Last night’s game was crazy amazing.
Let me start off by saying that it’s not very often that we completely dominate like this. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The thing that got it all started was Jerry Hairston Jr’s grand slam in the bottom of the second. That was amazing! First grand slam of the year for the Padres. The inning started off with three straight singles by Nick Hundley, Chris Denorfia, and Oscar Salazar. Jerry came up two outs later and got the ball just fair down the left field corner. It was so cool. Lately, we’ve been leaving a lot of runners on base, especially when they get there with no outs. It was really, really good that we were able to take full advantage of that situation.
We didn’t score in the bottom of the fourth, but we got four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Adrian and Chase led off with singles again, and then Nick Hundley walked. After that, Chris Denorfia and Oscar Salazar each walked in a run. I was so loving the Mets pitching at that moment.
After a pitching change, Luis Durango drove in his first two runs of his major league career. At the end of that inning, we were winning 10-4.
The bottom of the sixth was our biggest inning of the night. Adrian and Chase led off the inning again, but this time Adrian was walked and Chase got his third hit of the night. Nick Hundley singled, Denorfia doubled, and we scored two more runs. Oscar Salazar walked. Luis Durango grounded into a force out that got Nick thrown out at home. But then Will Venable singled in three. J-Hair singled, and Eck sac-flied him in. It was a great inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Headley got his fourth hit of the night with a solo homer. That brought us to 17-6. The Petco Park record for most runs scored by the Padres was 17 runs. We set that on Opening Day here. Thus, our 18th run, scored in the bottom of the eighth, set another record.
I would like to mention that Lance Zawadzki was the one who drove in that run because I think I’m finally finding a new favorite player. At the beginning of the year I decided that Scott and Jerry Hairston would be my new favorites, but that’s not really gone through. Obviously, I love all of these guys, but I think a player becomes your favorite instead of you deciding that he will be. And I do have to say, this kid is absolutely adorable. Whew.
This game was soo much fun to follow. Let’s look at some of these guys’ nights:
Jerry Hairston, leading off, had two hits, including the grand slam. Before this homestand started, Jerry had zero home runs for the season. Now he has three.
David Eckstein was the only one who didn’t get into the party. He went 0-for-4, but he did drive in a run.
Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, two walks, and scored three runs.
Chase Headley had four hits and scored four runs.
Nick Hundley had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored two. Let me tell you, he has been hot. Over the weekend he was absolutely essential to our two wins in the series against the Nationals. He hit a three-run homer on Saturday and then a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th on Sunday. It’s great to see him heating up like this.
Chris Denorfia had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Great night for him.
Absolutely amazing 18-6 win. I enjoyed it soooo much. What a great night!!
This team is proving itself to me over and over again. I really truly believe in them. I saw something on MLB.com today that took my breath away: we’re one of the current playoff teams. If the season ended today, we would be the National League West champions. I know that we’ve still got a lot of season left, and anything could happen. But these boys have been winning consistently for a long time. We’ve held onto our first-place lead for a very long time. These guys are for real. They have my support 100%.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
You know, the Padres have gone 40 years without any player hitting for the cycle. But for some reason, I think that’s finally going to be fulfilled very soon. We’ve come very, very close multiple times this season already. I’d say that we’ve been one hit away three or four times. It’s going to happen. Last night, Will Venable put on quite the show. Even though he didn’t hit for the cycle, it was still an impressive performance.
Will was in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, and I think that’s a good spot for him to be. He went 4-for-5 last night, with a single, two doubles, a triple, and a walk. He also scored four runs. Pretty amazing. He was just a home run away! Huge game for him.
Another person who had a huge game was Adrian Gonzalez. He drove in a career-high six runs, including a massive three-run homer.
I think this is going to be a game that we’ll remember for a long time. Not really for anything too huge, but there were just so many interesting aspects of it. First of all, it was another battle for our first-place lead. With LA’s nine-game winning streak or whatever, they’ve really gotten into this race. Now it’s not just SanFran we’re going to have to worry about. Like I’ve said before, my boys are not sitting comfortably on top of the NL West. This thing is a fight, and we have to keep pushing to keep this lead.
