Life can get a little confusing at times. A regularly scheduled reminder is very convenient. But we here at The Kept Faith have decided to mix it up a little bit from what we’ve brought you in the past.
So here’s a refresher of what happened during the last week in faith.
The Padres (0-1) lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks (1-0) in the first of four games at Chase Field to open the 2022 season. Yu Darvish (0-0, 0.00) threw six shutout innings, walking four and striking out three while not allowing a hit before being relieved after reaching 92 pitches.
Tim Hill gave up the Diamondbacks first hit in the seventh inning. Robert Suarez made his Major League debut to pitch the ninth inning and did not record an out while giving up two walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batsman to load the bases. Craig Stammen came on in relief, threw a wild pitch that scored a run, and gave up a game-winning three-run home run to rookie Seth Beer.
Ha-Seong Kim scored both Padres runs: In the third inning when Luke Voit drew a bases-loaded walk and in the fourth inning on an Austin Nola single.
The Padres (1-1) defeated the Diamondbacks (1-1) by a score of 3-0 in the second game of four at Chase Field. Sean Manaea threw seven shutout innings in his Padres debut, giving up zero hits and one walk while striking out seven before leaving having thrown 88 pitches.
C.J. Abrams made his Major League debut, going 0-for4, but getting on base on a fielder’s choice before being thrown out over-sliding the bag on a steal attempt of second base in the second inning. Jurickson Profar hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and drove in Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning. Profar was thrown out at third base after reaching on an error. Hosmer had reached on a double after being initially called out for not touching first base, a decision later reversed on replay review. Abrams also made a spectacular defensive play at shortstop in the ninth inning to help Taylor Rogers secure his first save as a Padre.
The Padres (2-1) defeated the Diamondbacks (1-2), 5-2, in the third game of four at Chase Field. Joe Musgrove went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Matt Beaty scored on a Manny Machado double and Jake Cronenworth‘s double drove in Machado in the third inning. An Eric Hosmer single drove in Machado and Luke Voit scored on an Aaron Nola sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. C.J. Abrams got his first Major League hit and scored his first run on pinch-hitter José Azócar‘s first Major League hit & RBI in the ninth inning.
The Padres (3-1) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (1-3) by a score of 10-5 in the finale of their four-game series at Chase Field. Blake Snell was originally slated to start but was pulled in the middle of the first inning after experiencing left adductor tightness after warming up in the bullpen. Nabil Crismatt came in to start the game with three shutout innings on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts. Austin Adams, Craig Stammen, Robert Suarez, and Javy Guerra combined in relief for the final six innings.
Jurickson Profar hit a grand slam home run and Jorge Alfaro followed with a solo home run in the second inning. Ha-Seong Kim scored on an Austin Nola sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks’ Corbin Martin threw two wild pitches in the fifth inning to Alfaro that brought Jake Cronenworth and then Luke Voit in to score. A Manny Machado double drove in Kim and Nola scored on a Cronenworth sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
This is a column about Padres Podcasts. The Kept Faith has a podcast and we would like to inform you about some other ones. Each week we will introduce or check in with a different show. More Padres content is better for everybody.
Starting this column, I wanted to go through the experience of discovery. This is why I chose to write about a Padres Podcast I had never listened to before. It just so happens that I picked one that proved to be extremely useful.
Friar Talk is a podcast/youtube show that posts audio and video versions on audio platforms and YouTube. Generally their episodes are between 10 and 30 minutes long and they go up almost every day. Matt, Chase, and Issac are the dudes who make up this show. They all have a deep knowledge of the team and a healthy sense of modern trends that are used to evaluate the major league game.
When something happens in Padres World they come with a short precise clip of content that immediately makes you feel like you’re at the forefront of what’s going on. For example, on Friday, the morning before CJ Abrams made his debut, they gave the audience a quick explanation of the significance of the night that would follow and piggy backed it with a rundown of the NL Rookie of The Year race. In and out in 14 minutes.
If you’re looking for a rowdy laugh a minute good time, this won’t be the show for you. However, these guys aren’t asking us to meet them on the terms of liking their personalities. That’s not really the point of what they are doing. If you want straight forward friar talk give Friar Talk: A Padres Podcasta spin. They put up a little over an hour of content last week broken up over several days and I found it to be a great way to keep up with the team in real time.
Padres #nofilter: Sean Manaea
by Padres Haiku
On April 3rd, the Padres traded Adrián Martínez and Euribiel Angeles to the the A’s for Aaron Holiday and Sean Manaea’s hair. Attached to those wonderful locks is a left arm that threw 7 innings of no hit baseball against the d-backs. Let’s take a look at Sean’s Instagram.
Sean doesn’t post much but he has posted a few pic with his girlfriend(?), Talat. Here’s a picture of them shopping at a street fair while Sean eats what looks like poutine. I’m not going to count this as a food pic, but i will count this as a fun underwear pic.
I love everything about this picture. The knockoff Supreme logo mixed with Louis Vuitton, the Guy Fawkes/Anonymous skate deck on the wall, another supreme logo, what looks like karaoke screen… I’m not sure what that dude is holding but that looks fun too. The only thing I don’t like about this photo is that I wasn’t invited. Sean, if you’re looking for karaoke in San Diego LMK, I’m pretty sure my ban from Jin Music Studios on Convoy is over.
@tonyhawk U C DIS? In all honesty, if Sean hurts himself on a skateboard at the Washington St. Skatepark, I’ll cry. Linda Vista Skatepark, I understand.
Here’s a pic of Sean and his mom and another with his dad. Perfect, no notes.
Sean is about to be best friends with Kevin Hart and make, like, 30 movies a year.
Thank God we’ll never have to see this.
Guys, Sean might be a nerd, and I’m good with it.
There’s lots more to discuss on Manaea’s IG page so follow him at seanmanaea.
P.S. Sean went to Indiana State, which makes him the most famous athlete to ever attend that school.
Tweet of the Week
by Dallas “My New Album Was #2 For A Week” McLaughlin
Of all the storylines during the first week of Padres Baseball my favorite was some caller on Ben & Woods calling Bob Melvin, “Bob Melon”. Either intentionally, or not, it was objectively hilarious and actually stupid. However, my tweet of the week goes to: Corey “I’m Here For The Drag Queens And Skrewball” Stewart and his beautiful piece of art depicting this caller’s dipshittedness.
The funny part about it is how accurate Corey, intentionally or not, was with his parody cover art of the Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – just in reverse. You see for years AJ Preller has been Billy Corgan in his Zwan phase: No one cared, the music was essentially the same, all your favorite musicians from Corgan’s other shit were all gone, and it was a letdown. Now, in 2022, Bob Melvin is essentially James Iha. He’s the missing piece that Corgan needed to stop telling people he had a band called “Smashing Pumpkins” and actually have the band. Melvin is the real musical mastermind instead of the ego-driven frontman who acts as the tortured genius.
As James Iha once said about Corgan, “He traded away Trea Turner, and that was a mistake.”