Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
The easiest thing to do, according to sage philosophers, mixed martial arts experts, and failed politicians, is to kick a man when he is down. The second easiest thing to do then, is to bury a professional baseball team when they get off to a bad start. Apparently, the San Diego Padres are not about to feel sorry for themselves. Actually, they might even be in the mood to seize on some momentum.
Friday night, in fact, they overcame three errors and a passed ball, got themselves off of the mat, and pinned the San Francisco Giants for a 5-3 victory.
Nick Hundley, who got off to a notorious 0 for 21 to open the season, was magnificent on Friday night, going 4 for 4 with a double and a run batted in, raising his average to over .250 for the first time this season. In fact, every position player had at least one hit except for Andy Parrino. And the pitching was just enough for the occasion.
The Padres got the lead early in the top of the first inning when with two outs, Chase Headley walked and then Nick Hundley doubled to plate Headley. It didn't last long, as Angel Pagan homered in the bottom of the first for the Giants on a 1-2 fastball from Padres starter Cory Luebke and the score was tied at 1-1 at the end of the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Nick Hundley and Yonder Alonso singled back-to-back and took first and second base with one out. Orlando Hudson then singled to right field, scoring Hundley while Alonso was thrown out attempting to take third base. Hudson took second on the throw.
Cameron Maybin then came up and singled to left field, scoring Hudson. After four innings, the Padres led the Giants 3-1.
The Giants came back in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Melky Cabrera hit a double with one out, the ball touched by a fan kept Cabrera from advancing further. It wouldn't have mattered anyway, because one out later, Buster Posey doubled Cabrera home to cut the Padres lead to 3-2.
In the seventh inning, the Padres came back. With one out, Jesus Guzman doubled to right field and then stole third base. Chase Headley then singled to center, scoring Guzman. Nick Hundley came up and singled to right field, plating Headley, and the Padres led 5-2.
Andrew Cashner relieved Luke Gregerson in the eighth inning (who relieved starter Cory Luebke in the seventh inning), and gave up a solo home run to Buster Posey on a 98 MPH fastball, but that was all the Giants could do. Huston Street entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and got the Giants in order to notch his third save of the season.
Luebke had a very solid outing, scattering seven hits over six innings, walking none and striking out three while giving up only two runs over 100 pitches. Errors by Hundley, Parrino, and Hudson, along with a passed ball by Hundley, did not figure in the scoring, as neither did the two errors by the Giants.
Carlos Quentin made the trip up to San Francisco with the Padres team and continues to take batting practice and throw in the outfield. Quentin has yet to attempt to run at full speed. He is expected to continue with baseball activities and will be evaluated within the next week to determine when he might begin to rehab in minor league games.
Saturday, Anthony Bass will start for the Padres, going up against the Giants' Tim Lincecum. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM PSDT, will be carried via Fox Sports San Diego on Cox Cable and DirecTV but not on providers who are apparently content to lose subscribers because they don't want to pony up the cash to show the games. Radio XX1090 AM will bail out all fans that can't reel in a video feed because they care that much about San Diego people who are stuck with Time Warner.
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