Second of all, this game was ridiculously long. I’m sure it didn’t help that we had scored eight runs before the fifth inning, and that Jon Garland was pitching. The guy’s a good pitcher and all, but my goodness, somebody really needs to speed him up. As it is, he only went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. But then again, Ramon Ortiz only went 3.1 innings.
Third, it was overall a great offensive game for the whole team. Sure, we have Adrian and Will as standouts, but the whole lineup really contributed. We had 10 runs and 14 hits. Notable is the top of the lineup: Will, four hits; Eck, two hits; Adrian, three hits. Chase Headley hit a solo home run.
At the same time, though, we left a ton of runners on base. We could have been well on our way to 20 runs, but we left 13 runners on base. We were only 7-for-22 with runners in scoring position! That was something that was a little frustrating, but we did take a little advantage. We got two runs in the top of the ninth after not scoring since the fourth inning.
One person on this team I am really frustrated with right now is Edward Mujica. I mean, he hasn’t been horrible, but he has been giving up a few runs here and there. I don’t like it.
Luke Gregerson and Ryan Webb had perfect one-inning outings, which was good. I was really glad that we got those two runs in the top of the ninth so that Heath wouldn’t have to pitch.
It was an amazing game. It’s always great to beat the Dodgers, and it was cool to break their winning streak, since they were so rude as to break ours over the weekend. I really hope that we’ll be able to get the little sweep tonight.
So I’d like to talk about Trevor Hoffman a little. A couple nights ago, he blew his fifth save of the year in 10 chances. That is not good at all. I’m worried about him. He’s usually a lot better than this. I mean, like he said, it’s not like he was throwing 90 last year and now he’s down to 80. He wasn’t completely solid last year, but he closed down games. I’d like to say that he’s not doing so well because he left San Diego, but I know that even if he did come back here, he would probably be throwing the same way. But whatever happens, he can’t retire yet, and he doesn’t want to do that either. He’s just a little off right now (okay, a lot) and the Brewers are going to give him a break for a couple games. We love you, Trevor!
Tonight the Padres are playing the Dodgers again. Kevin Correia is going against Clayton Kershaw. We haven’t done that well agaisnt Kershaw this season, but the past is the past.
Let’s get ’em, boys.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
Chase Headley: Baseball America High Class-A All-Star 2006. Baseball America Double-A All-Star 2007. MLB.com Double-A Offensive Player of the Year 2007. Now he’s been in the major leagues for almost two years, and that player that he was in the minor leagues is finally coming out.
We had lost the first game of the series against the Rockies on Monday, so we definitely needed this game. Wade LeBlanc started the game for us, and he was excellent. He went six innings, only allowing two runs and two walks. He was really, really good.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jerry Hairston tripled in Chase Headley, who had singled to start the inning.
The Rockies got their two runs in the top of the fifth, which was disappointing.
I’m a Padres fan, and I always try to keep the faith, because these guys have proved to me over and over again that they will fight hard to win the game no matter what. But I have to admit, things were not looking that great. We left *cringe* 11 runners on base, and were only 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. At one point, we left the bases loaded. Kyle Blanks got thrown out at the plate. We were not getting that clutch hit, and that was a problem.
In the bottom of the eigth, Will Venable got a triple. Jerry Hairston sac-flied him in to tie the game.
Luke Gregerson threw two fantastic innings after Wade left the game. Heath Bell got the top of the ninth, and, for once, he didn’t allow a hit. He did allow a walk, though, so he’s still up to his “I have to make everything interesting” act.
In the bottom of the ninth, it was time to get this game wrapped up. Extra innings are super annoying, and besides, there’s no time like the present. You know how those extra inning-ers go: the longer the game gets, the harder the guys press to get it over and nothing happens for a really long time. Sure, those games are fun sometimes, but they should be avoided at all costs. Thankfully, we did not have to drift into the land of extra innings last night.
Lance Zawadski started off the inning with a walk. Tony Gwynn sac-bunted Lance over to second. David Eckstein, who had been caught stealing earlier in the game, flew out to left field. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked, which was very expected, to try to get to Chase Headley.
Wrong move, buddy.
