The Padres lost to the Diamondbacks 10-1 tonight. It was not a pretty game, and it’s mostly the fault of Jered Weaver. But we got a little treat in the top of the 9th inning as, for the second time this season, a full-time position player came into the game to pitch in relief. This time it was Luis Sardinas.
***INF Luis Sardinas is on his way to the #Padres bullpen***— jesse agler (@jesseagler) May 20, 2017
**He is now warming up**— jesse agler (@jesseagler) May 20, 2017
***He is entering the game***— jesse agler (@jesseagler) May 20, 2017
He made quick work of the Dbacks. Gregor Blanco and Rey Fuentes led things off with back-to-back groundouts. Daniel Descalso singled to right. But then Jake Lamb flied out to end the inning. Quick and easy - exactly the opposite of Weaver’s start (which didn’t even last a whole inning).
Sardiñas is not only the second position player to pitch for the Padres this season, but the second shortstop. Erick Aybar made a relief appearance - also against the Diamondbacks - that lasted one out.
In a somewhat poetic ending to tonight’s game, Sardiñas flied out for the final out, cementing the 10-1 score (a Ryan Schimpf RBI single in the bottom of the 9th prevented a shutout). Still, if it were up to me, he’d be the Padres player of the game.
Well...we'll get to see what Sardinas had to offer in the mound. pic.twitter.com/PXEhq7wjJh— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) May 20, 2017
And he's greeted by a raucous cheer from, like, two fans.#padres— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 20, 2017
Sadly, not much difference between Sardinas' fastball (79) and Weaver's 83-85.— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) May 20, 2017
Sardinas hit 83 mph with his fastball. Was 69-71 with his curve. Scoreless ninth, one hit.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) May 20, 2017
Diamondbacks haven't scored a run off a #Padres shortstop this season.— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) May 20, 2017
That was exhilerating.— Jodes Paranal (@jodes0405) May 20, 2017