Padres 1, Astros 0
by Mr. Happy
The ballgame started with an Alexi Amarista (mark it in your book – this kid will be better than Jose Altuve and will be an All-Star too – Sorry OSF) oppo double, followed by a Logan Forsythe single to RF, scoring Amarista. The Fathers would garner but two more knocks in the nine innings that followed. But Edinson Volquez, 5-0 2.37 against the Astros coming into tonight’s game, made that run stand up with a sparkling one hitter, besting our boys 1-0.
Not even the presence of BudGirl in the stands last night could shake up the moribund sticks, which are now hitting below .150 on this road trip, with the Travellin’ Horseshit Show heading to Phoenix to battle the Snakes. The most exciting play of last night’s game was a smoked liner by Justin Maxwell toward the gap in right centerfield with JD Martinez, who had walked to lead off the inning, on 2B and Matt Downs, who had reached on a Chase Headley clank, on 1B. Unfortunately, Logan Forsythe leapt up and snagged it, easily doubling Martinez, who had strayed a wee tad bit too far off of 2B, and damn near tripled Downsie. That was your ball game.
The lone hit? A hot smash? A Texas Leaguer? Nope. It was a harmless infield dribbler by Matt Downs in no man’s land between the bump and 3B in the fourth inning. That was it.
Sadly, Lucas Harrell took the collar for last night’s loss, but he pitched damn well and in fact was dominant again against the Padres, scattering four hits and striking out seven. Mark my words: Lucas Harrell can really pitch.