I had the pleasure of attending today’s game, and the pre-game festivities were worth the price of admission alone. After a new group of Marines took their enlistment pledge and two current units lined up along the foul lines, a 100-year-old retired Marine and veteran of three wars sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem as four F-18’s zoomed overhead in a diamond formation. If that doesn’t make you feel a little patriotic, I don’t know what will.
Dinelson Lamet made his fourth start of his MLB career today, and he got off on the wrong foot. While he got the first two outs in order, it was clear that his control wasn’t sharp from the beginning. A walk to Lorenzo Cain followed by two wild pitches and an Eric Hosmer single put the Royals on the board. Another single put two ducks on the pond for Mike Moustakas, who drilled a no-doubter to put the Royals up 4-0 before the Padres had even had a turn at the plate. Lamet would later go on to give up homers to Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon, and Jose Torres would give up a second tater to Moustakas as well. Lamet managed to work through five innings, but gave up seven earned runs along the way. Through four starts, we’ve seen the good and the bad of Dinelson Lamet. When his command is working, he can be tough to hit. Now that the league has started to see him, he needs to be sharp to succeed, and he wasn’t on this day.
Maton Shines in MLB Debut
There were some bright points from this game. Reliever Phil Maton was called up earlier in the day and he made his MLB debut with a scoreless eighth inning. The high-spin fastball was working up in the zone, as he struck out the first batter he faced in Lorenzo Cain. He completed the 1-2-3 inning with line drives from Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera. Andy Green noted after the game that catcher Luis Torrens was setting the target a little low for a kid who thrives on fastballs at the top of the zone.
It was particularly nice to see the Padres fans give him a rousing welcome, a standing ovation after his first career strikeout, and another standing ovation at the conclusion of his first inning. The fans in the park knew that it was his debut, and they gave him the reception that he deserved.
Spangenberg and Pirela brought their bats
In spite of a lack of baserunners, a couple of Padres hitters had productive days at the plate. Cory Spangenberg flashed a power bat, hitting two solo home runs off Royals starter Jake Junis. Dating back to May 25th, Spangenberg is hitting .359, and the power was a nice surprise for the speedy infielder. Jose Pirela continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance, hitting a home run off Junis as well. Pirela is a ridiculous 11-for-22 since being called up on June 6th, and he’s hit home runs in each of the two games this weekend.
Today’s loss means that the Royals took the series 2-1. The Padres now will host the Cincinatti Reds for a three-game series. As we navigate these dark waters, try to look for the bright spots pointing to future success. It’ll make these frustrating losses a little easier to stomach.