Padres News: Rain Can’t Stop Spangenberg


Back when it was announced that he had made the major league team, I wasn’t sure how much of Cory Spangenberg we were actually going to see this year for the San Diego Padres. I’d been watching him for awhile during Spring Training games, reading up on him when his name popped up during minor league news, and seeing him get some time in the pros last season, filling in at various times for injured players. He’s the type of player fans enjoy watching and rooting for, but sometimes in Buddy Black’s lineup their time in the bigs is short lived.

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Well, after seeing Spangenberg score a run on his own Wednesday night, and his two home run performance last night, I am happy to say that Cory Spangenberg has arrived.

Last night’s game was held up by a two hour rain delay, but for the fans who stayed at Petco it was worth the wait.

Right from the start the Padres offense and pitching were clicking. Derek Norris home a three run homer in the first to driving in Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. In the second inning Spangenberg got his first homer run of the night, Justin Upton singled so Will Venable could come home, and Derek Norris hit a triple to drive in Matt Kemp and Upton as well. After the first two innings of play the Padres were up 7-0, this was gonna be a good one. The Nationals were able to get a run in the fourth, but Spangenberg got that one back for the Padres in the fourth with his second home run of the night. The Nationals scored again in the fifth and eighth inning but at that point the game was too far away for them.

Tyson Ross finished the game with just five hits and two runs surrendered. Dale Thayer, Keven Quackenbush, and Brandon Maurer all performed well out of the bullpen.

Rain delays or not, I hope to see more efforts like this out of the Padres this weekend. A completed team win.

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