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We’re BACK!!

Yeah, that’s right, Dodgers. Thought you were safe in that first-place lead did you? Thought maybe you were going to stick up there? No way! Not on my watch!! That’s right, my Padres are back and they are not going to give up until they have complete and utter possesion of first place. So there.

Last night’s game was great! I am so glad that we’re back home. In our last ten games, we are 5-5. In fact, we were on a one-game losing streak going into last night’s game. It was a huge relief to get off of that, as I’m sure you understand.

I think the theme of this game is that the boys never give up. These Padres don’t give up. They just don’t. I was distractedly listening to the game last night, not even knowing what inning it was, and I thought, are the boys able to come back and win this thing? Do they have what it takes to overcome a one-run deficit? Well, I’m here to tell you that they can and they will.

Kevin Correia started this game and pitched very well. I was impressed. He went six innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. He was really good. I’m telling you, our pitching is perfect.

The Padres actually scored first on a single, a triple, a ground out, and a single. That gave us a two-run lead.

Then the Mariners got three runs. That wasn’t good. But at least we got first blood.

In the bottom of the ninth, we got down to business. Will Venable singled, Eck sacrificed him over, and Chase was hit by pitch. Then Adrian came up and doubled in Will. So sweet. Scotty “Walkoff” Hairston was intentionally walked, which set up things for Nick Hundley.

My goodness Nick has been hot. I love that dude. In fact, he was so hot that he drove in our winning run with a sac-fly. We’ve seen a lot of weird walk-offs before, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen one quite like that before. Good job, Nick!!

See? We did it. We came back and won the game and we put ourselves back in first place. Big thanks to the Dodgers for losing last night.

I was also very excited that we won this game because we’re back in Interleague again. And as you all know, I HATE interleague. Mostly because the Padres have always been HORRIBLE in interleague. That thing used to literally kill our season. But thankfully, the boys are going to dominate this year and not totally drown under the almighty American League teams. We are 3-1 in interleague. Amazing.

Lance Zawadzki didn’t play at all last night 😦 Me sad. But he did get a start on Thursday, and uh…lowered his average to .207. Hmm.

We are now back in first place, and if I have anything to say about it, we are there to stay. Ahh. It’s so good to be back.

GO FIRST-PLACE-TIED PADRES!!!!! 

Weekend Split

The series over the weekend against the Phillies was great! We lost the first two games, which was not good, but we won the next two to split the series.

Talk about Adrian Gonzalez. I mean, it’s scary to think about how good he would be if he wasn’t stuck in Petco Park. Not that he can’t hit at Petco, but it seems like he catches fire on the road, especially at hitter’s parks. Over the weekend, he had seven hits, including three home runs, two of them in last night’s game. He’s scary good.

Another amazing part of this series was Wade LeBlanc’s performance last night. He went seven innings, allowing four hits and no runs. Oh my goodness he was good. I’m so psyched at our pitching right now. We’ve got some amazing dudes going out there day after day and pitching great games. Let me tell you, it’s so true that without pitching, you don’t win. But we do have pitching, and I know it’s a huge part of why we are still in first place in the NL West.

Scotty Hairston also had a home run last night. I am sooo happy that he’s back.

The weekend series was great. We’ve still got a half a game lead over the Dodgers. Now we’re going to play the Mets for three games before we get to come home. 

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!  

These Boys Are For Real

adrianwalkoffgrandslam.jpgWhat an exciting game. What an exciting series. What an exciting homestand. What an exciting season!

If anyone still doesn’t believe in this team, I don’t know if they ever will. If you don’t believe in this team now, I don’t see how they can do anything less of winning the World Series to get you to say that hey, these guys are for real.

I know that as San Diegians, we’ve been let down time and time before. I understand your hesitation to be quick to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s safe. Trust me. I’ve been on the bandwagon for a long time and we’ve yet to get stuck in the mud. How can you watch this team and have any doubts that they’re for real?

Yesterday’s game was beautiful. First of all, you’ve got a pitching matchup between Clayton Richard and Johan Santana. It was quite the pitcher’s duel. Santana went seven innings, allowing nothing but five hits and five walks. Richard, on the other hand, did allow a run but only four hits and four walks.

