Saturday, August 21, 2021

Padres-Dodgers: Deep Drives, Frazier-Machado Gloves Key

Former Pirates 2nd baseman Adam Frazier made three great fielding plays for a Statis-pro Padres team that has lost numerous games with errors (E) or not coming up with clutch defensive (CD) plays (see CD chart at bottom of blog)

Twice Frazier (top fielding ranking with an E1, CD5) turned double plays on balls that would have been errors before he was traded to the Padres (E2-10 and E3-10 were the error readings). Even more spectacular his CD5 turned a 76 from a run scoring single like it would have been for a CD1, 2, 3 or 4 at second base. An 11-78 is at least one out for a cd5 while only an 81-88 is a singke that would have scored Trea Turner from second base in the top of the 5th in the nightcap, which woukd have given the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Machado also had a cd5 play and hit two homers, including a game winning 3-run homer in the nightcap for a 5-3 win.

In the first game the Padres lost a 5-1 lead and lost 6-5 due to the result of 3 late deep drives.

In the top of the 6th Bellinger looked out to end the inning on an  FD9 (deep drive to right) but Marisnik dropped it for a 2 base error that let Seager score the game-tying run. Taylor, inly in the game because Justin Turner was injured on a z-play, the tripled him home for the 6-5 lead.

The Padres had two DEEP drives late, but in bith cases their spacious park (11-34 homer, 35-88 sac fly) held the ball. Profar's deep drive ended the 6th, and Marisnik's would have redeemed him as a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th but instead was the last out.

Tatis and Machado combined for a 7-18 series with 2 Machado homers.

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