Chase has been in that situation a lot, and he’s really taken the most advantage of it. Hahahaha when are they ever going to learn? Chase is going to come through for us. Maybe he wouldn’t have last year, but that was then. Now, he’s going to come through and send everyone home happy…everyone except Jim Tracy, that is.
After taking a ball in the dirt, Chase sent a single out to right field that Carlos Gonzalez didn’t even bother to retrieve. Lance scored, and the Padres won the game!!
What a great game of baseball. Amazing pitching, tons of suspense, and some good offense. Unfortunately, the Padres had a lot of little blunders, but at least they were able to win the game.
Besides Chase Headley, there was another player in this game who did extremely well. I’m telling you, this might have been the best pickup of the off-season: Jerry Hairston Jr. He’s been extremely valuable, especially in the field. Absolutely amazing. Shortstop is in good hands while E-Cab’s on the DL. No worries there. Last night he had a hit and drove in two runs.
You know what I realized last night? I realized that Kyle Blanks is not a natual outfield. I think that kind of got lost in the shuffle here. The guy’s a first baseman, and he’s doing an amazing job out there. He’s got zero errors and 30 putouts. I guess I feel like his switch from infield to outfield wasn’t as publicized as Chase’s was. Anyways, keep up the great work out there, Kyle.
Chase is doing amazing, and it’s soooo good to see. We’ve really been needing a guy who can threaten pitchers enough that they don’t walk Adrian to try to get to him. It might take a while to get that into pitcher’s heads, but hopefully Chase keeps that success and really does turn into a threat behind Adrian. He certainly did the job last night.
Very well played game by my boys last night. Let’s win this series tonight!! GO CLAYTON RICHARD!!
GO FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!
Story of the game: Wade LeBlanc.
This guy has been amazing ever since we called him up a few weeks ago. In the three games that he’s started, he’s only allowed one run on 17 hits with 16 strikeouts. Yeah, he’s been good.
Last night, he went 6.1 innings, allowing eight hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out six. I would also like to mention that his ERA is 0.52. 0.52!!!!!!
He even picked a runner off of second.
Not only was he amazingly solid in his pitching, but he turns out to be a bona fide hitter as well!
He went 3-for-3 last night. No joke. He’s now batting a cool .667. Four hits in six at-bats. Yep, that would do it.
When I found out that he had three hits, I was like, no way. That’s just too funny! But man, it’s true. He really helped himself out.
In the bottom of the fourth, we got four runs on four hits. Funny thing is, all of them were singles, The even funnier thing is, all 13 hits in this game were singles. No extra-base hits for these boys. I’d say that this game was the epitome of small ball.
In the bottom of the fifth, we scored five runs. The amazing thing was that we started the inning with seven consecutive singles. Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, Kyle Blanks, Oscar Salazar, Yorvit Torrealba, Wade LeBlanc, and Jerry Hairston Jr. It was soooo cool!! There was really no big blow in the whole game, but we got a bunch of runs the small way.
Let’s take a look at some of the contributions from the lineup last night. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit leadoff, taking the place at shortstop of Everth Cabrera, who is going to go on the DL. Of course, I’m sad that Everth is injured and won’t be able to play for us in a while, but I’m super thankful that we’ve got a solid defender who can replace him. J-Hair is a really, really good player. I think the Hair-Bros are doing better than any of the other Bros combinations that we’ve had.
Anyways, in that leadoff spot, Jerry had two hits and drove in two runs. He also made some ESPN-worthy defensive plays. Man he’s good.
Eck was batting second and drove in a run on one hit. Adrian was batting third, and he was the only one in the starting lineup not to get a hit. He did not have a good night at the plate, but hey, he’s batting .299 and the rest of the team was able to pick him up, so I think he’s good.
Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, and Kyle Blanks each had one hit. Scotty and Blanksie each scored two runs.
It’s the bottom of the lineup that I really want to talk about. Those last three guys, Salazar, Torrealba, and LeBlanc, had the best day of anyone. Salazar and Yorvit each had two hits. Yorvit drove in three runs. And, as we know, Wade had three hits. I love that the bottom of the lineup weren’t easy outs.
