Game Notes: Padres 5, Cubs 2 (4-19)
On Sunday April 19th at Wrigley Field, the San Diego Padres disposed of the Chicago Cubs by a score of 5-2. In doing so, our boys took another series and improved their season record to 8-5. You can find Corey Brock’s full rundown of the game here. Below, you’ll find some points from the game that stood out to us.
Cashner and Amarista bromance
Did you see their elaborate handshake? It looked awesome. One reason for the awesomeness is that Cashner is 6’5 and Alexi is 5’6. Another reason is that I’m pretty sure Alexi barely speaks English. These are the last two guys I would have expected to have a man crush on each other, but yet there it is. I would imagine the friendship was solidified when Cash introduced Alexi to his favorite type of bourbon.
This handshake though… pic.twitter.com/WGC20BHNMK
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 19, 2015
Buddy’s ejection leads to a HR, base hit
In the 2nd inning, Buddy screamed something after a ball/strike call to Will Middlebrooks and got tossed while still in the dugout. That’s impressive. Buddy was so mad, he was making Venable, who was waiting in the hole, super uncomfortable. Two pitches after the ejection, Middlebrooks cuuuuh-rushed a 2-run HR to left. Struggling Jedd Gyorko followed with a base hit. Then Venable, who was disturbed by Buddy’s outburst, went on to knock an RBI single in the 6th. Coincidence? Yes. Why did I bring this up, then? I don’t know.
Jedd stumbling his way out of the dog house
It’s not pretty, but it’s starting to happen. Two hits today and one yesterday. Buddy mentioned in an interview yesterday that Jedd has been hitting the ball hard since his return from the bench.
What do you guess he worked on with hitting coach Mark Kotsay during his time off? Everyone (Buddy, Mark Grant, Bevacqua, Sweeney, etc.) was saying that Jedd was just trying too hard. My theory is that, during Jedd’s sabbatical, Kotsay simply tried to take his mind off baseball by making him do peyote. That could explain his baserunning mistake and the fact that he still doesn’t look totally comfortable…he’s probably still just trippin’ a bit. But overall, it seems like he’s on his way back to some semblance of a serviceable baseball player. I’m not optimistic about Jedd over the long term, but I sure as hell hope he proves me wrong. He’s really cute and I’d love to see him prosper with us.
Please, please, please cut this shit out. You’re gonna get hurt.
I used to think that Cub’s fans weren’t like your stereotypical loud-mouthed, borderline mentally handicapped Red Sox/Yankees/Phillies supporter. I no longer feel that way. Cubs fans are obnoxious assholes, and it feels wonderful to have beat them.