Kouz to the big leagues!
Kouz has now been called up to the Rockies!!! Yay!!!! I’m really, really happy for my boy. It’s good to see that he’s going to finally get back in the majors. And guess what? We’re playing the Rockies next weekend at home. Oooohhh…an idea comes to mind. I need to go!
ANYWAY, the Padres won last night! It was so great. Gotta love beating the Giants. We won 7-5. The Giants tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, but thankfully, we got two runs in the top of the ninth, and Heath Bell got the save.
Speaking of which. Heath Bell got placed on waivers yesterday, and the Giants claimed him today. I don’t think he’ll actually go over to them, but it would be kind of funny. No, not really. I love having Heath here. It would be really sad if he went away.
Tim Stauffer against Tim Lincecum tonight.
Stifled by Lincecum
Yesterday’s game did not go well, and it was for one reason and one reason only: Tim Lincecum.
That guy is so weird, but man, he’s effective. He completely held us down. He threw seven innings, only allowing one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts. We had no chance.
Coincidentally, the person we did get to was closer Brian Wilson in the bottom of the ninth. I guess he gets an excuse because he literally just got off the disabled list, but still.
With one out, Alberto Gonzalez singled and Orlando Hudson walked. Brad Hawpe finally got his first hit as a Padre with a RBI single. After a pitching change, Chase Headley doubled in Hudson and Hawpe. That was our rally. We kind of ended the game with the bases loaded, which stinks. It was good that we did rally a little, but it’s always such a letdown when you could have done more. Oh well.
So, we lost to the Giants 8-4. It was okay because it was only a two-game series, so we got the split. Let’s just hope that we never have to face Lincecum again this season.
Nick Hundley hit a huge home run against Lincecum. That guy has been soooo hot. He didn’t get hits in his other two at-bats, though, bringing down his average to .500. Ha. In comparison, the rest of yesterday’s starting lineup was batting under .200 except for Chase Headley who brought his average up in the game when he went 2-for-4.
Tim Stauffer didn’t do so great. He went only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Then each and every one of the next five relievers except Chad Qualls allowed at least one run. Sigh.
Today the MLBlogs.com Latest Leaders for the month of March came out. This blog is #5!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much. This is my fifth season of being a Padres fan, and the start of my third season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. Wow, it’s crazy how fast time goes by! Looking forward to an excellent season of Padres baseball 🙂
Well, now we get to face the Dodgers for three games this weekend. That’s going to be super fun. Hopefully we can get at least two out of three.
I hate the offseason.
It’s been so sad without Padres baseball. I couldn’t even watch the playoffs with more than a passing interest because the Padres weren’t in it. I am extremely mad that the Giants won the World Series!!!!! It is just so wrong. When you think about the fact that the Padres were in first place like 97% of the season, and the Giants just came out of nowhere and snatched the NL West from us right at the last second…oh my goodness. It just drives me nuts. Even worse that the Giants won the whole thing. Man, that was our spot. We were the ones who should have been there. Oh man it is so frustrating and heartbreaking.
But anyways, things have been pretty sad around here after the World Series ended. Chris Young, after five years with the Padres, has become a free agent and the Padres aren’t showing too much interest in getting him back. I love Chris so much!
Even though he’s been of little use to us in the past few years, I still feel like he’s one of the all-time Padres. He’s been here so super long, and when he was good, he really did have a big impact on our club. Thank you so much for all the great times, Chris, and no matter where you go, I hope you’ll be able to play the game you love.
Also, Yorvit Torrealba had become a free agent, and will not come back because he wants a multi-year contract and the Padres are not going to give him that. I can’t help but think that this is seriously going to hurt us next year. Yorvit was such an essential part of our success this year. I honestly don’t think we would have gotten close as we had without him.
Plus, our catching situation has not been that great at all. Sure, we’ve got Nick Hundley, but he’s been up here for a few years, and not much to show for it. I don’t trust him as an everyday catcher, mostly because of his offense. I know that catchers aren’t supposed to be that great offensively, but still. Nick is really going to have to step it up.
Hopefully the Padres will be able to pick up a good catcher for the season though. But I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of tired of the whole pick-up-a-veteran-catcher-for-one-year thing. I think it’s about time we find a guy who can be a long-time catcher for us. I think the pitchers deserve to have a guy will be consistently there from year to year instead of having to get to know a new guy every single season.
