Game Notes: Padres 4, Rockies 5 (4-22)
Los pinche bueno Padres de San Diego lost a baseball game to a team called the Rockies because the Padres scored 4 points, but the Rockies scored more. That sucks. Game notes below.
Wil Myers emerging as a leader?
When we traded for Myers, there were a lot of rumblings that attitude played a part in the Rays’ view of him as expendable. I even heard an interview with Buddy soon after the December trade-a-thon where he basically said that Wil had some serious maturing to do. It’s still early, but at least with his on the field performance, he seems to be developing into a leader. As stated by Jesse Agler:
Myers and Norris seem to be in the thick of it every night. Fun, fun, fun. #Padres
— jesse agler (@jesseagler) April 23, 2015
I agree. ‘In the thick of it’ seems to be an appropriate expression. Lately, the little cutie seems to be contributing when we need him the most, and when he gets back into the dugout he continues to be all up in it. He immediately starts chatting fools up and encouraging others. I get the feeling that he’s a bit too enthusiastic, and might get on some of the older guys’ nerves, but they’re probably just jealous of his boyish good looks.
Derek Norris and the Agilities
The way Derek moves around behind the plate is nothing short of magnificent. Watching him in the 7th was like watching a god-damned ballet with jaguars starring as the ballerinas.
After several pitches from Thayer in the dirt, he bounced up and fired the ball to first base to try to catch Ynoa loping. After another bouncer, Ynoa tried to go to second and Norris nailed his ass with a perfect throw; his second caught stealing of the game. At this point, we’ve gotten used to Norris gunning down jabronies with extreme prejudice. But again, during this half inning, I was just totally impressed by how quick, graceful, and aware he is back there. Beautiful to watch.
Kimbrel trade might prove to be most important of AJ’s deals
What first inspired surprise now seems to be another stroke of genius. At the time, people were perplexed that AJ chose to strengthen a strength by adding Kimbrel to the bullpen rather than focusing on the infield. However, thus far, our bullpen hasn’t exactly been shut-down. Tonight, Benoit gave up a game tying HR in the 8th to some butthole named Alex Dickerson. I don’t feel like Benoit is a total schmuck. Shit, he’s putting up a 1.84 ERA. But, at the same time, even when he’s getting fools out, he doesn’t appear assured, and no longer seems to have an intimidation factor. The degree to which I’d rather have Kimbrel as our closer is difficult to express in words, but I’ll try: I’m sooooo super freakin’ glad that Kimbrel is our closer instead of Benoit.
AJ, even you can’t win them all. I’m sure he’s swell, but please take the appropriate action with respect to this young man. (cut his ass)