- 8-3 Giants
Jake Peavy started the game, giving up six runs in six innings on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. It was not pretty. We all expected Jake to be dominating, but from the beginning of the game, he didn’t really have it on. The big blow was a grand slam hit by Edgar Renteria in the fourth. That was bad.
It’s really too bad that Jake wasn’t able to get it on. That grand slam was the first he’s given up in his career, a span of 1,284 1/3 innings. I feel really bad for him, ’cause I know he’s really upset at himself for not performing as he should be. Hopefully he will be able to get locked in soon!
Our offense wasn’t the greatest. Matt Cain shut us down pretty well. We got a run in the first on a Brian Giles single. In the third, there was a strange play. Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley were on base when Kouz hit a booming double to deep right-center field. Adrian was being cautious, but Chase could see that the ball wasn’t going to get caught. As a result, they were literally on each other’s heels. Adrian slid into the plate, the ball came into the catcher, and Chase leaped over the catcher, getting himself tagged out. The umpire pointed to Chase, signalling him out, the pointed to Adrian, who had scrambled back and touched the plate. He was safe. It was bizarre! I’ve never seen anything like it. Kouz ended up at third, but was stranded there.
We got another run in the top of the ninth from a Brian Giles single, but that was it. We had 14 hits, but that was it. The Giants pitching held us down, that’s for sure.
The Giants got two runs off of Luis Perdomo, who threw 1.2 innings. Frankie De La Cruz threw one pitch to get out of the eighth.
It was a pretty sad game. We thought our ace would be able to take care of those Giants, but he wasn’t. We weren’t able to score runs when we had the chances. Frustrating…that’s what I would call it. But today is a new day.
It’s a 12:45 pm game, which is one of the most strange starting times I’ve seen. Chris Young will be pitching against Barry Zito. What a matchup! This will hopefully be a great game.
Yesterday, the Padres did a little reversing. They had traded Chris Burke to the Mariners for cash considerations, but then they traded cash considerations for Chris Burke yesterday.
So in a way, the Mariners were just taking care of him until we found a spot for him. I think it’s great that he’s back with the Padres. He was with the team for most of Spring Training, so he already knows all the guys. Plus, he’s been playing in the NL West with the Diamondbacks for a few years. Or year.
Anyways, I hope we have a really great game today!!
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Yesterday, the Padres-Phillies game got rained out.
But that’s OK for a lot of reasons. I think it means that the Padres won the series since they were leading 2-1. Also, it’s really lame to have a series go over the weekend and into the next week. Plus, it gave the team a lot of extra time to get over to San Francisco for two games. So overall, it was OK that this game got rained out.
But the Padres got some bad news yesterday about a young player of theirs. Everth Cabrera broke his left hand in Sunday’s game.
Everth is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. He’s only 22, and this is his first season in any level higher than Single-A. We got him in the Rule 5 draft from the Rockies, and they were not very happy about that. This guy has a lot of potential. Before he got hurt, he had four hits and a walk in five games. He was also playing very well at shortstop. He is going to have surgery today, and hopefully we will see him back on the field soon!
With Everth’s absence, we are rather short on the middle-infield area. We have shortstop Luis Rodriguez and second baseman David Eckstein, but our only other middle-infielder is Edgar Gonzalez. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind getting more playing time, but I think we need another guy. Kevin Towers is working hard to get a guy today, before we play the Giants tonight.
I love it when we get new players. It’s so much fun! We’re probably going to get a cheap minor league-ish guy, but that’s OK. One of the names that’s floating around is Chris Burke, who was with us for most of Spring Training until he was traded to the Mariners for cash considerations. I don’t know if the Mariners would give him back, though.
But how about this guy?
Yeah, he hasn’t played a full season since 2007, but I think Marcus Giles would be an interesting player to have back. I really loved having him here in 2007, though his hitting was not that great near the end. He was in the Rockies’ Spring Training in ’08, and the Phillies in ’09, but he didn’t make the roster either time.
I think that would work out really well. What we really want is his defense. He’s a San Diego boy, and his brother Brian is on the team. Plus, he’s probably really cheap.
