Larry Steckling 6 p.m., March 31
Padres embarrass themselves against Rockies
In an almost entirely forgetful game, the Padres fail against the Rockies in every category
Monday night might have been the worst game the Padres ever played. Ray Kroc wouldn’t have grabbed the microphone of the public address announcer to apologize for the team’s poor play, he would have grabbed the nearest trash can and vomited into it.
It was really that bad. Edinson Volquez was horrible, the defense was like watching a Little League game, and the hitting was unproductive. The 14-2 whipping that the Colorado Rockies put on the San Diego Padres could have been a lot worse.
The reality of the 2013 San Diego Padres is that they are Schrödinger's cat. Neither dead nor alive, depending on your favorite memory of that cat in comparison to what you discover on whatever day you want to open the box and observe it. Could be alive and it could be dead, and it could be both at the same time.
Monday, the cat was dead. Padres starter Edinson Volquez gave up 8 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in only 4 1/3 innings. And in spite of the Padres getting lead runners on in each of the first four innings, they couldn’t manage a single run.
Meanwhile, the Padres officially committed four errors, and it would have been six if not for some home-cooked happiness in the official scorer’s chair in Denver. The Padres are ostensibly one of the best defensive clubs in all of baseball, but you wouldn’t have known it last night.
On Fox Sports San Diego, you might have caught manager Buddy Black laying into the team in the dugout. They deserved it, as a unit. You can’t play baseball like that and earn an ounce of respect from fans, from opposing clubs, or from anyone else.
Once that Volquez was finished bleeding, Sean O’Sullivan took over and quieted things down for a couple of innings. But in the bottom of the eighth inning, Colts Hynes came in and gave up six more runs, and you could hear Padres faithful sobbing from anywhere in San Diego.
Two events occurred on the positive side on Monday, and only two. Jaff Decker got his first major league hit, a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Good for Jaff (pronounced “Jeff”), but that memory will go hand-in-hand with a horrible loss. In the ninth inning, Jedd Gyorko got his eleventh home run of the season, another solo shot.
Neither home run did the club any good on Monday, but maybe on Tuesday that power will carry over. In other words, if Schrödinger's cat can be both dead and alive, then perhaps it can be alive more often than dead in whichever state you discover it. At least, the Padres are hoping for that.
Carlos Quentin will likely not be available even after he’s off of the disabled list. In an interview on the Darren Smith Show on 1090 AM Tuesday afternoon, Buddy indicated that Carlos would need more time to recover from his knee issues. In other injury issues, Cameron Maybin has been officially shut down with AAA Tucson. At least, for the next few days. Little other information has yet to be offered on Maybin.
Tuesday, the Padres will attempt a recovery. The Friars will offer Eric Stults (8-10, 3.50) against the Rockies Jeff Manship (0-1, 3.60). Game starts at 5:40 PM PDST, heard on 1090 AM and seen on Fox Sports San Diego. I predict very low ratings if the Padres play Tuesday like they played on Monday. Just a hunch.
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