Padres Recap: Padres Hold Yard Sale in Big Apple

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The San Diego Padres held a yard sale Wednesday evening in New York.  No, the “super trade” fans have been anticipating did not happen; but rather, the Padres played to their potential and put some early runs on the board.

The Padres got off to a fast start off Bartolo Colon.  After singles by Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte, 3-4 hitters Matt Kemp and Justin Upton swooped up RBI’s to take the early 2-0 lead.

The Padres continued the scoring in the 2nd.  Will Venable drove Austin Hedges home after Ross helped himself by laying down a successful sacrifice bunt.

In the third inning, Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso went yard back to back off Colon.  2 ⅓ innings was all Mets manager Terry Collins needed to see before he walked out to remove Colon from the game.

Yangervis Solarte pulled his weight in the 2nd spot of the lineup, collecting 4 of the 15 hits for the Padres with 2 doubles and 2 singles.

Austin Hedges was impressive both in front of and behind the plate.  With 2 hits he raised his batting average 24 points.  He also called a solid game for Tyson Ross and as per usual, threw out runners testing his arm.

It’s easy to see why Tyson Ross is considered one of the most desirable trade pieces on the Padres.  Ross did not have his normal fastball velocity, but made up for it with a sharp slider.  With his normal arsenal of only two pitches, Ross dazzled the Mets lineup and only gave up one after a mistake that Lucas Duda drove over the right field wall.

Duda was on fire Wednesday night.  The first baseman slugged three home runs accounting for all 3 of the Mets’ runs.

The Padres held on to win the game 7-3.  They will go for the series win tomorrow when Andrew Cashner (4-10 3.93 ERA) takes on Jon Niese (5-9 3.75 ERA).

Wednesday’s game was a great and somewhat depressing game for the Padres.  The early runs and outstanding pitching were what the fans were expecting this season.  Unfortunately, the team never discovered a way to synchronize consistently up to this point.

With the trade deadline only two days away, the game was overshadowed by whispers of trades around the league.  In fact, starting shortstop Wilmer Flores was traded mid game along with pitcher Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee for Carlos Gomez.  The Mets left Flores in the game for a bit after the news broke, poor kid.  The 22 year old couldn’t help his emotions after being discarded for a bigger bat at the deadline.

The trade is of particular interest because New York was rumored to be interested in Justin Upton.

So where does this leave AJ Preller and the San Diego Padres with their impending trades?  Many questions remain unanswered as we roll into the last 48 hours before the trade deadline.  Give your opinion below.

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