But then again, I don’t know if Marcus is interesting in playing baseball anymore. He has three little girls, and I think he’s content with just enjoying his family.
Also, he’s a natural second baseman. I don’t think he’s ever played shortstop. But maybe Eckstein could move over the shortstop and Marcus could take second…nooooo. Marcus would have to be on the bench and maybe spell Eckstein once in a while. Well, maybe not. It would be cool to have Marcus here in San Diego again, but that probably won’t work out.
Nevertheless, it will be cool to see who our new player will be.
Today we are playing the Giants in SanFran. Watch out Giants…look who’s pitching!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Let’s see…he started the season with an average game, then had a stellar game, then an average game, so now he’s due for a stellar game. As in, 8 or 9 innings, 10 or so strikeouts, and maybe only a couple hits allowed. Yeah, that feels just about right.
Jake’s opponent will be Matt Cain, who we’ve hit very well in the past few years. I think it’s going to be a really great game tonight.
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- 6-5 Padres
Most of us know Heath Bell’s story. He spent nine seasons with the Mets, being shipped back in forth from the major league club and Triple-A so many times that the players joked about the “Heath Bell Express”.
Heath was finally traded to the Padres along with Royce Ring in 2006. With the Padres, Heath got an opportunity to prove himself as a major-league pitcher. That he has done, spending two seasons as set-up man to Trevor Hoffman, and now taking over the closer’s role.
So I know it’s been great for him to be able to go out there and pitch against his former team, to show them what they missed out on, to show them that he really was a good pitcher. Heath saved the first game of the series, a 6-5 win, and he got so excited that he threw a pitch at the backstop. This time, he was so pumped up that he was throwing 96 MPH. But more on that later.
Jake Peavy started the game, and gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Delgado. Obviously, things weren’t looking that great. Our ace threw 44 pitches in the first inning and gave up three runs.
But my Padres don’t get put down that easy. Not these boys. In the top of the third, Henry Blanco started it all off with a walk. Rookie Everth Cabrera came up to the plate and had an extremely impressive at-bat. He was taking pitches, running the count to full, and then getting a solid single. It was great. Jake Peavy came up and laid down the perfect bunt to move over the runners for Jody Gerut.
Jody singled Blanco in. NEXT! David Eckstein came up and drove Cabrera in. Brian Giles grounded out for the second out, but then Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Chase Headley came to the plate and drove in two runs with a single. Koooooz drove in Adrian for our fifth run. Then Henry Blanco, who started the inning, ended it with a strikeout. But the damage was done. We came back from losing 3-0 to winning 5-3 in one inning! I loved how we were able to play small ball, just getting singles, moving the runners over, and driving in some guys even with two outs. This offense is so much better than last year’s!
In the fifth, Adrian walked and Chase drove him in with a double for our sixth run. It was great! Chase had four hits on the night, driving in three runs.
Jake exited after five innings, so into the bullpen. Cla Meredith and Edwin Moreno threw one scoreless inning each. Duaner Sanchez, a former Met, gave up a two-run homer to Ramon Castro, making it a one-run game.
Onto the ninth, and Heath Bell. He got two quick outs, but then it was Delgado vs. Bell, head to head. Heath wasn’t going to get this save easily. He got two called strikes to start Delgado off, then two balls. Delgado proceeded to hit four foul balls. Heath threw him a ball, and then Delgado hit another foul. Finally, finally, Heath got a called strike to save his fifth game in five chances (that leads the majors by the way). I’m almost glad I wasn’t listening to that AB ’cause it would have been so stressing!
It was an excellent game. We won the series, 2 games to 1! We are still on top of the NL West with a 7-3 record, though we are tied with the Dodgers. This team is just amazing. It’s so exciting to be winning, and to have such a great team!!
Today we are playing the Phillies, Chris Young against Cole Hamels. What a pitching matchup! It’s going to be a great game!
Too bad I don’t get to listen to it though. I’m going on a retreat in the mountains by a lake this weekend. But this time it’s going to be for leisure and fun, instead of serving. I’m really excited, and I think it’s going to be a great weekend. I will miss blogging and listening the games and stuff, but I’ll be able to catch up when I get back. Of course, feel free to leave comments letting me know about how the Padres do or any big baseball news!
