Sometimes Padres games can be fun to watch in August. Today was one of those times. Some no-no flirting and a poppin' offense is a recipe for a good time.
Let's break down Jackson's awesome start. He went a full 7 innings, something that hasn't happened to often this season for the San Diego starting rotation. He threw 103 pitches, 64 for strikes. He only walked 3 batters, and racked up 7 strikeouts. He gave up two entire hits: a leadoff single from Jordy Mercer in the 6th and Andrew McCutchen in the 7th, both on 2-strike counts.
Fantastic stuff. Next you need your lineup putting in work. They did that. Christian Bethancourt started the scoring in the 2nd inning; he dribbled a ball in front of the plate and reached second base safely after a wild throw from Ryan Vogelsong. Jabari Blash scored standing from second. Then, Jackson chopped a ball between the legs of third baseman Jung Ho Kang, scoring Bethancourt. Padres up 2-0.
Alexei Ramirez floated a ball in front of left fielder Starling Marte, who was lined up perfectly to throw out Ryan Schimpf. Schimpf shrimped around the tag, which looked pretty solidly planted into his chest in time. It wasn't, and he was initially called safe, and called safe again after review. It's pretty damn close, but the Padres got to experience some of the good side of that "insufficient evidence to overturn the call" crap. Padres up 3-0.
By then the Friars were feeling pretty good. Both Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer played their roles perfectly, striking out a batter a piece and allowing nothing else from the Pirates all night. Then, Travis Jankowski was apparently super bored at 3rd base and decided to power his way back to the dugout and stole home, again.
Padres up 4-0, Padres win 4-0. A good day for our boys in Navy Ocean Blue and Boat Sail White.
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