Category: Dailies

WANTED: A first baseman who doesn’t have an average of .116

bradhawpe.jpgNot only is our hitting non-existent, but I’ve realized that our defense is really shoddy as well. We’ve had so many errors in the last week, and I’m sure many of them have led to game-winning runs.

Last night we played the Phillies at home, and it was really bad. Going into the ninth inning, we had three hits. Three total in the whole game. And the Phillies led 3-0. We did get a couple of runners on in the ninth (of course), but we didn’t get the clutch hit (of course).

I really don’t know what to say. We are in a horrible slump, and it’s really early. I don’t know if I should be settling in for a looooooong hard season or if I should keep hoping game after game that we will score some runs, at least. I’m used to cheering for a losing team, but that does not make it any easier.

One of the worst players on this team right now is Brad Hawpe. I’ve never, ever liked this guy. I couldn’t stand him when he was on the Rockies, especially because he was involved in Game 163. Then, he was so good that I couldn’t stand him. Now, he’s so bad that I want to storm into the Padres’ front office and make them release him. His average right now is the lovely .116. Buddy Black brilliantly stuck him in the game in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on and two outs. Did he honestly think that Brad would be able to like, get a hit? Drive in a run? Impossible! I would have taken my chances with Alberto Gonzalez.

Brad Hawpe has played in 16 games and he has five hits with two RBIs. Alberto Gonzalez had only played in 10 games and he has five hits with three RBIs. Alberto is hitting .238. I think the choice is obvious, but of course Buddy put in Hawpe, and he convieniently struck out to end the game. WAY TO GO, BRAD. WE REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.

I don’t know about this, guys. We are pretty pathetic right now. And *sob* we’re in the cellar of the NL West. I hate the cellar. We were never in the cellar at all last year, and it makes me really sad that we’re back down there in that dark, sad, depressing place.

Get it back together, boys. No matter what, I will always be a Padres fan. I’m going to cheer for these guys no matter what, but I would apprieciate a good win every once in a while, if you can muster that. Thanks.

Oh, yeah, and Happy Good Friday 🙂

GO PADRES!!!!!!! 

(Photo: Associated Press)

WANTED: Guys who can actually support their pitchers with a few runs!!!

I think I’ve figured out what our problem is. For those of you who haven’t been watching the Padres, we are 4-6 in our last ten games, and we are in a serious slump right now. Ever since we won our opening series against the Cardinals, we have lost two series and split two more.

Last night, we lost the first of three games to the Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings. It was so bad! The only problem with this team right now is that we can’t hit. Like, at all. Sure, we do break out the bats like every three games, but the rest of the time, nothing’s going.

But the thing is, our pitching is fine. Our pitching is amazing! Tim Stauffer threw seven innings last night, only allowing four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. But he got zero run support.

Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson, and Chad Qualls also threw, but Qualls was the one who allowed the run for the Cubs’ win.

As of right now, we are completely out of it. Even if we were winning, the Colorado Rockies are on fire. They’re blowing away everyone in the division with a record of 12-4. The Giants are behind them with a record of 9-7 and three games behind. We are currently in fourth place and five games behind.

But I guess we’ll just have to see how the season goes. We’ve still got a ton of season left, and a lot can happen. But we’d better get our bats going ASAP!!!!

GO PADRES!!!!!

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MISSING: Clutch Hits

I went to the game last night, and I am not happy with how things are looking.
 
We seriously can’t hit, which is a huge problem!! It was so super frustrating. First of all, we had like one hit through most of the game. We only started hitting near the end of the game, when we really needed it, but we couldn’t come up with the big hit. It was so stupid. Our guys are just not doing well right now. We tied up the game in the eighth inning, which was great, but then we loaded the bases with minimal outs and couldn’t get that stupid one hit.

And then we need to talk about Cory Luebke. I know he’s new. I know he’s a kid. But when you come into the game with a 2-2 tie in the 11th inning, you’ve gotta keep yourself together. It was great, because he got two really quick outs when he came in. Then, something awful happened.

I don’t know if it was mental or physical or physiological or what, but he completely lost it. It didn’t make any sense. Suddenly, he gave up six runs. SIX!!!! In the 11th inning!!!! In a game that we should have had in the bag, but we completely failed. Ugh. It was so awful. Cory definitely needs to figure out what went wrong there, cause that was unacceptable. Single, double, walk, single, single, three-run home run, bam. We’re dead. It was so bad. Get your act together, Cory.

But, on the positive side, starter Clayton Richard had a great game. He was on fire. I was shocked. His strikes to balls ratio was ridiculous. He threw 76 strikes to 31 balls. It was crazy. In the first few innings, he literally had like one ball to 10, 20 strikes. I kept looking at the pitcher scoreboard and laughing. He was really on his game. He went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Okay, so here’s the thing: Ryan Ludwick and Brad Hawpe are actually pretty good fielders. Ryan made a couple of great plays in left field and Brad did the same at first. But neither one of them can hit! Usually I’m the one who believes in all the players, no matter how they’re doing, but when Hawpe was announced in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on, even I groaned. I knew there was no way he was going to be able to help us, and when he was replaced by Jorge Cantu, I rejoiced. Even though Cantu struck out swinging.