- 7-2 Mets
Oh boy. Let’s just say that it was bad. I don’t even want to go into it that deeply. Kevin Correia went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. But the bullpen finally crumped in a very strange 7th inning. The Mets got four runs in that inning, thanks to some sloppy plays and defense. Oh well. It’s not even worth going into detail. Suffice it to say that Luke Gregerson gave up his first two runs of the season, Edward Mujica gave up two runs, and Luis Perdomo gave up a solo home run in his major league debut. Nice.
On the offensive side, Scott Hairston drove in a run in the fifth. In the top of the ninth, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer. This one was special though, as it was his 100th career home run. Congrats Adrian!
I know he’ll downplay it because it didn’t help the team win (and that’s all that matters to him), but it is a big accomplishment. So congrats to Adrian on #100!
Scott Hairston and Luis Rodriguez had two hits each, but that was mostly it. It was a saaad game. Definitley the worst so far, and I am so ready for the game tonight. Jake’s pitching, so that will be perfect to erase this nasty game.
Today is the rubber game…the last game in this series against the Mets. Jake Peavy, Henry Blanco catching him, I think we’re going to have a great game. WE NEED YOU JAKE!!
It’s all for one and ONE FOR ALL YA’LL
It’s a brother and a sister kinda thang
Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with
With me and my gang
We live to ride, we ride to live
Me and my gang
Jump on that train
Grab a hold of them reins
We gonna rock this thang, cock this thang
Me and my gang
Today in the Latest Leaders I got #15, which is the best I have ever ranked. So, first of all, a HUGE thank you to all my readers. You guys have been amazing!!
Lately I have really grown to like Rascal Flatts. Their music is pretty amazing, and one of my favorite CDs is Me and My Gang.
I thought this song was kind of appropriate for the Padres. Kind of seems like a Jake Peavy song, ya know?
The Padres and their fans are on an amazing adventure right now. Hey, five-game winning streak and on top of the NL West. This season is going to be exciting, at least for a while. I think the Padres fans have been skeptical of this winning team, but more and more are coming behind them and joining the party. We don’t know where our Padres are going, but it will be so much fun to find out.
I know that I, for one, will be sticking by these Padres all year, even if Monday night was the last game we will win this year. Even if we lose Jake Peavy (oh boy), even if we don’t lose another game this year. Even if this team crashes and burns. It’s not easy, I found that out last year. But I’m going to stick by this team no matter what.
So, jump on that train, grab a hold of them reins, let’s rock this thang, cock this thang…me and my gang/Padres!!
Today, in my dedication to #15, I’m going to mention 15 members of my gang who have had superb performances in the last week.
GANG MEMBER #15
Luke Gregerson has been excellent this week. He’s gone five innings, giving up only three hits and that’s it. He’s been able to get out of bases-loaded-with-no-outs jams, and he’s been absolutely solid.
GANG MEMBER #14
Adrian Gonzalez has been warming up over the week. He has eight hits, seven RBIs, and two home runs in eight games. He’s going to be so good this year!
GANG MEMBER #13
Scott Hairston is a stellar ballplayer, man. He’s been so solid this week, with some spectacular catches in center field, as well as some blast from the plate. This guy can flat-out play!
GANG MEMBER #12
Luis Rodriguez has been pretty good in the past week. He’s played in seven games, with three hits and four RBIs. But check this out: he has eight walks! Wow, that’s pretty good. But understandable since he’s been hitting low in the lineup, usually right before the pitcher.
GANG MEMBER #11
Duaner Sanchez has kind of gone under the radar, but he’s been solid for the Padres. He’s thrown three innings, allowing nothing but a walk. He came into some essential games, too, like Monday when the Padres had a one-run lead.
GANG MEMBER #10
Heath Bell has had no problems taking over Trevor Hoffman’s job as closer on the Padres. He has four saves in four opportunities so far this season.
GANG MEMBER #9
David Eckstein has been an excellent pickup for the Padres. He’s had some great at-bats, even though they didn’t always end up in a positive result. Still, he’s been very solid in his hitting and his defense.
