Chad Gaudin didn’t get to pitch in Petco Park until last night. He’s been with us for about a month, but just always landed on the road, compiling an 0-3 record. But now that’s he’s pitched at Petco, I’m sure he can’t wait to do it again.
Gaudin gave up the Giants’ first and only run in the top of the second on a groundout by Emmanuel Burriss.
But in the bottom of that inning, the Padres came right back to tie the game. Chris Burke (who is really cute) hit a double to drive in Nick Hundley.
The game stayed tied until the fourth, when my baby Kouz came to the plate! On the first pitch, he hit a home run to left field. Yay!! That was his third of the year, and it was the winning run.
Gaudin went six innings, allowing one run but walking four. He did very well. The bullpen was excellent as well. Greg Burke threw his third scoreless inning since he’s been called up. Luke Gregerson had a scoreless inning, and the game was passed to Heath Bell.
Heath’s been amazing. He struck out the first batter he faced, then the second batter hit a high chopper right above Heath. Heath watched it, stuck out his hand and caught it barehanded, and threw a bullet to first base to get the speedy runner. It was an incredible play! Then he struck out the last batter, and got his 11th save in 11 chances and the Padres’ fifth win in a row.
We’ve been playing really well at home. Here’s a few of the Union-Tribune’s headlines this morning: “Streaking Pads can’t lose behind Kouz” and “Padres making themselves at home”. HAHAHA! Those are brilliant. But seriously, I think we’ve won 13 out of 19 at home. That’s pretty good!! And now we have the chance to sweep the Giants for the second time here.
Really shows how much coming home can help a team, huh? We were just finishing a six-game losing streak last week, and now we’re about to have a six-game winning streak! Baseball is so crazy.
I really wonder if this team is turning it around for good. Is this just a one-time thing, or are they really going to be this good for the rest of the year?
Last night, we only got four hits in the entire game: Kouz had two, and Burke had two. That was it. But the bullpen has been excellent, so as long as we have just enough, we’re good.
Tonight is Kevin Correia against Tim Linecum, though. This will be the second time he pitches against the Padres this season. Last time around, he was good, but he got the loss. Let’s see if he’s in better form this time around. Hey, he pitched that day that we finished the sweep of the Giants. Hmmm…
When I checked padres.com this morning, I saw the first headline and my heart sunk: Padres, White Sox talk Peavy – oh my goodness. I think I just died. I just went back to see what the headline was, and the Padres have agreed with the White Sox for a deal to trade Jake. Oh my goodness I am so going to die. Jake had better excercise his no-trade clause or I’m going to PANIC!!! Oh wait, I already am. I’m sorry Jen, but you can’t have him!! I am sooooo going to die. This is ridiculous!! The Padres are playing so well right now!! WE CANNOT TRADE HIM!!! oh my goodness oh my goodness oh my goodness. Just what I needed. More heartbreak. Support group, this one might be worse than Trevor’s…oh my goodness…..I THINK I’M GOING TO PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HE MUST USE HIS NOOOOOOOO-TRADE CLAUSE!!! OR ELSE ME AND ALL THE PADRES FANS ARE GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From what I’m reading, the Padres and the White Sox have agreed to a deal. If Jake didn’t have the no-trade clause, he would be gone by now. But thankfully, he’s got that clause. Man, can you imagine what this guy is thinking right now? He’s got a wife and three young children, who are settled here in San Diego. They practically just moved here. He’s said that he wants to stay in the NL, but this would move him to the AL. He’d be going to a place that’s cold in the winter and doesn’t have the incredible weather like San Diego. He’d be going from a team that’s 10 games behind to a team that’s only 5.5 games behind. He’s got a huge fan base here, he’s been playing here for all his career. He believes that this team is going to get better. I don’t think it’s worth leaving. He’s gotta use the clause. He just has to, or I’m going to lock myself in my room for the next few weeks.
I just can’t take this. I’m dealing with enough right now. I don’t need this to deal with as well.
Trading him would be a huge mistake on the Padres part. HUGE mistake!!!!! YOU MUSN’T DO IT YOU CRAZY FRONT OFFICE PEOPLE!! Trading Jake is not going to get people in your stands. NOT AT ALLLLLLLL!!! Look what he just did. He threw his best outing of the year just last Sunday. WHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????
Once I hear anything, I’ll update. Unless he gets traded (which he won’t)…then I’ll be crying in my room…
(photo credit: Union Tribune)