Overall, this lineup is extremely solid. I’m looking forward to seeing J-Hair get some more playing time, especially at short. I think he’s going to add a lot as an everyday player.
No Trevor in this game, but I’m sure that he’ll be out there sometime in the next three games. I know that he’s eagar to get out there again and prove that he can still pitch. But at the same time, the only way he’s getting out there is when we’re blowing out the Brewers again and they just want to get him out for some work.
Honestly, though, if we did find ourself in a situation where it’s the bottom of the ninth and we’re losing, I think that we could easily come back against him. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Trevor and miss him like crazy, but the way he’s been pitching…
It would be really ironic if we put T-Gwynn out there against Trevor. Just to rattle him a little bit.
I wish Trevor all the best, and I really do hope that he’ll be able to get out of this funk, but these are my boys now and winning is the priority. If we have to win against Trevor, that’s cool. And you know what, I think it’s even cooler because then the Brewers will be so frustrated with him that they’ll release him and we can pick him up and bring him back where he belongs.
Time for some more domination, boys.
GO FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!
Last year, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter against us. We faced him again last night, and he was almost as good as that. This time, he threw a one-hitter. And the amazing thing is, we won the game.
Mat Latos started the game for us, and he was incredible. He went seven solid innings, giving up nothing but four hits and one walk. Absolutely amazing. Let me tell you something: if we hadn’t had the stunning pitching performances like we’ve had for the past five days, we would not have won those games. Without good pitching, you don’t win. But thankfully, we’ve had incredible pitching. Wow I love these guys.
In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Headley singled (that’s our one hit). He then stole second, and a batter later, Scotty Hairston hit a sac-fly to get him in.
Chase was an essential part of this game. Hey, he’s been an essential part of this winning streak! Last night he stole three bases, got our only hit, and scored our only run. Amazing.
Most times, a very close game like this one was is a lot more intense than a game where the Padres are winning like 17-2. This was a nail-biting, and we had some seriously close calls.
Mike Adams came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and instantly got himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off triple. Gulp.
He got the next guy to ground out to third. Then he got a pop-up to Adrian. Finally, he struck out the last guy he faced. It was scary, man, but Mike got himself into that situation, and it was up to him to get out of it. It was really, really great that he was able to, but Mike? How ’bout you don’t get yourself into that situation next time in the first place? It would make things a lot easier on all of us. Thank you.
Then my boys weren’t able to get any more runs in the bottom of the eighth, which was very scary. Heath Bell cannot handle one-run leads. It just doesn’t work with him. I would really, really appreciate it if you stopped making him go out there with only one run to work with!! It’s just to hard on my heart.
I don’t understand why on earth Heath has to make things so interesting, but for some reason, he does. He got an out, but then he put the tying run on base with a walk. What on earth?? That’s not very logical. Then he allowed a single!! I was freaking out. Thankfully, the runner stopped at third, but now you’ve got runners on first and third with only ONE out!!!
Oh man it was awful. Heath got the next batter to fly out to right field, and the runner at third stayed put. Then, the last batter was super intense. You could tell that Heath was ready to get that guy because he was sticking with his fastball and going right for the strike zone. It went called strike, swinging strike, foul, foul, and finally, swinging strike. After all those fastballs, Heath went with his curve and got John Bowker to go for it. HUGE sigh of relief here.
As I was sitting there watching the game on Gameday, I didn’t want us to lose it. Not only would it be our fifth win in a row, and we would win the series, but we would win a game with only one hit. I think that’s pretty sweet. I was very, very relieved when Mike and Heath were able to get out of those nightmarish innings. You guys can’t do that to me!!!
All that matters though, is that we won the game. We won a game with only one hit. Of course, that’s a terrible thing, because we really need to have more hits as a team, but the story of this game is the pitching. Sanchez and Latos were incredible. Sanchez struck out ten batters. The bullpens were not perfect, but they were able to keep the other team from scoring. Overall, it was an incredible game.
Another thing I’m super excited about is that we’ve moved into first place with these Giants. YES!!! I love it when my boys are #1. I know we were in first place for a while last season, and it didn’t last very long, but it will be very interesting to see how it goes this season. How cool would it be if we stayed in first place for a very long time? I love these boys!!