GANG MEMBER #8
Chase Headley has been playing very well for the Padres. He has six hits and five RBIs in eight games. He also has two home runs, and great defense in left field.
GANG MEMBER #7
Henry Blanco was not signed by the Padres for his offense, but San Diego has recieved some of it anyway. In addition to catching some excellent games, Henry has two home runs already.
GANG MEMBER #6
Chris Young has throw 13 innings so far, allowing only two earned runs with 12 strikeouts. He has earned two wins, beating Randy Wolf and Tim Lincecum.
GANG MEMBER #5
Jody Gerut has five hits so far, including a home run and three doubles. He’s also had stellar defense in center. It’s been so much fun to watch him…
GANG MEMBER #4
Brian Giles has five hits and four walks, but has not come through in a lot of big situations, like bases loaded with no outs. His defense has been superb, though. He knows that right field corner in PETCO so well!
GANG MEMBER #3
Nick Hundley has definitley improved at the plate from last year. I think he’s going to have a really good offensive year. His catching has also been great.
GANG MEMBER #2
OH MY GOODNESS!!! That picture is soooooo cute!!! WOW, I totally love it!!! Ah, where was I? Oh yes, Kevin Kouzmanoff’s amazingness! He has six hits so far. I think he’s still warming up. He’ll get better as the season goes on… Just look at that guy. Wow.
GANG MEMBER #1
Jake Peavy’s first start wasn’t the best, but his second was incredible. In 15.1 innings pitched, he has 18 strikeouts. I am so thankful that he’s still here in San Diego, and I hope he will be sticking around for a long time.
Again, thanks so much to all my readers! Without you guys, this blog has no meaning. Keep checking back here for all the latest Padres news!
Today the Padres are playing the Mets again, Kevin Correia against Oliver Perez. GO PADRES!!!
What a weekend! These Padres are on a roll!
- Friday: 7-3 Padres
Shawn Hill started the game, going five innings and giving up only two runs on seven hits. We picked up this guy like, last week. I think it’s great that he was able to pitch so well on Friday!
The rest of the bullpen was great. Hill left the game with the bases loaded and no outs. Luke Gregerson came in and got a grounder to first, where Adrian Gonzalez fired it home to get the force out, and Nick Hundley threw it back to get the hitter. Gregerson then struck out the next batter. I have been really pleased with Luke this week. He’s been so solid!
Let me tell you, the pitching has been incredible so far. And when the offense and defense is solid too, the Padres are going to have a good night at the ball yard.
The man of the night, as he has been for many nights, was Scott Hairston. First off, he got a single and scored our first run in the bottom of the first. We got three runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a Brian Giles double and a Kevin Kouzmanoff single.
In the fourth, Brian Giles drove in David Eckstein with a single for the 4-1 lead. In the top of the seventh, Bengie Molina was at the plate with a runner on. He hit a long shot to left center field, and it looked like it was going out. Chase Headley was running over there from left field, but Scotty came in from center, leaping at the wall, and catching the ball. If Scotty hadn’t caught that, it would have been a tying two-run homer. Instead, Molina, disbelieving, was out. It was an incredible catch by Scott Hairston!
He wasn’t done though. In the bottom of that seventh, he came up to the plate with two runners on. What does he do? He hits a three-run homer! What a night for this guy! All in all, he had three hits, drove in three runs, stole a base, and made some spectacular plays. Hairston has done nothing but incredible things since we got him in late 2007. What a player!
Edward Mujica and Duaner Sanchez had scoreless innings. Edwin Moreno ran into a little trouble in the ninth, allowing a run, but he got out of it and closed the game.
This was an all-around incredible game. The pitching was solid, the defense was fantastic, the offense was amazing. All the guys in the top of the order had a really good game. Scotty, Eckstein, Giles…whoo hoo!
- Saturday: 6-3 Padres
Jake Peavy. Mexico Opening Night. Adrian Gonzalez long-sleeved T-shirt night. ‘Nuff said!
