That was the sound of Lamet falling back down to earth. Ugh. In his third professional start, Dinelson gave up five hits, five walks and seven unearned runs (nine total) in only three innings, his shortest career outing. And he beaned Paul Goldschmidt to top it all off. His previous excellent control and command of a good three pitch mix was non-existent, throwing only 42 of 88 pitches for strikes. This was bound to happen, and no reason for particular concern, but boy, was this start ugly. Lamet’s skills are still present, he still has three above average pitches that are normally placed where he wants, so let’s see watch his next start and see how well he responds to this.
Conversely, Robbie Ray was great. In 6.2 innings, he gave up five baserunners against eleven strikeouts. The only run the Padres could muster against Ray was a solo shot in the fourth inning by Hunter Renfroe, who has quietly started to show consistent solid power in more game action. He would later hit a second solo homer off Tom Wilhelmsen to account for both team runs. Renfroe has thirteen dingers on the season, second on the team to Schmidt’s fourteen, and has raised his batting average to .232.
Other Game Notes:
- A Luis Torrens sighting! In relief of starting catcher Austin Hedges, Torrens helped to finally chase Ray with his second double of the season. The Rule 5 pick is now hitting a robust .150.
- Outfielder Jose Pirela made his season debut tonight, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout. He was recalled from El Paso to replace Jarred Cosart on the active roster. Cosart was placed on the 10 day disabled list with a foot contusion, while the Padres transferred Travis Jankowski to the 60 day disabled list with a similar malady. Let’s hope Cosart is able to bounce back sooner. San Diego’s starting pitcher depth, what little there was, is lacking at the moment. I’ll take a closer look at who might be inserted into the rotation later today.
- Luis Perdomo starts tonight against Zack Greinke. I’m still not sure what to make of Perdomo. After fostering hopes that he might be an average or better starter, it may be that his stuff just doesn’t play well enough to have consistent success. If he can’t induce groundballs, he’s not going to do well, and finding that rythym consistently has been a challenge of late. Having said that, after this worst career start last month against these same Diamondbacks, he has been pitching better. So we’ll see? Arizona’s lineup is tough and he’ll need to respond.