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The Padres have had a bad past two days.
Last night, we had a 8-6 lead when Heath Bell came in to get the save but instead gave up three singles, two wild pitches, and three runs to give the Mets a 9-8 come-from-behind walk-off win.
Then, tonight, Chad Qualls gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, and then Josh Spence gave up two runs to give the Mets a 5-4 lead and win.
Usually, our bullpen isn’t like this. And two fails two nights in a row? Unheard of.
Hopefully they can pull it back together for the last game of the series. Let’s not get swept!
Well, what do you know.
Your San Diego Padres have won three games in a row, and they didn’t hold anything back.
We scored 35 runs. Had 40 hits. Hit five home runs, including two grand slams.
This is not the Padres we’re used to, but man, did I enjoy this weekend. It’s really great for us, but we do feel for the Pirates, since we’ve experienced so much of their pain, like the Union-Tribune article was talking about. Today we gave the Pirates their 10th straight loss. Ouch.
One thing I was really excited about today was Mat Latos’ outing. He did really well! He went seven solid innings, only allowing two runs on four hits, and those runs didn’t come until the bottom of the eighth. He also had seven strikeouts and got the win. Way to go, Mat!!
Former Padre Kevin Correia actually started for the Pirates, which I thought was funny. He only went 5.2 innings and got the loss. HA!
The sweep was a great victory, but we had a lot of bad news this week on the injury side. Chris Denorfia was put on the DL with a strained hamstring, which is really sad. Here’s a great video that shows us many reasons why losing Chris is so bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCCKEsNMomA
Also, Chase Headley is going to be out for a few weeks with fractured left little finger. Not good. Not good…at all.
We go to New York to play the Mets next. Tim Stauffer is starting tomorrow night.
No Surprise There…
We all knew that it was going to happen. We started off interleague play this weekend at home against the Mariners, and we got nothing doing. We got swept, bang bang bang.
Not surprising at all.
We only scored two runs in the entire series. We had three errors. We got a good amount of hits, but obviously it wasn’t enough to score any runs.
At the beginning of the season, the hitting was horrible and the pitching was really okay. But now, the pitching has been infected with the disease of the hitters, and we have absolutely no hope.
Here’s the records of our five starting pitchers:
- Mat Latos: 1-6
- Clayton Richard: 2-5
- Tim Stauffer: 0-3
- Dustin Moseley: 1-6
- Aaron Harang: 5-2
Aaron’s the only one who’s had any bit of a chance against some good teams. Props to him, but look at the rest of our starting pitching. It’s so bad!!
It’s not entirely the pitchers’ fault, though. Moseley had put out many, many good outings, but you can’t win when you don’t have run support.
In case anyone was interested, the Padres’ record is 19-28 and we’re 8.5 games behind San Francisco. Yeah, we’ve got a ways to go, but with the way we’re playing, I’m sure we’ll be able to get those games back in about 200 years.
The Cardinals are coming in to Petco for three games. They’re 28-20 and on top of their division. Oh boy.
Padres FanFest 2011 :)
Yesterday was FanFest, and it was so much fun!!!
It was the getting there though, that was not fun.
Someone annoyingly decided to schedule the air show on Coronado on the same day as FanFest. My family and I decided to leave our house around 8 so that we would get downtown around 9. Around 8:40 a.m., we got stuck in the worst traffic that I’ve ever seen. At 10:40, we were finally able to break free and get to our exit. The most frustrating part about it was that we were probably 1 1/2-2 miles away from our exit when we got stuck. Uggghhh.
But, we did make it with plenty of time to see all the attractions at FanFest. I really enjoyed it, but I think next year the Padres need to bring in some more features.
I was shocked at how many people there were, especially since it seemed like the whole city was heading to Coronado (there were actually 70,000 people at the air show!!!!). But there were long lines at Petco for the Garage Sale and the clubhouse tour.
I’ve been to the Garage Sale three years now, and it’s so funny to see some of the same stuff coming out every year! A lot of the old commemorative baseballs have been trying to sell for years, but I doubt that many people are very interested in those.
I didn’t find much, but I did get a “5” patch that potentially could have been on Kouz’s jersey had he stayed with the Padres. Sniff sniff. I also bought a Western Metal Theater shirt, mostly because it was only $3.
I got Clayton Richard and Mike Adams’ autographs, which was pretty cool.
I got to talk to Friarhood, RJ’s Fro, Jane Mitchell, and various other fans. And of course, my Padres buddy Hyun Young. We passed out some blog cards and cupcakes and cake pops that we made ourselves. Mine got really squished, but whatever. It’s the taste that counts.
I also sat in on the Leadership Forum, which featured Dick Enberg and Tom Garfinkel. It was really interesting hearing the questions from the fans and the thoughts of both of these guys. I am especially excited about a game this year where Trevor Hoffman is going to be honored. It’s going to be sweet!!
