Last Week In Faith: April 18-24, 2022

Last Week In Faith: April 18-24, 2022

Life can get a little confusing at times. A regularly scheduled reminder is very convenient. So here’s a refresher of what happened during the last week in faith.

Cincinnati Reds vs Padres @ Petco Park

by Scott Dunsmore

Game 12 – April 18

Padres 4, Reds 1

San Diego Padres right fielder Wil Myers, right, collides with second baseman Jake Cronenworth as he is unable to catch a foul ball hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 18, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Padres (7-5) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (2-9) by a score of 4-1 in the first of three games at Petco Park. Sean Manaea (2-1, 1.42) pitched six innings while giving up one run (a Tommy Pham home run in the first inning) on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Manny Machado hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Ha-Seong Kim‘s fourth inning single drove in Jurickson Profar. Machado scored on a Luke Voit sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Sean Manaea whiffs six

Manny Machado goes 3-for-4

Game 13 – April 19

Padres 6, Reds 2

San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado watches his two-run home run hit during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Padres (8-5) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (2-10) by a score of 6-2 in the second game of three at Petco Park. Joe Musgrove (2-0, 1.89) pitched another stellar game, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six and a third innings.

Manny Machado hit a two-run home run and Jurickson Profar scored on an Eric Hosmer single in the first inning. Hosmer scored on a Wil Myers double and Myers came home on a double by José Azócar in the fourth inning.

In the second inning, Profar got on base with a double and Luke Voit tried to score from first base and was thrown out at home. In the process, Voit ran into the Reds’ catcher, Tyler Stephenson, who was injured with a possible concussion and was pulled from the game.

Manny Machado’s two-run homer

Stephenson exits with injury

Joe Musgrove strikes out seven

Bob Melvin recaps win vs. Reds

Game 14 – April 20

Padres 6, Reds 0

San Diego Padres’ Jurickson Profar reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Padres (9-5) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (2-11) by a score of 6-0, completing the three-game series sweep at Petco Park. MacKenzie Gore (1-0, 1.74) pitched five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out seven to earn his first Major League win.

Jurickson Profar hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning which was also the Padres’ first hit of the game. Jorge Alfaro scored on a Trent Grisham double in the fifth inning. Ha-Seong Kim hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Jake Cronenworth came home on Alfaro’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly and C.J. Abrams‘ double scored Profar.

MacKenzie Gore’s 7 strikeouts

Profar throws out Votto

Jurickson Profar’s two-run homer

Tweet of the Week

by Dallas “Here We Go Again” McLaughlin

Listen, I don’t know what to do with this guy. Your (possibly, probably) Tweet of the Week comes from @ferdiraps.

When this kid started doing these “raps” last year, I didn’t like it. I talked a lot of shit about him, and Padres Twitter got mad at me. The general consensus was, “Hey! He’s having fun! Just let him have some fun! It’s not hurting anyone!”

They basically talked about him like he was a Make-A-Wish kid.

And, those reactions are justified. Let him have his fun. Let him be a fan. Okay. But, since he continues to release “diss” tracks and continues to be overtly proud of himself, I have no choice but to look at it as if he is an artist and I am a critic. I mean, he’s not just throwing this shit together, he’s taking time, renting out auditoriums, and saying words in a sequence.

So, let’s start there. We all know he’s a bad MC. Like, really bad. But, hey, if the jokes land, who cares? They don’t. They fall flatter than my ass in biker shorts. And, this time around…they were a smidge racist? Like, he thought Manny was from Cuba (I’ll argue he probably said that just to make another shitty rhyme), and then “rhymed” something about Yu Darvish and Asian food.

When we get to the 3rd verse this thing really falls apart and he just stops rhyming all together. In fact, rhythm also goes out the window. And, somehow the jokes get worse…

The whole thing makes me feel bad inside?

And, while I agree we should just let him have his fun, it’s his unmatched desire to be famous off of these that forces one to fight back. I hated the last Venom movie, but I didn’t walk away thinking, “Well, just let them have their fun!” No. I thought, “What the fuck, I’ll never waste another dollar on that shit again.”

But, here’s the thing: despite his jokes being ‘drunk uncle-esque’ (and completely ignoring the comically off-putting Will Smith joke, where he actually tries to do a Will Smith impression, while also glancing at the camera a few times to…see if you’re getting it?) I am so intrigued by him.

Does he think it’s funny? Does he think it’s good? He clearly wants fame, but does he want to be San Diego’s William Hung? Does he want to be famous for being bad at things?

I’d love to talk to him. I doubt he’d be willing to. I’m sure he’s extremely happy that I’m writing about him. I may even get more people to like him and hate me.

But, unfortunately the truth is that this kid and his “raps” are now a curse.

