After several years being groomed by the Yankees organization, Cesar Vargas has shown that he's ready to play big league ball with the Padres. His last two starts have been dynamite. In addition to that, the rest of the Padres stepped up to back up their fresh Mexican starter.
Vargas' major league debut six days ago against the Cardinals was great. Nothing unreal, but a textbook solid outing. He went five innings without allowing a run, and did the same thing tonight against the Dodgers. He went just over 5 innings this time, allowing zero runs and striking out 6. He battled out of several rough innings, striking out Chase Utley in a 2-out with 2 on scenario, and then striking out the side with a pop-up after giving up a leadoff double.
5.1 IP, 4 H, 6 SO 90 pitches, 52 strikes
90 pitches this game, 88 his last game, 1 run between 10~ innings, and, unfortunately, the non-decision due to a lazy effort from Brad Hand. Not to worry, though, because the Dodgers didn't score a single run after Hand's little conceded solo HR.
Vargas at all levels this season: 1.17 ERA, 23 Ks in 23 IP, 0.91 WHIP— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 30, 2016
There are a lot of feelings to be had heading into Dodger stadium for this series, after going 32 innings without scoring a run against these guys. There's myriad of other cartoon-ish statistics that have been thrown out throughout the month. In spite of it all, the Padres scored a run - and then scored 4 more for good measure.
Melvin Upton Jr. was the Friar to kick off the first run of the season against LA. He scored none other than Matt Kemp with an RBI-single. This run was canceled out by (none other than) former Padre Yasmani Grandal, but that didn't matter much.
The big damage came from a single swing of the bat from ya boi, Kemp. Towards the tail end of the night, 8th inning, on an 0-2 count, he got under a weak inside pitch and launched over that ugly blue wall in left field. The boos rolled in, an Kemp trotted the bases for the 7th time of the season. Last year Matty was hitting his 7th home run in late July.
Earlier in the game, Grandal felt he could test Kemp's "quickness" in right after bouncing one off the wall. Grandal paid dearly, and looked like even more of a tool than usual, giving Kempy a well-rounded night of performance both offensively and defensively.
From big to small ball, the Padres seemed like a well-oiled machine. To tack on some insurance towards the 9th, Travis Jankowski laid down a sick suicide squeeze, and Adam Rosales was crossing home plate before Justin Turner could even send a late throw to first base, keeping Travis safe at first.
The losing-streak is broken against a team who is sucking pretty hard right now. I could stand to watch them keep their lovely losing streak going into tomorrow, Colin Rea will get the chance to kick the Doyers while their down.
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