The series finale against the Giants is going to be this afternoon down at Petco. It’s not a rubber game, because my boys already won the series!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I think it would be amazing if we could sweep this series and take sole possesion of the NL West. Sound good? Let’s do it.
Jon Garland’s pitching, so he really needs to get things together. I will not be happy at all if he blows this game for us. GET IT TOGETHER JON STEVEN GARLAND!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, that’s my boys. Top of the NL West. I’m so proud to be a Padres fan right now, and I’m looking forward to some more amazing baseball.
Okay, so I was shocked that we were able to win two in a row. Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks was amazing! We won 5-0, and it was just a great game. I was thrilled that we finally won our first series of the year. It was about time! I was very happy that we were able to get the series, and I would have been content with that. But my boys weren’t. They wanted to get all three, and guess what? They did!
This is the team who was 3-6 coming into this weekend’s series. They had yet to win a series at all. Things were not clicking for them at all, and then suddenly, they came out and won three games. It’s seriously unbelievable. I’m so amazed at this turnaround!
Sure, it was only one series, but we won all three games in that series. The first game was a huge come-from-behind-walk-off win. The second one was a dominating shutout. And the third…my goodness, that was a game to remember.
Wade LeBlanc was called up on Saturday night to take Chris Young’s start. Speaking of Chris Young, things are not looking good. Sigh.
Wade had an amazing spring and was really impressive. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room for him on the major league team, but he was sent down to Triple-A with the promise that he would be back up in the majors in no time. We hate to see a guy like CY go down so quickly, and Wade was definitely up here faster than he thought he would be. Still, it’s a good thing that we do have guys like Wade who are great pitchers and can come up anytime we need them.
Wade threw five innings, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks, and struck out seven. Talk about an incredible outing, that’s what Wade gave us yesterday. Man, he was sooo good! I think that was the best outing by any starting pitcher so far this season. He’s got a beautiful ERA of 1.80.
The Diamondbacks got a run in the top of the first and another one in the top of the sixth off of Edward Mujica. But in the bottom of the seventh, my boys found their bats.
Scotty Hairston hit a solo homer to start the inning. BANG! We’ve got our first run on the board.
Two outs later, Everth Cabrera singled and stole second. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled, sending Everth home to tie the game. Adrian was intentionally walked, which brought up Chase Headley.
Chase hit the ball way out into left-center field. Jerry and Adrian scored, and the throw from the outfield was caught by nobody. Chase kept chugging around the bases, and with nobody covering home and the baseball somewhere around the mound, he scored the fifth run of the inning. I’d call in an inside-the-park home run, since it’s been a super long time since we had one of those, but it was ruled a double and an error. Oh well. Still, it was an amazing hit and play.
Complete domination. I love that we were able to be at home and sweep the team that took two out of three in our opening series. We seriously dominated, and it was soo much fun to see!
I’d like to talk a little bit about how the NL West is shaping up so far. It’s actually been very interesting to watch all the teams in it, ’cause it’s been very different than the past few years have been.
The Giants have been on top since the season started. They’re 8-4 right now. In the middle, we have the Rockies, Dodgers, and the Padres all at 6-6. Arizona’s at the bottom with a record of 5-7. What has been really interesting to me is that the Dodgers have been matching the Padres almost exactly.
I don’t know how the NL West is going to play out, but as always, it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the season.
I’m so proud of my boys. It was amazing what they were able to do this weekend, and I really really hope that they keep it going!
We’ll be playing the Giants for three games here at home. This could be a crucial series between the two teams. I’m really excited about my boys, and I hope that they are able to keep dominating.
I have a confession to make.
When the Padres were down by three in the fifth inning, I honestly didn’t think that we were going to win the game.
Oh me of little faith. The Padres proved me wrong, and I am very glad that they did.
Jon Garland started the game, but I am becoming more and more unimpressed with him. He’s really really slow and he seems to give up a lot of runs and walks. Last night, I guess you could say that he did okay. But he did get off the hook because we were able to win the game. He went five innings, allowing four hits and three runs with five walks, including the very first batter of the game and one with the bases loaded. Like, what on earth are you doing, right?
