A smirking end to an ugly night.

Elsewhere in the West, Clayton Kershaw was bullied by the Texans and threw a crybaby hissyfit in the dugout. Here's a video of that if it helps cheer you up a little.

The good news is that tomorrow the score is reset to 0-0. We will see Ian Kennedy on the mound, and hopefully not any more position players.

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