Monday, June 4, 2012

Dear San Diego Padres, Thanks for the boost! - Arizona Sports

Was anyone else irked Friday night watching the Arizona Diamondbacks implode in the 8th inning during an ugly 7-1 loss to the lowly San Diego Padres?

No, I wasn't irked that the Diamondbacks bullpen fell apart during that ill-fated half inning. Those things are bound to happen now and then.

And I wasn't irked that the Arizona offense managed only one run on seven hits in 6.2 innings against Clayton Richard. The Diamondbacks offense has been prone to long droughts and in a pitcher's paradise like Petco Park, that's bound to happen as well.

I was irked at the behavior of the San Diego Padres, who (wait, let me check it again) have the worst record in all of baseball. Bud Black's team did a whole lot of celebrating during that 8th inning. In my opinion, excessive celebrating. In fact, I tweeted the following on Friday night while witnessing the incredulous show of emotion:

(Ed. note: This tweet was sent before the completion of the inning)

Of course, this celebration came on the heels of a very minor dust-up between Arizona's Chris Young and San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner. Cashner threw a pitch high and tight to Young for ball four, and while Young made his way to first base, some words were exchanged. For whatever reason, San Diego and their crowd were newly energized.

Then the 6-run barrage followed and the Padres were in full-on party mode.

Maybe some would cut the Padres some slack because they had been absolutely manhandled in nine out of their last ten games (and they were outscored 55-20 in those nine losses.) Not me. If you're going to show up a division foe because you had one big inning, they're going to remember it. And because you're not very good, they'll likely kick your teeth in the next time they see you.

Guess what? The D-backs administered a glorious bounce-back beatdown over the next two days, outscoring the Padres 10-2 in the process. Paul Goldschmidt continued his torrid streak at the plate, clubbing a home run in each game while Daniel Hudson, J.J. Putz and Trevor Cahill baffled San Diego hitters.

After the smoke cleared, the Diamondbacks had won two out of three and returned home from their road trip not only eight games out of first place, but with their first glimpse of momentum in quite some time. And with games this week at Chase Field against two losing teams (Colorado and Oakland), the Diamondbacks have a chance to re-insert themselves into the National League West race.

And if any of their recent swagger is as a result of the Padres' evident glee Friday night, so be it. We'll take it.

You stay classy, San Diego.

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