“Amazing Win-Awful Loss”
It was good, it was bad. We got doses of both on Monday night.
They’ve been playing baseball since the turn of the last century, 1902 to be exact, and it had never happened ever before, a lopsided loss like this. The Dodgers trashing of the Padres (15-0) on opening day.
The all time record worst loss on opening day was 1911 when the Pirates beat the Reds (14-0). Not so any more, this (15-0) drubbing by the Dodgers. You would have thought the game was being played in LA with the roar of the crowd.
It only counts as one, but it was a bad one. It was the worst opening day loss in the 48-year history of Padres baseball.
Tyson Ross will pitch better, because he has in the past. But my concern remains, what the middle relief is going to look like in San Diego, for virtually all the guys who followed Ross got roasted by the Dodgers bats.
That coupled with the fact there was no offense in San Diego’s lineup. I’m worried about whether Matt Kemp will see a strike this year, consider there is not alot of protection behind him in the lineup. Of course it was Clayton Kershaw, throwing a 1-hitter and striking out nine, and retiring 13-in a row at one point.
Back to work today, and James Shields gets the ball, to see if the Padres can bounce back and even the series.
And speaking of surprises, who could have seen this coming, the Villanova upset win over North Carolina in the final game of March Madness, a (77-74) stunner.
A Tar Heel team that was huge inside, and had a lead. A Wildcat team that didn’t score inside, but wound up getting hot out on the edge.
Jay Wright’s bunch shot their way into a 9-point lead with about 7-minutes left, only to have UNC claw their way back into it.
And then the thrilling end. Marcus Paige nails a three for Carolina with (:06) left to tie it, then Kris Jenkins launches an even longer 3-form downton with (:01) left to win it.
It resembled the Villanova come from behind win in 1985 against Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas.
It was good, it was bad, and we got doses of both. Dave Roberts gets an opening night win as Dodgers boss, Andy Green’s team gets stomped. Nothing wrong with what Villanova did, nothing to be ashamed of if you are Roy Williams going back to Chapel Hill.
But both surprising to say the least.