- 9-2 Padres
Brandon Webb is a nice guy, a good baseball player. But last night his stuff was against him, and so were the Padres. We really got to him for our 50th win of the season. It was the 3rd inning in a scoreless game. Nick Hundley and Tadahito Iguchi singled. Then Brian Giles, who has been on a tear lately, hit a bomb to right and we had a 3-0 lead. But we were far from being done. Luis Rodriguez singled and Adrian walked for Kouz, who drove them both in with a booming double. Arizona tried to come back with a 2-run homer from Mark Reynolds in the 4th. But that was all for the Snakes, who got 2 hits off Chad Reineke and 1 hit off the bullpen. The Padres, on the other hand, kept piling on. They got runs in the 5th, 7th, and 8th. Jody Gerut got another hit and RBI against Jon Rauch. I can’t believe Arizona used him! I really don’t expect to see him today. Chad Reineke was good, earning his 2nd win. He did struggle, throwing 93 pitches and walking 4 guys. But he went 5 innings before handing it off to the bullpen. Clay Hensley, Mike Adams, Brian Falkenborg, Heath Bell, and Brett Tomko finished it up. Falkenborg got into a bases loaded situation. Heath came in with 2 outs and Mark Reynolds at the plate. Heath knocked him down with a pitch way up and in. It looked pretty intentional. But then Heath brought out the heat, throwing two sharp strikes. Reynolds swung right through the last pitch. Heath is so aggressive, and it is really cool to see. Everyone was super solid at the plate. We got 13 hits. Giles, at the top of the lineup again, had 3 hits. Rodriguez had a hit. Adrian had a hit, two walks, and scored three runs. Kouz had 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. Chase and Nick each had 2 hits. Iguchi and Jody each had a hit. But Reineke is going to have to work on his bunting. He attempted and missed about 6 pitches over 2 AB’s. Our defense was solid. Tony Clark was starting. He does not look good as a Diamondback. But he didn’t hurt us too badly, so it’s cool. As I was sitting there watching this game, I realized that I could be watching the NL West champs. It made me really realize how the pathetic the NL West is! Arizona looked horrible last night. That’s a tribute to our pitching staff, but seriously: this Diamondbacks team does not look like a postseason contender. The Dodgers are going through a rough spot themselves right now. Whatever happens, it will be a great postseason.
Today is Cha Sueng Baek vs. Randy Johnson as the Padres go for the sweep. GO PADRES!!