We are working really hard to dispel the rumor that home runs can’t be hit in San Diego.
The two guys at the bottom of the Padres lineup – Clint Barmes and Austin Hedges – both did damage in a 5-4 Rockies loss.
Austin who? 2nd round draft pick in 2011 from San Juan Capistrano. A year younger than a guy from just up the freeway in Lake Forest who plays 3B for the Rockies. (Someone get Jenny to check if they knew each other.) Tonight was his 22nd major league game. .143, 1 HR, 4 RBIs going into tonight. He opens the scoring in the 3rd by putting Chad Bettis in the left field seats.
And then there’s that guy in the 7th, Clint Barmes, who we know can’t hit a right-handed slider down and away to save his life. But we have Tommy Kahnle, who can’t throw a 96mph fastball anywhere over the plate most of the time. Hundley decides on the changeup, but Kahnle leaves it high and center cut (look at that yellow dot and look at Clint follow through). Even Clint Barmes can still put that ball in the 2nd deck in LF at Petco.
What really hurt was the game was tied, and Christian Friedrich had just walked Melvin “don’t call me BJ” Upton in his one batter of work.
Lost in more TOOTBLANing was a good night from Brandon Barnes, 3-for-4 and a triple.
The meaningless Tulo homer came in the 8th, of course with nobody on.
Bettis put in a short outing – 6 innings, 80 pitches, but capped by 2 walks and a Kemp double and another walk before getting a ground out. His fastball velocity had fallen 3mph and his control was gone, only 10 strikes in 24 pitches in the 6th.
Well, that’s our two best pitchers in this series, folks. We can turn just about any lineup in any park into Murderers’ Row.