Jon Garland has also filed for free agency. I believe that Jerry Hairston Jr., too has become a free agent, but he’s very interested in returning to the Padres.
I have a feeling that there’s going to be a lot of change to this Padre team over the offseason. Hopefully it won’t be too bad, but still.
We also picked up Adrian Gonzalez’ option for 2011, but Jed Hoyer said that he will most likely become a free agent after 2011. Sigh.
Well, one super fun thing that I’ve done this offseason was attending “Unashamed: The Movement” in Long Beach. It’s a group of Christian rappers who are touring the United States right now, including Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, and Sho Baraka. It was an amazingly fun concert for me because Lecrae is one of my all-time favorite artists ever. (yes, I know that’s redundant) Seriously, if they come to your town, go see them. It is an incredible concert and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Check out the details here: http://www.reachrecords.com/unashamed/
I can’t wait for Padres baseball to start.
Remember Your Fanhood!!
Man, it’s tough not being in the playoffs. I don’t like it when I don’t have any motivation to follow the postseason except to see that the Giants get knocked out of there.
READ THIS: http://rjsfro.com/2010-articles/october/fandomchangeplayoffs.html Must-read postseason article for all Padres fans. Whatever you do, don’t cheer for the Giants. Please. That’s just wrong.
We are PADRES fans. That means that we cheer for our team NO MATTER WHAT, even if they’re not even playing anymore. After all the believing and cheering during the season, you cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT, turn around and cheer for the team that detroyed your amazing season. Don’t think that the Padres aren’t watching. They’ve got the Santa thing going with the nautghty and nice list, except it’s more like the faithful and the unfaithful list. Just because the Padres are done playing doesn’t mean that your obligations as a fan are over. Fanhood doesn’t have a contract, but if it did, I’m sure there would be a clause obligating you to cheer for your team constantly. You can’t get out of the contract.
But fanhood shouldn’t have to be an obligation. It shouldn’t be something that you HAVE to do. If you really love your team, you’re just not going to cheer for the Giants because you hate them for what they did to us. It just comes naturally out of your love and heartbreak for your team.
Fanhood is a very special thing. And it’s unique for each fan. Maybe you feel okay cheering for the Giants. I don’t know how you could rationalize that, but maybe you can and you’re okay with that. But for a lot of us, we just can’t do that. We can’t cheer for the Giants. They were pests all season and the last straw was shoving us out of our rightful spot in first place. It would be going against everything I fought for as a fan to cheer for the Giants now. I won’t do it.
I can’t wait for my Padres to get into the playoffs. I can’t wait for the start of next season!! I miss Padres baseball soo much 😦 It’s so sad not to have it around.
SWEEP!!! WE SWEPT THE PIRATES!!!
Okay, so it wasn’t that surprising, but it was a lot of fun to get all three games. Especially right before this Giants series, but more on that later.
I got to attend the game yesterday, which was a blast. That was my third game of the year. It was Throwback Thursday, which meant that both the Padres and the Pirates wore their 1978 uniforms. There was a lot of yellow, brown, and stripes. The Padres’ uniforms aren’t my favorite, but the Pirates’ cracked me up. We decided that they looked like a cross between train conductors and prisoners.
The game itself went really well. Jon Garland started, and he was very good. He didn’t allow a hit through the first few innings, but he did allow a few walks and a hit batter early. I looked at the scoreboard and thought, okay, Jon hadn’t given up a hit yet, but he already had gotten himself into some potentially dangerous situations!!
He ended up going six innings, only allowing one hit with four walks and five strikeouts. Amazing performance.
We didn’t score until the bottom of the third. Jon Garland led off the inning with a single. Jerry Hairston sac-bunted him over the second. Then Miguel Tejada doubled him in.
Really, that was all the offense we needed. But in the sixth, Ryan Ludwick gave us a little more.
It was really interesting because Adrian started off the inning with a seemingly routine groundout to short. He hit it, the shortstop picked it up and threw as Adrian slugged down the line. As the ball hit the first baseman’s glove, Adrian was definitely out…but then the ball bounced out of the first baseman’s glove! It was totally unexpected! They gave the error to the shortstop though instead of the first baseman, which I thought was interesting.
Crucial error for the Pirates, though. After taking two balls, Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer out into the Padres bullpen! It was soo sweet!!
