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Climbing Out Of The Cellar

I love this team. Like crazy. Yesterday, I happened to notice that Tim Lincecum was no longer on the “probable pitchers” section on the front page of padres.com. WHOOO HOOO!! I was so excited. In his place, a rookie named Madison Bumgarner was making his major league debut. First off, that name makes me laugh every time I see it. Second of all, the guy’s 20 years old. He’s a kid! I had the ultimate confidence in my boys to get this game. Especially after losing on my birthday, they needed the win.

Kevin Correia started for the Padres. He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He pitched well, but did not get a decision.

On the other side, Bumgarner was very good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut. He went 5.1 innings, only allowing solo home runs to Chase Headley and Kouz. You have to give him credit, he seemed to have things pretty much together. Must have been a great night for him. 

This was a back and forth game. The Giants got on in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got one in the top of the second, Giants got it back in the bottom of the inning. Padres and Giants each get one in the fourth.

In the seventh, Will Venable hit a monster home run to the deepest part of the ballpark to tie the game at three. What a strong boy!! 

In the eighth, Adrian and Kouz singled with no outs. Chase Headley singled to right, and Adrian came in to score. The throw was right there, but the catcher lost hold of it and it bounced away. It was so cool!!

Sadly, though, my dear Kouz hurt himself when he was running the bases. He got a left calf strain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My poor baby 😦 Hopefully it will only be day-to-day and he will be back on the field ASAP!!!!

get well soon.jpgDue to Kouz’s terrible injury, there had to be some strange changes for the Padres’ defense. Chase Headley moved from left field to third, which is his natural position. Nick Hundley, catcher, who had not played outfield since college, went out to left field. Eliezar Alfonso went in to catch. And Heath Bell came in to get the save.

It was Nick Hundley’s 26th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Nick!!!

Heath didn’t make things interesting last night. It was amazing. He went 1-2-3, and Nick got to catch the last out in left field. Yay!!

It was an incredible game for many reasons. We came back from three deficits. Chase had three hits, and Kouz and Will had two hits each. We tied the series, so now we have a chance to win yet another series today.

And, one of the most exciting parts…I am soooo happy…WE’RE OUT OF THE CELLAR!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Finally!!! Arizona is right behind us at 22 games behind, and we’re 21 games behind. But we’re not the NL West Worst anymore. We’re been playing excellently, not like a last-place team at all. We don’t belong down there. Finally, we have a taste a fresh air after being in that musty cellar for so long.

“Breathe the free air again, my friend.” – Gandalf the White, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers 

It feel soooo good to be out. Oh man.

TEAM W  L % GB
LA Dodgers 83  57  .593  –
Colorado 79  60  .568 3.5
San Francisco 76  63  .547   6.5
San Diego 62   78  .443  21.0
Arizona 61  79  .436

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Kevin Kouzmanoff is a brilliant player. This is his third season in the majors with the Padres, and he’s amazing. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love this guy like crazy. He’s a good hitter, but the best aspect of his game is his defense. He’s incredible at third base. I mean, amazing. These last two years, he’s been fantastic over there. This year, I think he should get a Gold Glove. Because the Padres are so small-market, our players don’t get noticed very much, but Kouz really needs to get out there. The Padres have sent DVDs to other managers in the majors showing tons of Kouz’s incredible plays. I really really really hope he will get a Gold Glove this year!! He totally deserves it.

 Well, the Padres and Giants are playing the last of three games today. Wade LeBlanc will go against Barry Zito.

GO PADRES!!! KOUZ FOR GOLD GLOVE!!! 

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Can You Believe It??

What a game, what a series. Going into the nationaly broadcast game last night, the Padres and Dodgers had each won one of the two previous games in the series. They played on Sunday for the series. Which team would you think would come out on top? Probably the Dodgers, right? They’re one of the best teams in baseball, and the Padres are, by the numbers, one of the worst. Keep an open mind, though. Things are stirring in San Diego. Something good is happening.

And don’t forget the cat and mouse…

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Before Tim Stauffer threw a pitch in this game, he had a 1-0 lead. In the top of the first, Eck got on thanks to an error. Adrian’s double drove him to third, and Kouz grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Eck. The hit went to the shortstop, who threw it home and was just off-line as Eck made a beautiful slide to avoid the tag. One RBI for Kouz.