Speaking of the ninth inning, that was bad. We had the bases loaded and couldn’t get a run. Then in the 10th, we also had the bases loaded, and got nothing out of it.

Alberto Gonzalez, who we acquired a couple of weeks ago, has done really well for us so far. Last night he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a triple. It was great. He tripled and went for home when the ball sort of went crazy, but got thrown out. It was a pity. We really could have used that extra run.

So, the game stunk. We had the opportunities, but we couldn’t capitalize on them. This loss was entirely our fault. We had better get things going soon. Just saying, our bats needs to start up ASAP. Like today. Like right now.

Anyways, so the reason I was at Petco yesterday was because the Padres were hosting their first annual sports and entertainment career fair. It was okay. I did learn some stuff, but there were a serious amount of suits there and since I’m not yet a high school graduate, there weren’t really many job options for me. Tom Garfinkel’s speech was pretty good though.

As I was packing up after the game ended and was super upset about the stupidity of my team’s lack of hitting, the guys from Gaslamp Ball ran into me. It was really cool to see them and chat a bit. I was pretty upset at Cory at that point, and promised quite the rant about him, which you can find at the top of this post ^

We’ve got to get today’s game. We absolutely have to. We must win win win and for goodness sakes, get some clutch hits!!!!!!

GO PADRES!!!! 
 

The Return of Latos

Mat Latos is back, and though he wasn’t entirely on his game, at least he’s pitching. I think that’s a good start.

Mat went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Not to bad at all, but he did pile up the pitch count pretty quickly. He finished up with 94 pitches.

On the other side, Reds starter Edinson Volquez helped us out in the first inning. He was pretty erratic. He allowed two singles, then a walk, and then he hit Ryan Ludwick to drive in our first run. Brad Hawpe gave us a sacrifice fly for the second run.

The Reds pulled ahead in the fourth and fifth innings. Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

After Latos left, Ernesto Frieri came in to pitch. He threw 1.1 innings, only allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

We lost 3-2. It stunk. We just didn’t capitalize on the situations that we had.

Our hitting is still not looking that great. Not only that, but our baserunning was not helping us either. We had two people caught stealing, which easily killed some run-scoring opportunities.

Will Venable, leading off, went 2-for-3 with a run scored, which was great. But he also was one of the guys who got caught stealing.

We are now 4-5. I really hope we get things back together.

I’m going to tomorrow’s game, which I’m really excited about it. It’ll be a lot of fun to get out and to actually see how the team is doing myself. Hopefully they’ll give me a good game.

GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Back on Track

You know that hitting thing that I was talking about yesterday?

Well, my boys found their bats today in the third game against the Dodgers.

With the series already won by LA, we needed today’s game to avoid the sweep. The Dodgers started off with a run scored by T-Gwynn Jr. (of course) in the first. We didn’t score until the third inning, where we got an RBI single from Jorge Cantu.

Then Ryan Ludwick hit a huge solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 2-1. We kept the lead for the rest of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the seventh, Cameron Maybin homered. It was sweet.

We won 7-2. Starting pitcher Aaron Harang got his second win. Nick Hundley was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.

It was such a good game! We really needed that win. And best of all, we were hitting really well!

I’m really excited about the boys. This next series against the Reds is going to be great. I’m going to the game on Tuesday…SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! I can’t wait to see my boys in person. I almost never get to see them live, so it’s going to be amazingly fun. Can’t wait!!

GO PADRES!!!!

What a Mess…

We are not hitting.

That, my friends, is not good.

We just lost two games to the Dodgers in which we had a total of 15 hits with two runs.

It is not good.

If we hit the slump later in the season, we’d be okay. But slumping this early in the season? It’s nothing but bad news. 

You gotta start out hot. We sort of did, and I guess we still might be. But I do have to say that the past two games are worrying me a bit.

Friday’s game was a disaster. It had like four rain delays, and the game was finally postponed to Saturday. Then, of all people, Tony Gwynn Jr., who is now on the Dodgers, drove in the tie-breaking run. I seriously can’t believe it. I got a horrible feeling when I heard T-Gwynn announced in the 11th that he was going to do something big against us. Just like the end of the season in 2007. Man. I think I liked him better when he was playing for us.

This whole series is just turning out to be a nightmare. Saturday’s game stunk because we were shutout the whole thing. The Dodgers took it 4-0. It was so sad because of course, we rallied in the bottom of the ninth with single, single, walk with two outs. But then Cam Maybin hit a ball right to the third baseman, and Chase Headley ran into the third baseman for the final out. Way to go Chase.

So now the Dodgers have won the series. Last night/today’s game definitely has messed us up. Blech.

I hope that we can find our bats again soon. We need them. At least Mat Latos is coming back on Monday.

GO PADRES!!!! BEAT LA!!!!