That was basically the story, all the way until the bottom of the ninth. You know, it might have seemed like the Padres weren’t going to do anything the whole game, but they don’t just give up then. If you start giving up, hang around just a little bit longer. Maybe they’ll surprise you.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out and a two-strike count, David Eckstein drove in the tying run. See? Told ya they’d surprise you.

The game went into the extra innings. Both bullpens were solid. Then we got to the bottom of the 11th, which was the big inning of this game.

Tony Gwynn led off with a double. Jon Garland, pinch-hitting, got a bunt down that got Tony out at third. Garland to first.

Jerry Hairston singled, and then Eck got hit-by-pitch to load the bases. That brought up Adrian Gonzalez.

Adrian’s really been heating up over the past week or so. Before that at-bat in the 11th, he had two singles and a triple.

Adrian took a ball, a strike, and a grand slam. Yep, he just sent that ball out to left to win the game, 5-1. It was SOOOO COOL!!!!

adriangrandslam.jpgWhat made it even more cool was that we got TWO grand slams in one series. That is just too sweet.

I am so glad that we won this series. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the pitching match-up tomorrow: Mat Latos vs. Roy Halladay. It’s going to be so good.

I just have to say a few things about the horrible call by Jim Joyce last night in Armando Galarraga’s almost perfect game. Obviously, it was one of the most terrible calls we’ve had in a long time. The guy completely ruined the highlight of Galarraga’s career. But you see how incredibly remorseful he is about it. He knows. He knows that the guy was out. And he is deeply, deeply sorry about it. I bet he didn’t sleep at all last night, and it looks like he’s been crying for all that time. Sure, it was a terrible call, but there’s nothing he or anyone else can do about it. What Joyce really needs right now is not haters but forgivers. Think about it.

The Latest Leaders list on MLBlogs for the month of May is out, and I’m #11!! Thank you guys sooo much for your readership and support. I could not do it without you. Thank you!!

Jump on the bandwagon, people. These boys are for real. Nothing’s going to stop them.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!

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Grand Slam Domination

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.

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hairgrandslam.jpgIn the bottom of the third, Adrian and Chase led off the inning with singles. Nick Hundley, who’s been amazingly hot lately, hit a double to drive both of those guys in.

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.

luisdurango.jpgOn the other side, Kevin Correia was having a fairly good game. He ended up going six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Not the best, but thankfully, his offense was well-ahead of him.

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.

lancediving.jpgAfter K-Cor left, the bullpen did great. Ryan Webb, Sean Gallagher, and Joe Thatcher held on to that lead (haha) and didn’t allow any runs.

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!!   

Missing Kouz

kouzas.jpgKevin Kouzmanoff has been gone from the Padres for about four months. I haven’t really dedicated an entry to him at all since the season started, so I’d like to update you all on how he’s been doing over with the A’s.

First of all, I really miss him. I think I would probably miss him even more if my Padres weren’t doing so well. I mean, if we were down in the cellar, I would be a lot more upset. So far, the Padres have been playing so well that I haven’t really had time to think about my baby. But I still miss him like crazy.

On Friday, I’m going to my first game of the year, which also marks my first Padres game since Kouz got traded. It’s going to be very sad not to have him there. I LOVE going to games, but I was always extra excited about it because I would get to see Kouz. It’s going to be very sad without him there.

Kouz has been doing very well with Oakland. I’m just really glad that he didn’t leave and then completely bomb like some other people who left San Diego did (*cough Trevor and Jake cough*). 

Right now he’s hitting .265 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. But on the defensive side, he already has four errors. Last year he had three total. I think he’s really provided a lot to Oakland, and for that I’m thankful.

I think I would also miss him a lot more if Chase was a total bust at third for us. But as it is, he’s been pretty decent, and I’m thankful for that too.

I do miss him a lot though. It’s so sad that he had to leave. But no matter what, this dude will always be my number one favorite baseball player. I’m going to be out there on Friday night with my special Kouzmanoff jersey, and maybe I’ll even break out a picture of Kouz to put on my sleeve. I know that it’s going to be a special night. Since we’re playing against the Nationals, I’m really hoping that we’ll get a big win. The Nationals actually aren’t doing too bad this season, but still.

