Things were not looking good.
In the bottom of the first, Tim Stauffer gave up a three-run homer to Brian McCann. It was early, and it was only three runs, but something like that puts a damper on the game from the get-go.
But then again, these are the Padres we’re talking about.
For the past two years, the Padres have been characterized as a bad team. A losing team. A last-place team. But things are changing. Sure, we’re at the bottom of the NL West, but we’re playing very, very well right now.
Take last night for instance. We only had three hits in the first five innings, but in the sixth, we got seven hits and six runs. In the seventh, we got two runs on Kouz’s two-run homer, his 16th of the year. We got another run in the eighth, and three more in the ninth.
After the rough first, Tim Stauffer really got back on the ball and had a solid outing. He went five innings, allowing six hits and three runs with three walks and two strikeouts.
Adam Russell pitched 1.2 innings for us, allowing one run on three hits. We got Russell from the White Sox in the Jake Peavy deal. He just joined the team at the beginning of the series. It’s cool to see another piece of that trade helping us already. Kind of comforting.
OK, the offense. We had 18 total hits. Six Padres had a multi-hit game. Adrian and Eck each had three hits and drove in two runs. Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley, Will Venable, and T.Gwynn each had two hits. Kouz only had one hit, but drove in three runs.
The Braves made two errors that really helped the Padres. Definitely cost them some runs.
Joe Thatcher and Ryan Webb were good out of the bullpen. We won this game, 12-5.
I have to say, that feels so good. We won the series, which we have been doing a lot lately. It’s so exciting!!
This team definitely has problems, but their success is far overwhelming them. The Padres are 12-12 so far in August, which is a lot better than the last two months. We have a chance to have a winning month!
This team may be dead last, but they’re exciting to watch. I can now say that the Padres have an excellent chance of winning every day. I know that this team can hit and pitch and play defense, I’ve seen it day after day. I know they can do it, and it seems like nothing is a damper. These two Atlanta pitchers we just faced were supposed to be extremely tough. The one on Tuesday was, but we still came out on top. Yesterday, we drove the starter out of the game. The Padres can’t be classified as a terrible team anymore. Look at them. They deserve a lot more respect.
I’m super excited about next year. We have all the pieces, pieces that are finally working together as a team. We’re getting the job done. This team is going to be good. They’re good right now, and they’re only going to get better.
I wrote a three-page letter to Jake Peavy yesterday, front and back. Whew. I also wrote to Will Venable.
Tonight we are going for the sweep. Clayton Richard, who is 3-0 with the Padres so far, will start. I hope he has a great, great outing and gives us a chance to win.