Drew Pomeranz, ace of the Padres rotation, did not have a good day. He gave up five runs to the Miami Marlins in the first inning of tonight's game. In his defense, Miami manager Don “Donny Baseball” Mattingly came out on the field after the third batter and threw a giant temper tantrum, icing Pom for nearly ten minutes with two runners on base and one out. And to cap off all that whining, the ex-Dodger manager played the game under protest, because he has no idea what he’s doing. Still, the lack of an effective Padres offense left the protest irrelevant, and the Marlins will return home to their horrible owner and tacky sculpture with a series win.
Before Mattingly started complaining like your seven year old brother who’s losing at Monopoly, Pomeranz walked Adeiny Hechavarria and gave up a single to Martin Prado. Then Christian Yelich hit a grounder to first baseman Wil Myers. Wil grabbed the ball and reached for Yelich, who slid outside the baseline to avoid the tag. He was rightly called out, but Mattingly flipped his lid. For reasons beyond understanding, the umpires did not tell him to sit down and shut up or eject him while he delayed the game for at least five minutes. At that point, they reviewed the play and upheld the call, and none of us will ever have that time back.
Finally allowed to pitch again, Pomeranz issued another walk to Marcell Ozuna. He got a second out by striking out Giancarlo Stanton, but Chris Johnson kept Miami alive with a grounder to Alexei Ramirez that the shortstop couldn’t convert to an out. Jeff Mathis followed that up with a grand slam to left field that put the Marlins up 5-0.
The Friars got on the board in the second inning thanks to the freshly promoted Ryan Schimpf, who hit a double to right field in his first big league at bat. Alexi Amarista helped the rookie score his first run with his RBI single. Amarista also had the second Padres RBI in the fourth, hitting another single after Christian Bethancourt’s two-out double.
But the team wasted more opportunities than they converted. Jon Jay led off the third and fifth innings with doubles, but was stranded both times. The most egregious screwup came in the seventh. Amarista led off with a walk, then stole second and took third on a wild pitch, all before the Marlins recorded an out. And then he sat there while the next three Friars did nothing.
The Padres will try to avoid a sweep tomorrow at 12:40 PM. Bring a book, just in case Mattingly gets pissed about something dumb again.