Playing the Dodgers in 2017 is almost over. In tonight’s loss, we at least got to see a Padre record broken, and another pair of blasts from fresh Friars.
After Dinelson Lamet broke down by the 5th inning, giving up a total of 4 earned runs in his start against Los Angeles, Kyle McGrath and Miguel Diaz figured they’d throw some BP for LA as well. The Dodgers managed to score 9 runs on 11 hits against Padres pitching today.
The good stuff came in the 5th, when Christian Villanueva popped a ball that started to sail over the right field wall. Some doofus Dodger fan decided it would be a great idea to reach his cupped hands forward in a weak attempt to catch the ball. The ball wasn’t caught, it bounced back onto the field, and Christian cruised into second.
On review, it was deemed interference and the Dodger fan likely received an escort out of the park, a whole 2 innings earlier than Dodger fans usually leave the park. Best guess is that the fan sat in his car in the parking lot for the rest of the game playing loud clapping sounds at full blast to replicate what it’s like to still be at a game in Dodger Stadium.
Next, on a 3-1 count, Hunter Renfroe decided he was gonna crank one to center field. Whether or not he knew it, Renfroe’s solo HR would set a new Padres rookie record.
Renfroe passes Nate Colbert, who hit 24 home runs as a rookie in 1969.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 27, 2017
The 9-2 loss wasn’t an overall great experience, but as the Padres wrap up their final 4 games of the ‘17 season we can look forward to a few more highlights like this to set the stage for the 2018 season.