In the top of the third, Everth walked, Eck singled, and Adrian walked with no outs. Kouz then singled in two guys to give the Padres a 3-nothing lead. Three RBI for Kouz!!

In the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers got a run. Tim Stauffer threw 6.2 innings total, allowing three runs, only one earned. He walked one and struck out three. He was amazing. Much better than he had been before. Starting pitching has overall been excellent lately. It’s great!

timstauffer.jpgIn the top of the fifth, Adrian hit his 35th homer of the season to give us a 4-1 lead. Man, this guy has been amazing this year!!

kouzadrian.jpgIn the bottom of the seventh, the Padres got into some trouble. Everth made a terrible error that allowed a runner to get on and definitely opened the door for the Dodgers. Thankfully, we were able to keep the damage down to just two runs. The Padres still held a lead of 4-3.

The next few innings were nerve-wracking. The Dodgers are so good, I didn’t think a one-run lead would hold. It didn’t help that all the guys on the radio could talk about was that the fans almost expected a come-from-behind walk-off win, and that they were anticipating it. Oh man.

When Heath came on in the bottom of the ninth, I started pacing. It was so terrible to be handing Heath a one-run lead. Not that Heath tends to blow games like that; he only has three blown saves on the season. It’s just that he loves to make things very interesting. Much more than we need it to be, thank you very much.

He got one quick out on a strikeout, but then the interesting part came. He walked Rafael Furcal. Is he crazy?? Giving that guy first is just like giving him second. But miraculously, Furcal didn’t go for second at all. Very strange.

Jim Thome flew out (what a stressing at-bat that was!!). Whew. We got two outs, just one more. 

Andre Either had a full count before flying out to left. I screamed “YES!!” and fell to my knees. Then I jumped around with my little brothers in celebration. WE WON THE SERIES AGAINST THE DODGERS!! WE TOOK TWO OUT OF THREE!! TWO OUT OF THREE!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

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Look at Kouz. I don’t think he can believe it either haha πŸ™‚ That’s adorable.

It was so amazing. I can’t believe we actually stole this series from them, and at Dodger Stadium, too!! What a series. All the energy was amazing.

With a Diamondbacks loss last night, we are now tied for last place. Both of us are 20 games behind. I am elated. I would love to be able to get out of this nasty cellar. We’re not playing like we’re in the cellar, so I think we should get out of it already. Oh man, that would be amazing.

Well, since today is my sixteenth birthday, I would love it if my boys got a win for me. I mean, last night’s was great, but what would be even more great would be to get the win against the Giants today and hopefully get out of the cellar. The Dodgers are playing the Diamondbacks today. Hmmm. I wonder how that would work out. If the Dodgers and Padres won, would the Padres move anywhere? I guess we’ll have to see.

Clayton Richard is starting against Brad Penny. Oh boy. Now that will be interesting. Sounds like a pitcher’s duel is brewing, but I guess we’ll just have to see.

 
IMG_6557.JPG Happy birthday to me πŸ™‚

GO PADRES!!!

It’s Good To Be Back

I had a really rough weekend, dealing with a tough personal issue, and on top of that, the Padres were the worst team in baseball. But at least the Red Sox won their last three games, and now have a three-game lead over New York.

So, on Saturday when I wrote my fiery entry, I was very upset and embarrassed by my team. I think the changing of my background to Red Sox was actually to help me. I cracked up every time I saw it. I really appreciate all you guys stopping by and encouraging me. That was a great help!! And I need encouragement, that’s for sure. So thank you!!

I’m not really sure if I really gave up on my team. Sure, I threatened to, and I didn’t wear anything Padres for two days, and I didn’t listen to much of the past two games, but I’m not really sure if I gave up on them. Sure, I don’t think they’re going to do anything much for the rest of the season, but I’ll definitely be still supporting them. Who am I kidding? I love this team, and there’s no way I can stop being a Padres fan. Never. No matter what happens.

Now, on Saturday night, the Padres lost again, which was just what I needed. Not. Though they got seven hits and a run this time, I was still not happy because it was a very close game, which we should have won. We lost 2-1, which was good on the pitching side (good riddance Tim Stauffer, it was about time), but I think we should have been able to win that.

But even though we lost the four-game series, everything was cool when we won yesterday. It wasn’t just any win, though. It was a HUGE win!!

