On the mound-like area of this game, Cashner threw basically an entire game. He went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits but only 2 earned runs. He also didn’t walk a soul, and struck out 4. Not bad, Cash.
Josh Martin, Blake Smith, and Nick Vincent picked up the rest of the game, trying to maintain the 15+ run lead. They pulled it off. Martin kinda gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, but he also struck out 3. After that, it was smooth sailing. Smith and Vincent closed it out. Nine strikeouts from the whole crew.
Now for the recap of the lineup's damage: 44 at bats, 22 hits, only 2 strikeouts.
Here’s how things went down.
Derek Norris utterly annihilates a hanging off-speed toss from Colby Lewis into the left field atmosphere. Travis Jankowski scores, the ball is declared dead on the scene, but charges are not pressed.
BLASH BASH. Jabari Blash hits his third homer, and does his best to one-up Norris' stunner. His solo-shot into deep, deep right center sends the Friars into the lead, and the bats never look back.
Norris comes back for seconds and lays into another changeup, this time bringing home Auston Bousfield and Cory Spangenberg. Alexei Ramirez evens things out with a sac fly to bring in Norris for his hard work.
This is the NL. Spring training means pitchers work on their swings too. Cashner bops a ground-rule double to bring around Jose Pirela, and get Alexi Amarista to third base. Following that, Spangy hits a nice single to take things up a nice solid 9 runs scored.
Just a another casual Jemile Weeks RBI-triple. Is that his third triple? Yup. Bousfield scores again, and the Padres are up 11-2.
Don’t forget about Amarista yet. Ninja smacks an RBI-double and scores the other Myers, D’Arby Myers, as well as Nick Schulz. Now you can forget about Amarista, because Weeks throws in another RBI with a single to right, scoring Casey McElroy and getting Bousfield to third. (The dude’s always on base.) At 14-5, Erik Kratz does an awesome job at generating a wild pitch from Jose Valdespina, and Bousfield scores again. 15-5.
And the ninth
Rocky Gale hits the most tame RBI of the night, getting to base on a force-out at second. Adam Rosales scores on it. Then, Bousfield sends the Rangers to bed with nightmares with one final RBI-single to tally things up at 17-5.
Today's 22 hits match the #PadresST high!— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 22, 2016
Multi-hit culprits: Bousfield, Spangenberg, Weeks, Norris, Blash, Pirela, Amarista
Whew. Talk about spoiling us for the past three games. Between beating up the Dodgers and opening up a fountain of runs on the Rangers, there's a lot to be elated about going on in Arizona. Tomorrow, the Friars get the chance to try out their Drew Pomeranz and scout out their FanFest competition, and push for an extended winning streak.
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