Wil the Thrill
Wil Myers was forced into the role of the San Diego Padres’ starting CF after this news earlier today:
The #Padres have placed OF Manuel Margot on the paternity leave list and recalled INF/OF Jose Pirela from Triple-A El Paso.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 19, 2019
But, there’s no need to panic! Wil pulled off a couple of big catches in CF in this one, including this one that seemed unimaginable until it happened:
Since the injuries to Travis Jankowski and Franchy Cordero, it’s been terrifying to imagine what would happen if Manuel Margot went out for a period of time. After the game tonight, it’s okay to imagine that the team will be okay with Myers there for a bit.
This just about says it all:
For a guy that started the season slow and is still building up his stamina, Matt Strahm put together one of the best starts of the season for the Padres, if not the best.
It happened again.
Hitters’ park? Not with that power.
On-pace numbers are hilariously inaccurate, but Fernando Tatis Jr. is hitting about .300 and is on pace for about 50 home runs if he keeps up this performance all year long. Safe to say he’s not overmatched at this level.
Tatis also got on base via a walk tonight, stole 2B, and ended up at 3B when the throw went into the outfield. In addition to his Gold Glove-level defense at SS, Tatis is an offense unto himself.
In the 11th, he once again got on base without swinging the bat, stole 2B and 3B, and came home on an Eric Hosmer groundout.
Kinsler blows it
In the bottom of the 10th inning, and with the score tied 1-1, Ian Kinsler hit a double to the gap and got himself in scoring position. It was his first hit of the game.
Before the end of the next at-bat, Kinsler (who was already in scoring position) attempted to steal third base and was easily thrown out. Hedges hit a groundball to the pitcher on the next pitch, and the Padres never had a real chance to knock in the runner in scoring position before Kinsler’s blunder on the basepaths.