Not impressed with this guy at all. He got a no-decision last night, but he’s got a nifty little ERA of 5.40 and has two losses. Whatever happened to the guy who was going to be an inning-eater for us? I’m not liking Jon Garland. He really needs to get things together ASAP.
So, the Diamondbacks got three runs in the top of the third. I didn’t think my boys would be able to come back from that. You want to know why? I think it was because of Thursday’s game. We got behind early and never came close to the Braves. Hey, it happened on Thursday, so why would things be different a day later?
But I forgot that every day is a new game. Just because things were one way in one game doesn’t mean that they’ll be the same in the next. And I shouldn’t have given up on my boys.
When I got up this morning, I thought, “Wouldn’t it just be so funny if the Padres actually won?” A few minutes later, I looked at the front page of the sports section, and sure enough, we actually won!
I don’t know what inning it was, but Chase Headley made a really bad error at third. Since I’m going to be showering him with praises later, I think I can rip into him a little. Or at least lament the departure of Kouz.
Kouz would have made that play. It was one of those that you just groan at as it slips past the fielder. Thankfully, Kyle Blanks was able to get to it and catch the runner at second. But still. That kind of hit should not be getting past our starting third baseman. Chase has definitely been shaky at third so far. He’s already got four errors. You know how many errors Kouz had last year in the entire season? Three. That’s right. In the ENTIRE season. Sigh. I want my boy back 😦
So, strange as it seems, Chase has got a lot to live up to at San Diego’s third base. He’s in the shadow of an amazing fielder, who was honored by the Hall of Fame itself because of his stunning defense. And, I won’t approve of anything less than the caliber of Kouz at our third base. Chase is not going to get any praise from me about his defense, ’cause he’s got quite the shoes to fill. He’s still got to prove himself there.
Okay, enough ripping into Chase. I’d really like to praise Kyle Blanks now. Do you know what he did? He threw out two runners who were trying to stretch a single into a double. TWO!! That’s just so cool. And now people will be more hesitant to run wildly on our outfield. Great job, Kyle!!
In the bottom of the seventh, Nick Hundley grounded out to drive in our first run (finally). In the bottom of the eighth, Kyle Blanks walked with the bases loaded, which drove in our second run.
Then came the bottom of the ninth. One last chance for us to come back and win the game.
Nick Hundley started it off with a walk, then was sacrificed over to second by Jerry Hairston Jr. An out later, David Eckstein, who had three hits on the night, double Nick in to tie the game. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. That brought up Chase Headley.
Walk-off three-run homer. So sweet.
Here’s the part where I get to shower Chase with praise. I do have to say, he really redeemed himself at the end there. It was a no-doubt-about-it, and I think everyone was really happy that the game was finished right there and then. I really hope that we don’t have to have too much of this extra inning stuff this year.
Chase has really been on fire with the bat all spring. Even in Spring Training he was doing great. I’m very glad to see that it’s carried over to the regular season. So far he’s batting a cool .381 with 16 hits. He’s definitely looking great at the plate, and I’m so thrilled at how well he’s doing. I still want Kouz though.
Well, how ’bout my boys? They fought back last night after being shut down for most of the game. They were able to pull off a huge win. Our record is now 4-6, but it’s early in the season. We’ve got a long way to go, starting tonight against the Diamondbacks.
Kevin Correia is starting against Kris Benson.
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Yesterday was a great day for Padres fans and all of San Diego. It was Opening Day, it was raining (sort of), and it was so much fun that I could be laughing my head off right now if I really wanted to. Because my Padres, at Petco Park, that pitcher’s park as it’s so often called, scored 17 runs. 17. Yeah, you read that right.
The start of the season on the road wasn’t that great, and definitely not what I was expecting. But then, once we get home in front of a home crowd of 42,843, things really turned on. I think the boys were a little frustrated about their start and everything really came out yesterday.
To start it off, Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem and Phillip Rivers threw out the first pitch. I’ve heard a lot of theories that one or both of these people sparked out offensive bombing.