In the top of the first (always a great place to start), Everth Cabrera and Will Venable singled. And then, my baby hit a three-run homer!!

my baby!!.jpgThat was just the beginning, though. In the third, Venable and Kouz singled to start off the inning. Two outs later, Eliezar Alfonso hit a three-run homer! Barry Zito had a very rough outing.

In the fifth, Venable and Kouz singled to start off the inning. Hmm, deja vu! Chase Headley singled in Will, and Zito’s day was over. Later in the inning, Luis Rodriguez singled in Kouz and Chase.

The Giants got a run in the bottom of the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the ninth, but they were held down all day.

Kevin Correia pitched very well. He threw 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with only one walk and three strikeouts.

Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams pitched very well out of the bullpen. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run, but by then, it didn’t matter. 

In the eighth, Will Venable hit his first home run of the year to top of the Padres’ scoring. We won the game, 10-4.

It was a great, great game. Kouz has been pretty quiet lately, but he really woke up yesterday. He went 4-for-5 with a home run, three singles, and three runs driven in. Good job, Kouz!!

kouz single.jpgWill Venable had four hits, which was great. We had 14 hits total. Overall, just a great, great way to snap that seven-game losing streak.

So, in other news, Trevor Hoffman is going to the All-Star game as an injury replacement for Jonathan Broxton. Oh the irony. Not really, but whatever. Anyways, Heath is going to have a great time seeing his old friend again. I really hope Trevor has a great outing, and I get to cheer for him!!

Adrian is participating in the Home Run Derby tonight. That’s going to be cool.

And…I’m going to the Padres game this Saturday with Hyun YoungJen, and Kylie!! I am sooooo excited!!! And, if things don’t change, we’re going to get to watch Kevin Correia pitch. That will be really cool since he’s pretty much the best starter on this staff. I can’t wait!!!

Well, it’s good to be back to the Padres Nation (haha!). Let’s just hope that our boys will play well this weekend. At least on Saturday πŸ™‚

I’ve got a win under my belt, a three-day break to enjoy, and a game to go to this weekend…I’m good.

GO PADRES!!!

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No Words

The Padres have done some really really stupid stuff this year, but this just takes the cake. I didn’t find out until this morning, and boy you do not want to know how upset I am. I haven’t been this close to crying over a game since last year. I have no idea why I’m even wearing my Padres jersey right now. I am this close to throwing in the towel on my fanhood of this HOPELESS team!!! I can’t believe I went into public this morning supporting the Padres!! I am sooooo close to throwing in the towel and pretending that I was never a fan of this pathetic team. (well, not really, but at least for a day)

Bad enough that they’re on a what, six game losing streak??? But to top it all off, getting no-hit. It just drives me nuts. I’m literally sick to the stomach right now. Let’s just hope I don’t throw up all over the computer. I have no idea what to say about this team, except that they’ve brought it on themselves. They are the ones who are super pathetic!! They are the ones who lose like crazy. They are the ones who are driving their fans out of the stadium. I hate to say it, but there has to be some major changes, NOW. I’m not going to support this pathetic baseball for another whole half. I just can’t. Sure, I’d keep writing about them, but I can’t enjoy baseball like this. I just can’t!!

This team is getting a lot of publicity lately, and boy is it a bad kind!! This was the first no-hitter of the year in baseball, I think, so the Padres are going to be talked about in an unfavorable light for years to come. And you know what, they deserve it. If Sanchez had to throw a no-hitter against any team, it would have to be the Padres. Because they are the most pathetic team in baseball. I don’t care if about any other team who had a worse record than us. Because this is the worst team in baseball, and they should be a laughing stock. Maybe it will wake them up a little.

“When is Chargers season starting?” I hate that question, because San Diego mutters it every year when the Padres are going this bad. When can we drown out our miseries in football?

I know that next Saturday’s game is going to be pretty full, but you know what? There are not going to be many fans at Thursday and Friday’s games. This team has disgraced its fans, its city, and themselves.

I am so mad at this team. I got a free trial of MLB.TV, and it starts tonight, so I’m going to be watching this game tonight. I don’t know if I really want to though. Maybe I’ll just watch the Red Sox game.  

I am ashamed of my team. You can’t blame the fans for wanting to step back for a bit, even the die-hards.

But of course, GO PADRES!! 

GO RED SOX!!!!

Slump-Busting Time!!

Last night’s game was not good. Tim Lincecum. Yeah, enough said.

