The night started with a bang, Charlie Blackmon’s leadoff homer; Tommy Medica, who recently has not been able to hit a beach ball with a paddle, stuck a pin in it with a 3-run blast in the bottom of the first. Two of our reliables, Cuddy and Dickerson, produced an RBI each to make it a high-scoring San Diego affair in the 6th, 4-3. These guys both went 3 for 4, and were in scoring position in the 8th when Wilin failed. Do we blame him tonight? Can’t blame Brothers, who walked the bases loaded in the 6th, or Belisle, who cleaned that up. DJ made another Gold-Glove catch in short right field, with a late route adjustment and reaching over his head to end the Padres’ 7th. But the Rox went quietly in the 9th, losing another by a single run.
A funny aside: Flande took an all-time ugly swing early in the game, the dugout was snickering and even Walt was trying to remain the straight-faced professional skipper. The announcers recollected for us how Byun-Hyung Kim used to swing – out of his shoes, over his head, turning completely around, you name it, and Spilborghs chimed in with tales of the 4-minute video of “BK swings” that the team used to watch in the clubhouse before the game “to get our heads right.” Some good laughs as this story unfurled tonight. Spilly needs to be more prominent during games with his wit, personality and stories.