But first, we’ve got the Cardinals to deal with. I think this is going to be a huge series. By the way, I’m really really glad that we were able to come back and win the series over the weekend over the Mariners. We like NEVER win a series against the Mariners, or any Interleague games for that matter, so I was really, really glad we were able to get that. Plus, we got our one-run first-place lead back, so we’re good. But the Cards are going to be an extremely tough team to beat. I think. Looking at the records alone, we are actually very close. It’s going to be a very well-matched series, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top. Hopefully, it will be my Padres!

I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great week of Padres baseball.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!

Domination!!

yorvitandheath.jpgWe won an absolutely great game last night! I was very relieved that we didn’t continue that atrocious thing they were doing over the weekend (*cough losing cough*). Not only did we win the game, but we got a little more breathing room in our NL West lead!

Clayton Richard threw seven solid innings: three hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts. Great, great outing.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth homer of the season. Chase Headley singled in a run. And guess what Kyle Blanks did for us? He got hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. Beautiful, Blanksie. Hey, if he can’t do anything with the bat, might as well do whatever he can.

Chase and David Eckstein had two hits each on the night. Mike Adams and Heath Bell had good outings, but they both had to work themselves out of some jams that they got themselves into in the first place.

There were a lot of big things about this game, but another one of them was that we have now won seven games against the Giants this season…out of seven games. YES! That’s what I call complete domination!! Let’s make it eight tonight.

Speaking of tonight, Mat Latos is pitching. AHHHHH!! This guy is seriously becoming one of my favorites. He’s young, he’s cute, not to mention that he’s an AMAZING pitcher! Last week’s outing was sooo cool, I can’t wait to see what’s he’s going to do for an encore. It’s going to be goood.

The Latest Leaders list for the month of April just came out, and this blog is #11!! I want to thank all of you guys sooo much for reading consistently. I absolutely love doing this, and it’s so cool to know that other people enjoy reading. THANK YOU!!

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!

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Extending The Lead…

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT OUR RECORD LATELY???

For some reason, I haven’t thought to look at it for a really long time. So when I finally noticed it this morning, I was shocked. We’re 21-12!!!! How amazing is that? That’s soooo cool!!!

The first game of this series against the Giants went pretty well. We did leave a ton of runners on base, which was not good, but thankfully the pitching was amazingly solid and we were able to win the game 3-2. That gave us a 1 1/2 game lead over the Giants.

Then last night, Clayton Richard went out there against Matt Cain. Someone said something on the postgame show last night that made me laugh. I think he said something to the effect that we knew we were going to have a tough time going up against Cain. Are you kidding me? We’ve always dominated this guy, especially at Petco. He’s no problem for us at all. I’m very thankful that we don’t have to face Tim Lincecum in this series, but even if we had to, I have absolutely no doubt that we would be able to win that game against him.

I mean, we really threw Cain off of his game. He threw 114 pitches in 6.2 innings, and only 65 of those pitches were strikes.

Meanwhile, Clayton threw seven innings of seven-hit two-run ball. Matt Cain walked six. Clayton walked two.

In the top of the second, we got two runs: Yorvit Torrealba singled in a run, and then Clayton hit a sac-fly.

The Giants got those runs right back in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fourth, Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled in a run. Torrealba drove in another run in the sixth, and Scotty sac-flied our fifth run in the seventh.

Mike Adams took an inning, and then Heath Bell came in to get his tenth save of the season. We won the game 5-2, which means that we won the series, which means that we’ve extended our lead over the Giants to 2 1/2 games.

Like I said, this was a must-win series, and what do you know, we’ve won it. Amazing effort by these guys. They’re amazing!!

We stole four bases last night, which extended our season total to 44. Still leading the Major Leagues. On that note, did you know that our 21-12 record is the best in the National League? Pretty amazing.

It is so much fun to watch this team! We’ve been on this roll for quite a while, and I’m starting to think that it’s going to last. I mean, who knows, we’ve got a ton of season left. But can you blame me if I’m starting to think about October already?

Okay, I’ll try to keep those thoughts down for now. We do have a long way to go, and a lot can happen in that time. Let’s just enjoy this amazing time here and now. Take it one game at a time.

WE’RE NUMBER ONE!!!

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!! 

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