Then, as I talked about in yesterday’s entry, Kevin Correia went out there and threw amazingly solid. If he hadn’t been on his game like he was yesterday, things would not have been as pretty. But as it was, he was incredible. He threw 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs, two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Doesn’t look like much, but he was solid.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, we had already scored a run on a Nick Hundley single in the second. But in that fourth inning, things really clicked for the Padres as they sent the Braves’ pitchers down the drain.
It all started with a Chase Headley double, a Will Venable single (then steal of second), and a Nick Hundley walk. I was very excited because we had bases loaded with NO outs, and we just had to get some runs in that inning. If only I’d known.
After that, T-Gwynn walked to drive in our second run. Up next was Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher, and guess what he did? He hit a two-run single!! I was laughing, it was so funny. I mean, you wouldn’t expect the pitcher to come up and actually help himself out, but that’s what happened!
Kyle Blanks doubled in two guys, and then Chase Headley singled in Kyle. Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Kevin Correia finally ended the inning by striking out. All in all, we scored ten runs and got seven hits in that fourth inning. And it was only the fourth inning!
In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer. It was about this time when I realized that Will Venable had had three hit so far in the game: a single, a triple, and a home run. And then I started getting really excited. Like breathing-hard-overwhelmed-with-excitedness excited. Like it could be actually possible that the Padres would get their first ever cycle.
Well, it didn’t happen. Turns out that both Will and Kyle were one hit away at the end, and neither of them got it. But that’s okay. I know (at least I’m hoping) that we will hit for a cycle someday. Even though it’s already been 40 years and it hasn’t happened. It will.
Even though they didn’t reach that goal, they both had incredible nights at the plate. Kyle Blanks had three hits and drove in five runs. Will had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored four runs. Other standouts in this game are David Eckstein, who had three hits, and Chase Headley and Nick Hundley, who each had two hits.
Overall, it was an incredible game. We were 10-for-17 with runners in scoring positon. And hey, we had 19 hits and 17 runs. IT WAS SUCH A SWEET GAME!!!
Another thing that was super exciting for me was when the Latest Leaders list for MLBlogs came out yesterday. I’m #10 on the list!!!
I’m sooooo excited!!! It was totally unexpected and completely uplifting. I’ve been blogging here for almost two years now, and the closest I’d ever been to the top of the list was #15. I’ve always been okay with wherever I was on the list, but it’s just really cool to know that people are reading my stuff and enjoying it too!
I know that I owe big thanks to a few people whose influence is definitely part of this ranking. Gaslamp Ball has been linking my entries on their blog for a while now, and I know that that’s helped me a lot. Thanks so much guys!! RJ’s Fro has also been linking by entries, and I know that that’s had a lot of influence too. I am so grateful to you guys! Thanks so much!!
Thank you also to websites that I’m not aware of who are linking my blog. It always excites me to discover you guys, and thanks so much!
And a HUGE thank you to all my readers. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t even have a purpose for blogging here. Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today. I have a blast doing this, and I hope you love reading and I much as I love putting all this together. THANK YOU!!!!!
The Padres have an off-day in the middle of the series, which is a little odd, but I guess they deserve it after that amazing game yesterday. Man, we scored 17 runs!! So cool.
That’s my boys.
In the very first game of the season, with all these expectations and hopes riding on them, the Padres played a really bad game.
I guess it wasn’t really all their fault. After all, Dan Haren was completely dominant. So, what went wrong?
First of all, Jon Garland was not that sharp. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, plus he threw about 30 pitches in that one inning alone. It was not good. You could just tell that it was going to be a loooong game from the start. As we all know, if you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. And yesterday, Garland was just not on top of things.
Second, our defense was blundering all over the place. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was not the team we’ve been watching all spring. This game makes me want to cry! There’s one statement I can make that describes how bad our defense was yesterday: Jon Garland allowed six runs – only two were earned.
Isn’t that awful? I mean, ugh. Awful awful awful. But unfortunately, that’s not the end of it. A couple of those runs came on a two-run inside the park home run by Justin Upton. The outfield looked completely helpless. They were running around, trying to get the ball, and they couldn’t even get a throw into the outfield. I hate seeing my boys so helpless like that. It was horrible.
