The Padres beat the Dodgers 6-0 in an essential game in Dodger Stadium last night.
Clayton Richard threw his first career shutout and outfielder Ryan Ludwick drove in four runs as the Padres stayed 0.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West.
It was such a sweet game! I was so happy with Clayton’s performance. He did seem to be allowing quite a few of runners, but man, he threw a shutout, so I guess he did fine. He allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out six. But seriously, we needed that outing. Not only did he just throw a great game, he allowed a well-deserved rest for the bullpen. Hopefully with a couple days off, these guys will be rested and ready to get out there and hold down everyone for the next 12 games.
12 games. Can you believe that? I absolutely cannot. It seems like the season just started! It’s unbelievable to me that we only have 12 games left in the regular season. Insane. That just goes to show how much fun we’ve been having…the time flew by.
We’ve come so far this season. Nobody expected these boys to be on top of the NL West period, much less for almost the entire season. No one expected them to be in the playoffs, but that’s where they’re headed.
I kind of wish we were like the Minnesota Twins right now. They clinched last night. But the NL West is probably not going to be decided until like the last series. How exciting would that be to clinch against the Giants? Take over the division and then win it. Oh boy. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do it before then, but man…take about tension and excitement. That would be crazy.
We really needed that win last night, and I’m so glad we were able to find our bats and get it. Even better was that I got free pancakes at Denny’s this morning because the Padres scored six runs. Check it out. http://xx1090sandiego.com/pages/dennys. It’s pretty sweet.
I am very disappointed in the Chicago Cubs, though. Last night they lost 1-0 to the Giants. Somehow they could not get one stinking run across the board, much less two to beat SF. They’d better get their game on tonight and BEAT THOSE GIANTS!!!
Starting Friday is “San Diego Padres Week.” Seriously. It’s official and everything. I’m so excited about it 🙂 🙂
Tim Stauffer is pitching against Ted Lilly tonight. Let’s do this.
GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!!!! BEAT LA!!!! GO CUBS!!!!!
I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO BE CRAZY!!!!!!
Seriously, last night’s game was a nightmare. I could not believe it. I was madder than I’ve been all year. I’m glad that you all couldn’t hear me, ’cause it was pretty ugly. I’ve never screamed at my computer so much in my life.
I’m not very happy with Mat Latos right now. I mean, goodness, he picked a great time of the season to suddenly have this huge meltdown. We NEED him right now. We need him to be that dominating CY Young candidate he was a few weeks ago.
Well anyways, I was like, this is absolutely ridiculous. It’s 8-2 in the bottom of the second. I was soooo upset, but man, we still had seven whole innings left. Unfortunately, the pitching totally imploded and the final score was 14-4. We didn’t even have a chance.
So there’s another problem: the pitching. It’s been incredibly dominant all season and we CANNOT LOSE IT NOW. If we don’t have our solid bullpen, we’re done. There’s no way we can win without our pitching.
We wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the kind of pitching we had all year. But now I’m really worried. Of course, we take things one game at a time, and today’s game is really worrying me. We’ve got Chris Young starting, right? He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April, and he’s coming off of a pretty major injury. I don’t think he’ll be able to go more than five innings, maybe 80-90 pitches. Even if he was pitching incredibly, I don’t think the pitching staff would risk him getting injured again.
So say he comes out in the fifth. That leaves four full innings that the bullpen has to take care of. Last night we used Latos, Correia, LeBlanc, and Mujica, so the rest of the guys should be well rested, but still. We absolutely need to win this game today, and those guys are going to have to hold it together.
Though last night’s game was a huge blow to the team and to the fans, we really got of easy. It was absolutely amazing to look at the standings this morning and to see that we still only .5 games behind. What a relief!! We are totally still in this thing, and though it’s been crazy, I think we’re still going to win the West.
HUGE thanks to Randy Wolf of the Brewers. I don’t know what we would have done without him. He threw an incredible game against the Giants last night: nine innings, three hits, no runs, six strikeouts. Wow. Thank you thank you thank you Randy!!!!
Guys, we need this game. I just cannot emphasize how much we need to win this game. We need to get back in first place where we belong. I know you can do it. My goodness, you’ve been proving it to us all year. Get out there, get some big hits, and win. Simple as that.
I love you guys so much.
GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
I do not appreciate being shoved out of first place. It’s rather rude of the Giants to do such a thing to us. After all, we’ve been leading practically all year. We cannot and will not let it slip out of our hands now.
But man, I’ve got to give credit to the guys for the amazing job they’ve done this season. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Padres team quite like this and they’ve been so much fun to watch. Though we’ve lost first place for the day, I have the ultimate confidence in my boys. They’re not going to let the Giants take over first place, not after all this time.
We’ve got three more games against the Cards. Starting pitchers: Mat Latos, CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!, and Jon Garland. Look good? The Cardinals have always had our number, but they’re seven games behind the Reds in the NL Central. As long as our pitching holds things together, I think we can get these next three games.
Mat Latos wasn’t the greatest last time out, but he’s been so amazing all season, I have no doubt that he’ll bounce back and pitch an incredible game tonight.
Then CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!!!! is pitching on Saturday!!!!!!! I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! It seems like forever since he’s been okay to pitch. I hate how hurt he’s been, it’s so sad!! I’m just so happy that he’ll be able to help us out during the stretch. On Saturday, I don’t think we can expect any more than five solid innings, so the bullpen will have to be seriously on their game. But I mean, wow, it’ll just be amazing to have Chris pitching in a major league game. Welcome back, Chris. You have been missed.
Being in second place stinks, but seriously, we’ll get out of this. After St. Louis, we’re going to LA to face the Dodgers. They’re 11 games behind, and five games away from being eliminated. Plus, they totally failed on beating the Giants. If they can’t beat the Giants, they can’t beat us. We’re really, really going to need that series.
Can you believe that after this Cardinals series, there are only going to be FOUR more series in the regular season? Talk about coming down to the wire. Oh my goodness. The next few weeks are going to be CRAAAAZY.
We’ve got 16 games to get back our first-place lead and hold it. I sure hope you guys are all buckled in, because this is going to be one crazy ride.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!
Well, here we are again. Forced to share first place with the Giants. It’s not pleasant, but I guess if we have to endure it for a day, then there’s not much we can do about it.
Not only that, but the Rockies, who we are playing tonight, have come out of nowhere and are now only 1.5 games behind!! No one said this would be easy, I guess.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much, much rather have a very safe lead than a very unsafe lead. Maybe some of you like all this crazy drama stuff, but this is too nerve-wracking for me. I guess it does make things interesting.
What a bizarre situation we’ve gotten ourselves into! Our biggest rivals for most of the season come into our house and take three out of four, tying themselves with us for first place. Then, the day after, we go to Colorado who is right behind us at 1.5 games!!! It’s just way too crazy. Just saying, we’d better get out of this ASAP.
Even though this situation is ridiculously crazy, I am not giving up on my boys. They dug this hole for themselves and they’re the ones who are going to get out of it, but I’m going to be there to support them all along the way. They’re scaring me like crazy, but I’m sticking with them.
I believe that we’ll be able to get out of this little jam. I’m not exactly sure how, but I think they’ll be able to do. We’ve come so far. We can’t give up now.
Needless to say, tonight is a MUST WIN GAME. The Giants are idle, and the Rockies must be beaten. The San Diego First-Place Padres need a win.
Guys, please. Pitching, hold down their hitters. Hitters, for goodness sakes, find your bats already. Defense, you know what you need to do. Let’s get back together and get a win. We need it!!!
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!!!