I was super happy to get out to Petco Park again. It had been way too long, and it was so much fun to see sooo many Padres fans out there. They ended up having over 21,000 people there!!!!!
I can’t wait for baseball season to start. I have a feeling that this Padres team is going to be AMAZING.
Today is Hyun Young’s birthday!!!! Happy birthday Padres buddy!!!! You are amazing 🙂
And, big shoutout to my sports editor and fellow Padres fan, Matt, who I assist on Palomar College’s newspaper, The Telescope. If you have any complaints about this blog, send them to him. Just kidding 🙂 And if you love Palomar sports, the Watercooler, our sports blog, is the place to find all Comets sports coverage.
HUGE congratulations to Bud Black! Today he won the National League Manager of the Year award by one vote. Pretty sweet.
Buddy absolutely deserves this. I thought he did an incredible job with the team this year. We were in first place for the majority of the season, and though we choked at the end there, it was still one of the best seasons ever.
Buddy had been managing here for about four seasons: two seasons, we were within one game of the playoffs. One of the other ones was horrible, and the other one was okay. But I absolutely love having Buddy as our manager. He is an overall great guy, and he knows how to run a baseball team.
The team went 90-72, ending up second in the NL West. It was an amazing season, but the end was heartbreaking. Thankfully, baseball is the game of moving on.
Congrats, Buddy. You totally deserve this. Keep up the incredible work, and let’s get into the playoffs next year, okay? Okay. Good. Glad we have an understanding.
I miss baseball. I miss my boys. I can’t wait for next season!!!!!!
(photo credit: padres.com)
Happy Birthday, Trevor!!
Today is Trevor Hoffman’s 43rd birthday. This year was a big one for Trevor as he got his 600th save with the Brewers. But he only got 10 saves total this year, which was not that great. He blew a whole bunch and then was demoted from his role as closer. I think the years are finally catching up with him, but he’s still an amazing guy. He’s probably not going to be with the Brewers next season, so Padres, hint hint hint.
Sure, we probably won’t have him replace our Delivery Man of the Year, Heath Bell, but before Trev retires, he’s gotta come back to his Padres.
We love you, Trevor. Hope you have a day!!! And hey, come back to San Diego soon, yes?
It’s Not Time To Panic Yet, But…
That’s all I’ve got. Don’t you dare give up on these boys. They need us now more than ever. Don’t you dare stop believing.
Still In It
Man, this weekend was tough! I had a feeling that the series against the Cardinals was going to be a battle, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was really going to be. I guess that even though the Cards are not doing so great right now, they will always, always do great against the Padres. Just one of those bizarre baseball things.
Not going to lie, I think we really needed two of those games instead of just one. We were able to get back into first place for approximately a few hours, and we’re only half a game behind. It could have been a lot worse. But man, we’ve got to pull ourselves together. We can’t afford to be losing series like this.
We’ve got 13 games left in the regular season. 13!!! That’s barely anything, but if things keep going the way they have been lately, it’s going to be a battle all the way to the end. I’m sooo nervous!!!
I am counting on beating the Dodgers for the next three games. We ABSOLUTELY have to get at least two out of three. Preferably. Failure is not an option. It’s just gotta happen.
A huge positive from this weekend was Chris Young’s performance on Saturday. He only threw four innings, but he didn’t allow anything but a run and three hits. He threw 69 pitches, 41 for strikes. Most of them were fastballs too, but he was effective. Congrats CY!!
I just wanted to take a quick look at the ERAs of some of the guys in the bullpen. Our entire pitching staff is an overall 3.46, which is second in the Major Leagues, only behind the Giants by 0.01 points.
Joe Thatcher’s ERA is 1.32, which is second only to Chris Young’s 0.90 (haha). Joe’s thrown in 59 games.
Next is Mike Adams with a 1.82. He’s thrown in 62 games, but he has significantly more innings than Thatcher.
Heath Bell has a 1.87, which is great for a closer. He’s got 42 saves!
Ernesto Frieri is a 1.95, but he’s only thrown in 29 games.
Ryan Webb goes up to 2.95, but he’s only been in 48 games, while the guys in the 1.00’s have thrown a lot more.
Edward Mujica is 3.44. But Luke Gregerson is a 3.49, which is eh. He’s actually thrown more innings than anyone in the bullpen, though, so maybe he’s excused.
I just thought it was interesting how good some of these guys are by the numbers. Like Adams and Bell have been extremely instrumental. Gregerson too, but he seems to be slipping a little lately.
Well, I don’t you about you, but I still believe in this team. This division is absolutely crazy right now, but we’re still in it and I believe that we’ll be in the playoffs in a few weeks. Stick with them. They’re going to pull through.
GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!! BEAT LA!!!
These Boys Are For Real
What 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!!!!
What 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.
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Jump on the bandwagon, people. These boys are for real. Nothing’s going to stop them.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
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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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GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
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