The Padres were cruising into the today's third game of the series against the Reds feeling pretty high, after staging a huge comeback yesterday riding off a Yonder Alonso grand slam. Andrew Cashner was looking awfully shaky for the second time in the row, but the Friar lineup let Cash know he didn't have to worry. A series win was clinched, and the Pads hoped to collect their second sweep of the season.
But today, a valiant effort from Odrisamer Despaigne was all for naught. After giving up a solo HR to Jay Bruce in the second, Bruce was able to catch up again in the 6th to slam 3 more against the Pads, and 6 innings of 4-hit baseball was soiled by a pair of icky pitches. Johnny Cueto was looking strong as usual, despite a shaky first three innings that were saved by some broken bat outs.
The most fun part of the day was probably a lead off stand-up double from Odie, the first of his career.
After OD's first hit of his career a while back, he gives Kemp a front-row view of his second. Judging by the amount of clothes Despy earned last time, he's looking to have a fully replaced wardrobe within his next 10 plate appearances.
The offense story today was the Pads not being able to drive in RISP, leaving on 6 and going 0-8. Despaigne's double left him stranded, and after two more outs Justin Upton was squeezed for some out-of-the-zone strikes and promptly retired. Upton was K'd on a 3rd strike an inch outside in the 3rd as well, but the plate ump was pretty terrible for both teams.
The good stuff
- Some patient plate appearances
- Another shutout bullpen performance
- A series win on the road
- Did you see Odie's double?
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