Jake was excellent last night, very Jake-like. His Opening Day start was solid, but he wasn’t the best. This time was the real Jake. Take 8.1 innings, 10 strikeouts, three runs, 106 pitches. He was so sharp, so on his game. It was incredible!
Both starting pitchers were really good for the first few innings. Jake and Jonathan Sanchez weren’t giving up anything. Until the third. Padres catcher Henry Blanco started off the inning with a solo homer.
But the Giants got that run right back in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, the Padres took the lead for good. Henry Blanco led off the inning again, and he hit a solo homer again. Jake walked, Scott Hairston singled, and David Eckstein walked. Brian Giles flew out, but then Adrian Gonzalez hit a double that cleared the bases. It was great.
Chase Headley hit his first homer of the season, getting the Padres’ sixth and last run of the night.
In the top of the ninth, Jake started running into some trouble. He had 105 pitches, and his next one was a run-scoring double. So, Buddy took him out. Jake wasn’t too happy about it, I know he wanted to finish the game out. But Heath Bell came in to save his third game in three chances. He got a strikeout, then a pop-out to my boy Kouz in foul territory. Yay!
It was a great win for the Padres. Jake and Henry each had a really great game. By the way, Peavy and Blanco have been working really well together. I wouldn’t be surprised if Blanco caught Jake for the rest of the season.
- Sunday: 6-1 Padres
I got to watch the majority of this game, probably from the fourth inning to the end. It was so much fun to be able to see all the players and to see the game fold out before my eyes. I never get to watch baseball, so it’s really special for me to just be able to watch a game on TV!
Chris Young against Tim Lincecum. What a matchup! I knew it would be a classic game, but I thought my Padres would come out on top. We had the momentum, and CY was very solid his last time out. This time, he was even better.
He went seven innings, giving up five hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts. He even hit a single, his second hit of the season! He was mowing, man. I was really pleased with his outing. He did a great, great job.
Lincecum was good, too. He seemed a lot more vulnerable than when we faced him last year. Maybe it’s just because of the confidence the Padres and their fans have. But I knew my Padres could beat him, even if he won the CY Young last year. He seems to have been off to a slow start this season. He was getting us out, but he wasn’t overpowering and dominating like last year.
In the third, the Padres’ offense turned on. Jody Gerut doubled, and a few batters later, Adrian Gonzalez drove him in with a single. Chase Headley then hit his second homer of the season.
In the sixth, Nick Hundley tripled to start the inning and Luis Rodriguez promptly sacrifice-flied him in.
The seventh led off with Adrian and Chase each hitting a single. Nick singled to drive in Adrian and Rodriguez sac-flied again to drive in Chase.
Luke Gregerson came into the game to relieve CY. He allowed two hits, but he threw two solid innings and has not given up a run yet. He’s pitched five innings so far this week.
Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, Kouz had two hits, Chase had two hits, and Nick Hundley had four hits, a career high. Nick actually went single, double, triple…and single. Too bad he didn’t hit for the cycle, but still a great game for Nick.
It was a great 6-1 win for the Padres. I think the best word that describes this team right now is solid. The pitching has been incredibly solid, the hitting has been solid, and the defense has been solid. This team is solid, confident, and they are winners!
We’re on top of the NL West right now. I know, I know, it’s crazy early, but we’re on top! This team that is supposed to lose 100+ games is better than anyone in the West right now. They’re on a four-game winning streak, and I don’t see any stopping them. They are fired up and totally confident. They go out there every game with a winning mindset. I know it’s cliché, but this team really has it. They really think, know, that they can win every single game. I really don’t see them stopping now. I mean, I’m sure we’re going to lose sometime, but right now, we are on a roll.
This team is exciting. They are exceeding expectations, they are winning, playing hard. They’re turning some heads. We can do this. We can win this crazy NL West. I truly believe that we have a chance for the playoffs this year. Of course, this is me speaking after the first week. There’s a ton of baseball left to be played. But there’s no doubt, no matter what happens for the rest of the season, we will remember this week. It was the start of hope. It was shocking, exciting, unexpected. For this one week at least, the Padres were good. They played the best baseball they’ve played in a long time. But best of all, they played together, and they won. They won five games, four in a row. This week showed how real baseball is supposed to be played. They played hard, they played solid, and they won, together.