There were quite a few positives, though. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, a double and his first home run of the season. Chase Headley also had two hits. Kyle Blanks had our other hit. pades.com points out something pretty sad: “And those go-go Padres, who were a hit in Spring Training with their assertiveness on the bases? It’s hard to steal first base, as the joke goes. The Padres had three baserunners in the first eight innings.”
Okay, I know that it’s only the first game of the season, and we’ve got a looooong way to go. But we made a lot of stupid mistakes yesterday, and we shouldn’t have. It always stinks to lose, but especially on Opening Day.
But we did fight back. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks hit back-to-back homers. That was good. But too short.
It’s too bad that it had to happen on Opening Day, but this is one of the games that you have to forget. I remember last year on Opening Day Jake Peavy started and was not good at all. We lost the game 4-1 against the Dodgers. I was not happy about that at all, but I had to put it behind me and just look forward to the next game. So that’s what I’m going to do today. We’ve got Chris Young going for us, and we’re not going against Dan Haren. Things are looking better already.
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Last night the Padres wrapped up their four game series with the Pirates by sending Wade LeBlanc to the mound against Daniel McCutchen.
Both teams had not hit a home run for the whole series, but that changed when Adrian Gonzalez came up in the top of the first. With a runner on, he hit his 39th homer of the season to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. With every home run that he hits, Adrian makes a new career high. I definitely think he’s going to have at least 40 this year. Wow.
The Pirates have been worthy opponents this weekend. It was surprising, but it was pretty cool. They’ve got a lot of great young players right now, and maybe the Pirates will be a good team soon. Last night, they cut our lead in half right away on a solo homer by Garrett Jones in the bottom of the first.
Wade LeBlanc threw very well. He only went five innings, but he only allowed one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. He was very solid, especially compared to earlier in the year!! YAY WADE!!
The Padres got a run in the third. The Pirates got a run in the sixth.
The Padres had a great eigth inning. Chase Headley led it off with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer to give us a 6-2 lead.
Unfortunately, the Pirates came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs off Luke Gregerson, who has been so solid lately!! I guess that’s just baseball.
So, we were still clinging to our 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Heath Bell came in. And you know what happens when Heath has only a one-run lead. Yep, he gives it up. He got the bases loaded with no outs! Thankfully, he only allowed one run to tie.
We went to extra innings. Neither team got anything in the tenth, but the Padres got plenty in the 11th, that’s for sure.
Everth Cabrera singled, Eck sacrificed him over, and Adrian was intentionally walked. Then Chase Headley doubled, driving in Everth. Will Venable was intentionally walked to get to Oscar Salazar, which I do not get at all. It was a very bad move, as Salazar doubled in Adrian and Chase.
After a pitching change, Nick sac-flied in one, and T. Gwynn singed in our 11th run of the game.
Adam Russell took the bottom of the inning, and we won 11-6!! It was such an amazing game. The Pirates were really in it, but we took three out of four. Oh yeah!
Chase Headley had an incredible night. He had five hits, all from the left side, and drove in two runs.
What a great series for the Padres. Now I think we’re ready to go play in the freezing cold Colorado for three games!!
As you know, Kouz has been out for quite a while with the calf problem. He was hoping to be back in last night, but something came up. I’ll let the clip in the Union Tribune tell the story:
It’s always something …
“My calf feels great,” third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff told Black Monday afternoon, “but I tweaked my back.”
Kouzmanoff, who was hoping to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday with a sufficiently recovered strain of his left calf, was more embarrassed than pained to report his latest injury. Evidently, he hurt himself when going back to sit in the chair in front of his locker at PNC Park, but the chair wasn’t there and he went straight to the floor on his backside.
Black said he thinks the tweaked back is not serious enough to keep Kouzmanoff from playing in Colorado.
Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read this!! That’s just hilarious. At first I was like, oh no, not his back!! But then I realized that probably isn’t the chronic back problem that he has. Man, soooo funny!! Kouz is amazing 🙂
Yeah, so the Padres are ready to go play spoiler in Colorado. But it’s going to be soooo cold. I feel so bad for all the guys who have to play in weather like that! Well, hopefully they will be able to keep hot 🙂
Edward Mujica is pitching tonight.