Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Always a good place to start. It’s the bottom of the first, bases loaded. Run already in thanks to Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single. ONE OUT. Will Venable strikes out. Eliezar Alfonso grounds out. So, we only got one run and left the bases loaded, but hey, it’s only the first, we’ll get those runs back.
Third inning, we load the bases again, this time with two outs. Alfonso strikes out to kill the inning. Oh well, we’ve left some runners on, but there’s still some time.
Fourth inning, we get two runners on with two outs. And what do you know, Alfonso comes up and strikes out to kill the inning yet again.
Next inning, same story. Two runners on with two outs, and they stayed put.
Two runners in the eighth, one in the ninth. And none of the runners in the whole game after the first inning scored.
Sure, we were facing a tough pitcher in Aaron Cook, but if we were able to get that many runners on, we should have been able to get that many runners home. We had 11 hits. Tony Gwynn had two, Chase Headley had three. Various players had one each. But Adrian Gonzalez didn’t have one. Alfonso, who left eight runners on, didn’t have one when it meant the most. He had the chance to be the hero of the game. He could have driven in eight runs! Well, maybe not. But at least a few.
And believe me, this game was not just the offense’s fault. It was the offense, the defense, and the pitching. This was an all-around failed game. These guys did not play like a team one bit last night.
Chad Gaudin pitched five innings, giving up four runs. But guess what? Only one of those were earned! Adrian and Kouz of all people each made an error that cost them.
Mike Ekstrom gave up three runs. Ryan Webb, the amazing minor league pitcher who was just what we wanted in a Scott Hairston trade (not), gave up three runs.
The Rockies had a couple huge homers that really helped them put this game away. We finally lost, 10-1.
Oh my goodness.
That’s horrible!! How is it that the Rockies had only one more hit than we did but got nine more runs than us??
Yes, I did at least hope that my Padres would somehow be playing much better in the second half. But what can a three-day break really do for a team that’s at the bottom and sinking, a team that in my opinion is the worst team in baseball? Obviously, not much. I know, it’s only the first game of the second half, but still. It was a very negative way to start off.
Can I at least ask for a series split? Can I reasonably expect that is team is able to win two games in a four-game series? Really? I want to believe in this team, but I can see the evidence as well as any other fan. This team is terrible!! They can’t hit, they can’t pitch, and they can’t play together as a team.
I’ll still be listening. I’ll be watching the game at the ballpark tomorrow night. I have to figure out who this team is going to be. It’s the second half, and I guess I should know who they are right now. But part of me is still hanging on, wanting my boys to do better than this. I know they can, I’ve seen it. But I don’t know where it went.
I would like to congratulate Zac Sunderland on being the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone. He arrived home yesterday after 13 months on the sea. He is 17 years old. I’ve been following his journey on his blog, and it’s just really cool that’s he back home. Congrats Zac!!