That’s my team! That my Padres! Yep, that’s us ON TOP OF THE NL WEST!! Nope, not dead last, but very first. I am so fired up about these Padres!
The next victim, er, should I say opponent, is the New York Mets. Citi Field will be opening today. The Padres will have the honor of being the first opposing team in the stadium. Walter Silva will get to pitch against Mike Pelfrey. I expect Silva to be much more confident and calm as he goes out for his second big league start.
Four in a row, boys. Let’s make it five.
- 4-1 Dodgers
Well, it wasn’t the best Opening Day ever. It wasn’t the most well-played game for the Padres, but I saw some things that signal hope for this team.
Jake Peavy started, going seven innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with eight stikeouts. In the first inning, when he gave up two runs, he was not very sharp. He went 1-2-3 in the second, but gave up one run in each of the third and the seventh. He wasn’t the sharpest, but I thought he did a pretty good job. I am very glad that he went seven innings. The bullpen is very fresh now. It’s a very good thing that he went so deep into the game.
The two guys who pitched from the bullpen were very good. Luke Gregerson and Edward Mujica threw scoreless innings.
We got our one and only run in the bottom of the first. Jody Gerut double off the first pitch he saw. David Eckstein moved him over with a sacrifice, and Brian Giles drove him in with a ground-out. We only had five hits, but we left seven runners on. At one point we left the bases loaded. It was not very good. But I have hope for these hitters. Eckstein had some excellent at-bats, though he only had one hit and one walk. Adrian Gonzalez walked twice. But my boy Kouz had a bad night. He came up in two critical do-or-die situations and he died both times. Oh well.
I’m not upset, angry, or devastated about this game. Disappointed, sure, but I’m not ready to jump off a bridge or anything. It’s only the first game of the season! One loss, and people are already comparing this year to last year! Peoples, it’s only the first game!! We’ve still got 161 ahead of us. I saw positive things in the game last night. Face it, the Dodgers were really good. We were shut down by their pitching. I know we will be better than this.
Yesterday’s game was attended by the largest crowd in Petco Park’s history, at 45,496. I think that is so cool! Sure, a lot of the crowd was Dodgers fans, but still. We just came off a 99-loss season and we draw the biggest crowd in Petco Park ever!!
Tonight we are playing the Dodgers for the second of four games this week. Chris Young will be starting against Randy Wolf. And guess what…I’m going to the game!!
Kind of a weird situation of how we’re going, but basically a friend offered to take my sister and me to the game last night, but we couldn’t get tickets (at least we got beat out by the biggest crowd in Petco Park history!), so we’re going tonight instead. My friend is sort of a Dodgers supporter, so it’s going to be a lot of fun! My goal is to convert him into a Padres fan. It’s going to be so much fun!
I’ve been to a Dodgers/Padres game before, it was my very first baseball game ever! But I wasn’t “concious” of the meaning and the rivalry. But that game did kindle my hate of the Dodgers because 1) the won, and 2) they got the winning run off of Trevor. This time, it’s going to be a lot of fun to experience the rivalry and scream like crazy. My throat’s already sore in anticipation!
This friend, who is like an older brother to my sister and me, is an incredibly gracious man. He doesn’t really like baseball, but he knows how much this means to me, so he’s taking us anyway (though he’s trying to make us think it’s only because the Dodgers are playing that he offered to take us). Even though he isn’t a big fan of the Dodgers (he’s a football/basketball guy), he still pretends to really like them. Since he is sitting on the fence and it not a die-hard Dodgers fan, I have hope to convert him to the Friars!
Also, he’s not feeling the best, but he’s going to suck it up and go anyway! What a trooper! He is a really great guy, and my sister and I thank him so much for taking us tonight! I know we’re going to have a lot of fun. Even if my “brother from another mother” and I are going at it all night! Haha! GO PADRES!!
It’s going to be a lot of fun. Of course, I will be taking a lot of pictures. I hoping the break the 300 mark today. Yeah, 300 pictures should be enough. GO PADRES!!!
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