The relief pitching was amazing!! Luke Gregerson came in after Garland left and got two batters on six pitches. Then he allowed a single, but Joe Thacher came in to get the lefty. Two pitches and his job was done. I’m sooo happy that Thatcher has really turned into such a solid pitcher. I remember the really bad days in 2008 when he literally couldn’t pitch. It’s so nice to know that he’s much, much better than that pitcher he was.
Then Heath Bell came into the game in the top of the ninth. But it was super lame because they didn’t even do his big entrance. No “300” clips. No “Blow Me Away.” Just some random song from the ’70s. It was pathetic!!
But thankfully he was on his game. It took him four batters, but he got his 34th save of the year. And we won 3-0!! 🙂
So these Throwback Thursdays are new this year and I have to say that I was not very impressed. I’d say that it hindered my ballpark experience more than added to it. First of all, I think it’s cool that they had the old jerseys and the organ player, but I wish they hadn’t cut out almost everything else. For example, all they played was this awful ’70s music when the organ wasn’t playing. They didn’t play any of the player’s walk-up music, and like I said, they totally cut out Heath’s entrance.
I mean, what if Trevor Hoffman had still been here and there was this person who could only come to this game and had never ever seen Trevor Time and was super excited going into the top of the ninth because they were going to see Trevor Time? You can’t just cut out Trevor Time.
Second of all, the in-game host wasn’t even there the entire time, which meant that the entertainment between innings was pathetic! Well, I guess it wasn’t just his fault. They did have all the typical stuff like dot races and guess the attendance and best seat in the house and hat shuffle, but it was a lot more boring.
The organ player was great. I’m not saying anything against his talent or ability. Maybe it was just me, but I really missed all the music that they usually have. Again, I love hearing “Blow Me Away” when Heath comes in. I love hearing the player’s walk-up music. I don’t like hearing all this nasty ’70s stuff.
Now, personally, I don’t like oldies stuff, so maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy the whole retro thing as much. Like I said, it’s cool to have the jerseys for a retro day, but I don’t see why they have to cut out everything else.
The thing that bugged me the most was that I barely got hyped up at all. There were zero scoreboard prompts to get loud. There were barely any clapping thingys. Even with the minimal excitment on the field, I should have been screaming and getting hyper a lot more than I did. When I go to the ballpark, I go watch my boys and get excited! I love screaming and clapping for my boys. I love getting excited. But the only times I got more-than-normally-excited was the home run and when Heath closed the game.
Here’s how bad it was: when Heath got two outs, they didn’t even put up the “ON YOUR FEET” sign!!!!! How wrong is that?!?!?!?!? Man it bugged me sooo much.
So if I had to make a suggestion on how to make Throwback Thursdays better, I would say that there needs to be more interaction. I was extremely mellow the whole game, and you do not want that. You want your fans to be totally alert and into the game. Give us more scoreboard promts. If they have to be, they can be retro promts, but just get us into the game more.
Needless to say, I’m really, really looking forward to the next game I’m going to do, which will hopefully be normal. A Friday night game against the Phillies.
But we’ve got three big games this weekend against the Giants. I’m really thankful that the players themselves are seeing this like any other series, but that doesn’t mean that the fans can’t hype it up. I don’t think it’s going to be season-determining, but I think it would be great to gain a few games on the Giants.
I know that the boys will play their hardest and hopefully will get the better part of the series. After all, we have beaten the Giants seven out of eight times this season. I like our chances.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
P.S. You know what I think is really funny? All the headlines today are about how great our new additions are (Miggy and Luddy), and though they both contributed in a big way, they also each grounded into an inning-killing double play. Nice.
That’s More Like It!
You know those series last week when we didn’t do too well? I think those are behind us. Ryan Ludwick has finally found his bat.
Last week was a little scary because our two big additions, Ludwick and Miguel Tejada, were seemingly hindering instead of helping. We lost four games last week, which we just don’t do. So you can understand my worry, but thankfully, things are looking up again.
Wade LeBlanc threw an absolutely amazing game last night. He only went 5.2 innings, but he only allowed five hits, one run, while striking out eight. Whoo hoo! The one thing that I find absolutely incredible is his hitting this year! He had another hit and RBI last night, which brings his average up to .324. He has 12 hits on the year.
Ludwick was the star of this game, though. He hit his first Padre home run in the bottom of the second, which gave us a 1-0 lead. LeBlanc singled in our second run later in the inning.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan hit his second home run in the bottom of the seventh. I’m sooo happy that he’s getting his bat going. We need this guy to contribute if we want to keep our first place lead and keep pushing towards the playoffs.