But, what is also not good is that the Padres are in a terrible slump right now. They have lost five games in a row with no signs of stopping. Now that is a problem.

Time to get out the old restrictions.

First off, since we are in San Francisco, during batting practice every player must try to hit at least one ball into the bay.

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Speaking of batting practice, I think our guys should take extra extra batting practice today. Indoor, outdoor, underground, anywhere. BATTING PRACTICE!!

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 (and yes, those are kids)

You guys seem to have been a little slow lately. Maybe we should cut out on the baked goods?

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So, cut out on the donuts and take a ton of batting practice? Is that enough for today? Almost…

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DON’T WEAR THESE!!!

Josh Banks is pitching tonight in the second game of this four-game series as the Padres go for their first win of the week.

GO PADRES!!!

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Facing the Giants

Yesterday was an off-day. It was very different not having a game, but I was still catching up from Sunday, so it was all good. I did get some exciting news, though: Hyun Young is treating me to a Padres game in July…in these incredible seats!

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It’s going to be so much fun, and I’m already planning it all out. I can’t wait for July 18th! That’s going to be the third game in a series against the Rockies, so maybe Tom and Jen will be there that night. I know Hyun Young and I will have so much fun cheering for our Padres and cheering against the Rockies πŸ™‚

Thanks Hyun Young!! πŸ™‚

On Saturday, I went to my brother’s last regular season game. His team won 24-8. I was keeping score, and it was absolutely crazy. They got nine runs in the first inning, and 12 runs in the fourth. It was insane to keep score, but I survived. Well, pretty much. I did get a terrible sunburn on my arms. Thankfully, we were in the shade most of the game on Sunday, so it didn’t get worse.

Tonight we are playing the Giants, thankfully still at home. My best friends and their family are going to be at the game! I am so excited for them, and hopefully they’ll take lots of pictures for me.

It will be interesting to see how my Padres do tonight. We’ve got the momentum from the sweep over the weekend, as well as a day of rest. Chris Young is going to be starting, and hopefully he can give us a solid outing.

Last time out in Chicago, he gave up four home runs in only a few innings. But I think he will be much better at home, without the Wrigley wind. Last time the Giants were in town, we swept them in three. Hint hint…

Even with the sweep over the weekend, we are still 10 games behind the Dodgers. But we are in third place. I think we moved up a few spots, but that’s probably because the Rockies and Diamondbacks are not doing well down there. Hey, if we were able to sweep the Giants in this series, we would gain a few games on them at least.

Well, if we just keep that pitching and hitting from the weekend, we will be in good shape.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: Hyun Young/padres.com)   

Something Had To Give

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It was a long, sad game.

A very well played game, that’s for sure. But all that doesn’t really matter if you don’t win.

Chris Young threw so well! He went seven innings, allowing nothing but two hits and four walks. It was so cool to listen to! You would think that Jake Peavy would be the one who was shutting down the hitters, but CY has been proving that he is the guy to keep a lineup down. It was so amazing. He even got a hit…I think that’s his third or fourth of the season!

On the other side, Barry Zito was incredible as well. He threw seven solid innings, allowing six hits. It was a great pitcher’s duel.

Luke Gregerson took the eighth and the ninth, retiring all six hitters he faced. He was great.

The Padres were able to get some runners on in the last few innings, but the Giants’ bullpen shut us down.

Onto the tenth, with a scoreless game. This is so rare, but it happened. We went to extra innings with no score.

Edwin Moreno came in and got a couple runners on with two outs. Bengie “Padre-Killer” Molina came to the plate and did what he loves to do: walk-off the Padres. He hit a ground-rule double, and the Giants won 1-0. It was pretty sad. But seriously, Molina just kills us. Next time, we gotta walk him.

I feel really bad for Moreno, since he’s now given up two walk-offs in his last two outings. That can’t be good for his confidence.

Now we have a three-game series against the Pirates at PETCO Park. It’s going to be a great series, with two teams who are playing way higher than expectations. I just hope my Padres come out on top πŸ™‚

Yesterday the Padres announced that the cancelled game on Monday will be played on July 23rd in Philly. After that game, we will go to Washington for a three-game series. Hooray. The Padres stilll won the series though!!

Off-days, ugh. But my boys need it. Tomorrow, we will get back into it. Meanwhile, beat those Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!!!!