SD bullpen gin warts, ‘If I had Go Woo-seok…’ Deep regret

The San Diego Padres were in control until the seventh inning, when they fell victim to tailgate jitters.

San Diego fell 2-5 to the Dodgers in the opening game of the 2024 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series Seoul on Tuesday at Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, South Korea. The Padres led 2-1 through seven innings before surrendering a four-run eighth inning.

After starter Darvish Yu was pulled early for one run (unearned) in the third and two-thirds innings, Tom Cosgrove (two-thirds), Eniel de los Santos (one), Yuki Matsui (two-thirds), and Wandy Peralta (one) took the mound to protect a 2-1 lead. Each inning was close, but the defense held strong.

But then the eighth inning happened. Peralta, who took the mound for the seventh and eighth innings, gave up a leadoff walk. The San Diego bench brought in Gianni Brito in relief, but he couldn’t get out of the jam. After a single to Teoscar Hernandez, Brito gave up a straight fly ball to the outfield to load the bases. Brito gave up a sacrifice fly to Enrique Hernandez to tie the game.

The Padres brought in Adrian Morejon to try to get out of the jam with runners on first and second, but an unfortunate error occurred. Gavin Lux’s grounder sailed through Cronenwirth’s glove at first base, allowing Teoscar Hernandez to steal home. A shaky Morejon gave up a single to Betts at first and a double to Ohtani to cut the lead to 5-2.

San Diego then got Freeman to pop out to end the threat, but the momentum had already shifted heavily in the Dodgers’ favor. In the bottom of the eighth, leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts singled to center field, but three batters later, the Dodgers retired the next three batters.

Go Woo-Seok was cut from the 26-man roster the morning before the game and did not appear in the opening series. He struggled in five exhibition 토토사이트 games, posting a 12.46 ERA, and in a special matchup against the LG Twins in South Korea on Aug. 18, he gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning that cost him a spot on the roster.

But on a day when the team’s starter, Darvish, went down early and the bullpen was in need of more depth, it’s hard not to wonder what could have been. Given the state of San Diego’s bullpen on this day, he could have gotten a chance, but his exclusion from the opening day roster left a lot to be desired.

In the end, the Padres used all seven of their bullpen arms from the first day, including the closer, but ran out of gas and lost the game. The timing of the late pitching changes also contributed to the loss.


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