The bullpen was great once again. The combination of Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell is back and strong as ever. Heath got his 32nd save of the year.
Great, great game. You have no idea how relieved I was to get the win last night. It’s always a good thing to start off a series with a win, especially at home.
The best news of all is that we have a little more breathing room on our first-place lead…for now. The Giants are now 2.5 games behind, which is a lot better than the 1 that they were last week.
By the way, I didn’t really want to get into this, but what Jonathan Sanchez said the other day REALLY ticked me off. I’m mostly trying to not let it go to my head, because that’s what he wants us to do. But this series against the Giants is going to be huge. We’re going into their park for three games. But look at is this way: the Giants have been trailing us for a long time. They’ve come within one game of tying us for first place, but they’ve never been able to quite make it. It’s going to be a very tough series, but I think the Padres are going to come out on top.
Also, I think that’s really bad sportsmanship of Sanchez. I mean, he had just lost a game, and I can’t blame him for being angry about it. But you don’t go boasting about the next team you’re going to beat. Not cool. Not cool at all.
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Hopefully we can get the win tonight and then another one tomorrow when I’m at the game. I’m super excited!!!! It’s going to be soo much fun.
Kevin Correia vs. James McDonald tonight. Let’s do this.
It’s time to believe.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
We 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.
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Back To The Giants
I am sooo bummed about this weekend. Not even funny. It’s pretty sad that we lost three games in a row, but against the Dodgers too? Argh.
It was a horrible series!!! The only positive I think of is like, Wade LeBlanc yesterday. He only allowed one run in seven innings. It was a great outing. But we lost the game 1-0. The night before we lost the game 4-1. The day before that was 4-3. It was an awful awful awful series.
I wouldn’t say that it was all the pitching’s fault. Maybe on Friday it was. But Kevin Correia was amazing on Saturday. Sure, he allowed four runs, but his offense wasn’t there for him. That game was unbelievable. As I sat there and watched Gameday, there was a feeling just totally overwhelming me that there was no possible way that we could come close to winning that game. It was the worst feeling ever. I tried keeping the faith, but the offense was giving me nothing. It was unbelievable.
After that amazing sweep of the Giants and that amazing outing by Mat Latos on Wednesday, I think we expected a lot more from this team. I have no idea what could have possibly happened in a matter of hours, but the team that came out there on Friday night was not the same team we saw a few days before. It was crazy.
Did you know that we had never lost three games in a row all season before yesterday? We’ve been amazing. The Dodgers have been not so amazing. Why were our roles reversed this weekend? It just doesn’t make any sense.
We are still hanging on by a thread to our first place lead, half a game. If we hadn’t swept the Giants earlier in the week, we would have lost that lead. I’m thankful that we still have it, but we’re walking on very precarious ground. We’ve got to get right back on our horse now. And guess what, we’ve got perfect timing here: we’re playing the Giants for two games here at Petco.
We were able to beat them at ATT&T, so we’ll be able to beat them at home…right? Right?
Gameplan: forget about the Dodgers series like, right now. Erase it from the memory. Focus on beating the Giants. Be thankful that we’re not facing Timmy, but hope that the Giants are scared that they have to face Mat Latos again. Let’s get this.
Come on, boys. I know you’re better than this.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
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!!!
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Hanging On To First Place
My Padres are going into a HUGE series today.
It’s against the Giants.
It’s going to be a battle for first place in the NL West.
I think the timing of this series is amazing. My boys have been in first place for quite a while now, but it hasn’t been easy to hold at all. Those Giants have been chasing after us relentlessly. Now they have a chance to catch up.
This isn’t the first time we’ve faced San Francisco this season (we swept them the first time), but for some reason, this series seems so much bigger and full of meaning. Maybe it’s because we’re going into their home turf. Maybe it’s simply because this is a match-up between two amazingly solid teams.
I honestly can’t say which team I think is going to win this series. Obviously, I want my boys to win, and I think we have a chance to, but the Giants’ chances are equal.
I think that this series will have an atmosphere like Padres-Dodgers. Know what I mean? The Giants are obviously a threat to us, and I don’t think any Padres fans are really psyched to have to face these guys. They might take our first-place lead away from us!!
But hopefully that won’t happen. I have a feeling that each game is going to be a battle. May the best team win.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!