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2021-06-03

¡¡¡¡Neither the Padres nor the Astros took on-field batting practice for a game that started at 3:10 p.m. local time yesterday. I¡¯m thinking they might show up around 12:45 for today¡¯s 1:10 p.m. start.

¡¡¡¡That is an exaggeration, of course, but they won¡¯t be doing much before the series finale.

¡¡¡¡¡°Obviously, not going to do anything in the morning,¡± Jayce Tingler said. ¡°We¡¯ll stretch, may get a couple flips in the cage and we¡¯re going go and play. I¡¯ve never been a part of four consecutive extra-inning games. … Our guys are some type of resilient. They¡¯re built for this. But, yeah, we¡¯ll do what we can to get off our feet tonight, try to sleep in as long as we can and get ready to go.¡±

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¡¡¡¡That was Tingler talking after the Padres beat the Astros 11-8 in 12 innings in a game that lasted five hours and seven minutes. It followed Friday¡¯s 11-inning game, which lasted four hours, 43 minutes.

¡¡¡¡(Here is my game story from yesterday.)

¡¡¡¡The past two games make Thursday¡¯s three-hour, 51-minute 10-inning contest seem short. And I question whether Wednesday¡¯s 10 innings completed in 3:04 even really happened.

¡¡¡¡There is at some point a price to pay for playing 43 innings in four days (with a flight in between) and for the bullpen having to cover 24 2/3 innings in that span. After today¡¯s quick turnaround, the Padres have a flight to Chicago and another day game Monday.

¡¡¡¡¡°We have not had that pretty easy run so far,¡± Fernando Tatis Jr. said. ¡°Those games have drained us. But we find no excuse, we come the next day, we put the work in, we re-set, and we continue going.¡±

¡¡¡¡Tingler watched the final 4? innings of yesterday¡¯s game from the clubhouse, celebrating with some pitchers and athletic trainers when Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning.

¡¡¡¡Tingler was ejected in the top of the eighth inning for coming out of the dugout to protest when the Padres¡¯ challenge of a call at first base did not go their way.

¡¡¡¡Top 8th ¨C Padres challenge call that Jurickson Profar is out at 1B; call stands, runner is out. Powered by @Mitel. pic.twitter.com/bA9DVIy360

¡¡¡¡¡ª MLB Replays (@MLBReplays) May 30, 2021

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¡¡¡¡Further discussion is not allowed after a replay review, but Tingler felt he had to make his thoughts known.

¡¡¡¡Just like he did later.

¡¡¡¡¡°I don¡¯t want to get into what I think of the system,¡± he said. ¡°I prefer the story be the group of men, the team battling, laying their hearts out there.¡±

¡¡¡¡Then he continued.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Obviously, it¡¯s a flawed system,¡± he said. ¡°What do you say? This isn¡¯t the first time this year. Nobody understands it.¡±

¡¡¡¡The replay guidelines for the umpire crew in New York reviewing calls say they must see clear evidence the decision on the field was wrong to overturn it. Tingler is among a growing faction inside and around the game who believe the call on the field should be irrelevant when reviewing challenges.

¡¡¡¡¡°Nobody is upset at a bang-bang play if an umpire makes a call and you go back and look at it on video,¡± Tingler said. ¡°But to come back and just make up nonsense, with today¡¯s technology, I don¡¯t know what you can say. He slid and didn¡¯t touch the bag? Just have some common sense. It just doesn¡¯t make any sense.¡±

¡¡¡¡A single in the eighth inning that drove in Manny Machado from second base was Eric Hosmer¡¯s 800th career RBI.Myers¡¯ home run was his first since April 24. While he missed 10 games due to COVID, that was still a drought of 20 games and 67 at-bats between homers. Myers was 3-for-5 yesterday.Jake Cronenworth was 2-for-4 and is now 5-for-25 on the road trip. He also committed his first error in 26 games (125 chances) yesterday.Machado doubled for the third straight game and went 2-for-5 with a walk. He started at third base for the first time since May 19.Tommy Pham was 2-for-6, his fourth straight game with two hits. He is batting .333 (12-for-36) with a .478 on-base percentage over the past nine games.Tatis¡¯ 15 home runs, which are tied for the National League lead and are one off the MLB lead, have come on a mere 34 fly balls. That¡¯s a preposterous 44 percent. The MLB average is 15 percent.Even before he hit the back wall at Minute Maid Park with a home run for the second straight game, Tatis did something incredible. Despite the fact it made me cringe every time, I could not stop watching this.

¡¡¡¡Sometimes it hurts an old man just to watch Fernando Tatis Jr. do what is merely routine for him. https://t.co/59LhA0XKFa

¡¡¡¡¡ª Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) May 29, 2021

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¡¡¡¡As Ryan Weathers walked in from running between the foul poles at Minute Maid Park Saturday morning, Astros manager Dusty Baker emerged from the home clubhouse, climbed the steps of the dugout and walked across the field to the grass in front of the Padres dugout.

¡¡¡¡There, the 71-year-old lifelong baseball man grabbed the 21-year-old rookie in an embrace.

¡¡¡¡Baker managed Weathers¡¯ father in Cincinnati for two seasons (2007-08) near the end of David Weathers¡¯ 19-year major league career.

¡¡¡¡This is fairly normal for Weathers, who spent an abundance of time in major league clubhouses and on major league fields as a boy.

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¡¡¡¡Sure, he is a gifted pitcher. But we should never wonder where he gets the moxie to attack the strike zone and get out of jams as he has so far in his career.

¡¡¡¡This might be the most adorable thing I¡¯ve seen, at least since I left home a week ago and my granddaughter pointed at me as I left. (Seriously, she is almost a year old and thinks pointing is waving. Needless to say, we have some work to do.)

¡¡¡¡Saw this posted elsewhere by a fan. Kills me every time. pic.twitter.com/RZOqWp3sI5

¡¡¡¡¡ª Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 29, 2021

¡¡¡¡And that was before I found out the young boy so delighted at Machado¡¯s wave is the son of Chicago Sun-Times Bears beat writer and former Union-Tribune intern Patrick Finley.

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¡¡¡¡All right, that¡¯s it for me today. Did I mention there is a day game and a flight to Chicago coming up?

¡¡¡¡Talk to you tomorrow.

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