And, like all curses they must be destroyed. He must be stopped. We’re gonna get to the playoffs and this Childish Bambino is gonna release some “diss” track and we’ll get swept, Tatis’ arm will fall off, Hosmer will break both legs stretching for a grab, Blake Snell will literally lose all ligament function even though he’s not pitching, and somehow Musgrove’s no-no will be erased from time.

Let him have his fun. That’s what they said about Genghis Khan. Who was also from Cuba.

Los Angeles dodgers vs Padres @ Petco Park

by Scott Dunsmore

Game 15 – April 22

dodgers 6, Padres 1

San Diego Padres’ Ha-Seong Kim slides back to first base during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 22, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

The Padres (9-6) lost to the Los Angeles dodgers (10-3) in the first game of three at Petco Park by a score of 6-1. Nick Martinez (0-2) gave up two runs on four hits and five walks with four strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.

The Padres’ offense continued to sputter, with their only run coming when Wil Myers ground into a fielder’s choice to score Jurickson Profar in the second inning.

Wil Myers’ RBI fielder’s choice

Bob Melvin on 6-1 loss to Dodgers

Game 16 – April 23

Padres 3, dodgers 2 (10 Innings)

San Diego Padres’ Jake Cronenworth, right, celebrates with Jurickson Profar (10) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

The Padres (10-6) defeated the Los Angeles dodgers (10-4) by a score of 3-2 in ten innings in the second of three games at Petco Park. Yu Darvish (1-1, 4.43) pitched six shutout innings with one hit and three walks while striking out seven.

Jurickson Profar scored in the second inning on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly. Jake Cronenworth hit a solo home run in the third inning. C.J. Abrams came home on Austin Nola‘s sacrifice fly in the tenth inning.

Wil Myers’ sac fly

Jake Cronenworth’s solo homer

Nola’s walk-off sacrifice fly

Bob Melvin talks exciting win

Game 17 – April 24

dodgers 10, Padres 2

San Diego Padres’ Sean Manaea pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

The Padres (10-7) were defeated by the Los Angeles dodgers (11-4) in the finale of their three-game series at Petco Park by a score of 10-2. Sean Manaea (2-2, 3.47) gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The Padres committed their first fielding error of the season when Ha-Seong Kim misplayed a ground ball by Freddie Freeman in the first inning.

Manny Machado scored on a Wil Myers single in the fourth inning. A ground out by Trent Grisham in the seventh inning brought Eric Hosmer home.

Before the game, Luke Voit was placed on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness and Luis Campusano was called up from AAA El Paso to take Voit’s roster spot.

Manaea takes the hill with brother

Padres first error of season

Wil Myers’ RBI single

Trent Grisham’s RBI groundout

Padres #NoFilter: C.J. Abrams

by Padres Haiku

C.J. Abrams went north with the team this year and made his debut shortly after. Let’s see if the rookie’s IG game stacks up.

Looks like the team is making him carry the boom box for the locker room. It also looks like he’s got the Hostess Apple Pie I asked for. Good job rook, now detail my car.

C.J. is signed with Roc Nation Sports. This means two things: soon Rihanna will be a fixture at 4th inning meet-ups and he has a team dedicated to creating dope hype videos featuring hip-hop stars.

C.J. should win ROY for this outfit alone. You think Spencer Torkelson or Bobby Witt Jr. can wear this much drip? Riley Greene isn’t even allowed to be in the same room as these threads.

I think this is the picture C.J. wears on chain around his neck. Perfect.

Podcast of the Week

by Nick McCann

Locked On Padres

Episode: Luke Voit vs Tommy Pham and the San Diego Padres & Cincinnati Reds Pitching Prospects w/Jeff Carr

I’ve been a fan of the Locked On Podcast Network for awhile. The idea behind it is to have a daily podcast for every team in every market. Then when notable things happen between two teams the hosts in the network can jump on each other’s pods. 

Last week Locked On Padres host Javier Reyes had Jeff Carr on from the Reds show to talk about the series last week and the semi-controversial Luke Voit slide. It was a good conversation that covered the slide, but mostly got into Tommy Pham’s odd reaction to it. They made fun of Pham’s suggestion in the media that he could find a gym for him and Voit to fight and it was refreshing to hear from another fanbase dealing with the entire Tommy Pham package.

This is a good pod to check in with when stuff like that happens because the network is filled with plugged-in hosts who know what to communicate on behalf of their fan bases. On this particular pod I felt connected with Reds fans because we were able to agree that Tommy Pham is a weirdo.

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Scott Dunsmore has been a Padres fan since the 3rd grade. The Ghost of Ray Kroc possessed his body in 2011 and was finally exorcised by Elon Musk in 2022.

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