The Braves are getting comfortable in their new home ballpark. Bartolo Colon kept the Padres’ hitters from getting comfortable in the batter’s box. The former ace held the Padres to only one hit through seven innings of stellar baseball. His only mistake was a pitch left up over the outside part of the plate that Ryan Schimpf sent into the left-centerfield seats in the second inning. The only other run that the Padres mustered came in the seventh, as Schimpf scored from third on a passed ball. The rest of the story belongs to the Braves bats, but we’re a Padres blog and you’re Padres fans, so let’s focus on the Padres.
Ryan Schimpf may be the weirdest player in baseball. As of today’s game, he has five hits. Three of those hits are home runs. He also has THIRTEEN walks. Small sample size whatever, his line of .152/.375/.424 is about as weird as it gets.
Rule 5 draftee Miguel Diaz pitched 1-1/3 innings, replacing starter Trevor Cahill with two outs in the sixth. Things got a little wild in the seventh. He gave up a ground rule double to Tyler Flowers, who got to third base on a wild pitch, then scored on a balk. Chalk that up to inexperience, as he’s probably never been held to this level of scrutiny by minor league umpires. He finished the inning after giving up a solo shot to Ender Inciarte. Welcome to the big leagues, kid.
Our resident unicorn made an appearance today. Christian Bethancourt’s second pitching appearance this season was a full inning of scoreless ball. He took the mound in the eighth after Zach Lee allowed two runs without inducing an out. He retired the side on a pop out and a double play, allowing two singles in the process. Baby steps for this little unicorn.
It’s much more fun to pick apart the idiosyncrasies of an odd roster than it is to look at how a team that’s a little further along in their rebuild just hung nine runs up on the board. Tomorrow the Padres get to try for some vindication as Jered Weaver faces Jaime Garcia in the fourth and final game of this series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:35 PDT, so check in tomorrow and root, root, root for the Padres!