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June 24, 2014

What You Need to Know

Odrisamer Despaigne's Debut

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
The Padres scratched Andrew Cashner from his scheduled Monday start against the Giants and put the hard-throwing right-hander on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. They called up Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne, who inked a minor-league pact in May and was sporting a 7.06 ERA in Triple-A El Paso, to take the mound in Cashner’s place. But if the Giants thought missing Cashner was a relief, they had another thing coming.

Despaigne delivered seven innings of shutout ball in the series opener, leading the Padres to a 6-0 victory. He retired the first nine Giants he faced in order, and before he took the mound again in the bottom of the fourth, the Padres had handed the 27-year-old a 3-0 lead.

Everth Cabrera jumpstarted the one-out rally with an infield single, after which Seth Smith singled and Carlos Quentin lined out. With two away, Yasmani Grandal thumped what was initially ruled a home run over the right-field wall but became a ground-rule double when the umpires determined via replay that a fan had reached over and interfered with the play:

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leites

Thanks for the interesting write-up on Despaigne!

Jun 24, 2014 06:46 AM
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godfather

what a refreshingly mature mindset to bring to the mound! time some American chuckers learned that pitching is an art, not throw-harder contest...shades of el duque and other mature artists who know what it's about

Jun 24, 2014 08:04 AM
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jayman4

Granted the following hitter made it moot, but the decision of the umpire on the fan interference is literally mind boggling. 1rst-3rd, two outs, a towering shot to deepest part of the park, the runner on first is running, is rounding second as the ball gets caught by the fan. The umpires correctly over-turned the HR call, but then the choices are ground rule double or triple? And, if a double, how many runners score?

They call it a double, rather dubious given the depth and uncertainty of carom off the wall, but it is a catcher running, so perhaps. But they put the runner at third. So, in his judgment, the runner would have only been able to get to 3B despite rounding 2B when the ball should have been hitting the wall. So in his mind, Pence would have fielded it so quickly and cleanly and with his weak arm somehow been able to hold the runner at 3B. I just don't get how you make a decision like that. Umps get calls wrong all the time but, typically, it is because they have to make a quick decision on a fast moving play. This was not that. He had literally several minutes to think about it and this is the best he can come up with? How is this possible?

And, then, you add in that it was the visiting team and home team fans that interfered with the ball, it seems as though you want to not create a crazy incentive to interfere with the ball.

Jun 24, 2014 08:36 AM
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newsense

In terms of first basemen having good nights how about Adam LaRoche? Two for 3 with a walk and a 3 run HR that supplied all the game's scoring.

Jun 24, 2014 12:30 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Yup, that's another one.

Jun 24, 2014 15:06 PM
 
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