The past two games have been AMAZING. I knew that we would have to fight pretty hard to beat these Cardinals, but it actually hasn’t been too bad at all.
In the first game of the series, we scored our first and only run in the bottom of the second on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s first home run of the season. Jon Garland was amazing, going seven inning and allowing no runs. Mike Adams took an inning, and then Heath Bell made things extremely stressing again, but we pulled off the 1-0 win.
Then last night was crazy! But let me just say, both Kevin Correia and Jaime Garcia pitched amazingly. They both went six innings, allowing no runs. I was really pleased about K-Cor’s outing because his last two have been pretty shaky. I think it’s safe to say that he’s back and he’s on his game. Last night’s effort was great.
On the offensive side, things were horribly slow. We didn’t get our first run until the bottom of the eighth, when Matt Stairs doubled in Adrian.
We handed our narrow lead to Heath Bell in the top of the ninth, which turned out to be a not-so-good idea. I know that Heath’s our closer and all, but he makes me sooooo nervous, and if I was Buddy Black, I would not have trusted him with that lead.
I know that all closers blow one every once in a while…but still.
Last night Heath came very, very close to getting himself out of the mess that he had got himself into in the first place. In every single save opportunity, he always allows baserunners. He lets things get too close. He’s gotta learn that that’s just not going to cut it. He keeps being such a daredevil and this time it really came back to bite him. He blew the save, allowed the tying run (though he didn’t really have any help from his defense), and sent us into extra innings.
Extra innings. Personally, they annoy me like crazy because then that means I have to stay up later and later. Last night I listened to the tenth, but then just went to bed. So it wasn’t until this morning that I found out how the game ended, but I’m so glad that we won!
In the bottom of the 13th, with two outs, Jerry Hairston hit the first pitch he saw right out of the park for a walk-off home run. So cool!!!
Obviously, it was really great to win the series, and against the Cardinals too! I was kind of apprehensive going into this series because I knew that we had always been dominated by the Cardinals. But this has been pretty easy. I thought we would be having a slugfest going here or something, but St. Louis has only scored one run in 21.5 innings. HAHAHAHA!
It feels really good to be winning against a team like this.
And we’ve still got our first-place lead! Plus, we’re going for a sweep today. Things are looking good in Padres baseball.
I was pretty upset after our horrible loss on Monday, but thankfully, my boys went back out there and were able to take the next two games against the Florida Marlins.
On Tuesday, Jon Garland had a really good game. I was super glad that he actually threw well and didn’t give up that many runs. He went six innings and gave up only one run on three hits. But the cool thing was that he struck out ten batters. I was very pleased by that.
That was a great 4-1 win by the boys.
Yesterday, the Marlins got a lot of runs off of Kevin Correia early. They got two in the bottom of the first, then one each in the bottom of the next two innings. He was okay…I mean, he got the win, but he could have been a little more solid. Oh well.
Jerry Hairston Jr. drove one in, then David Eckstein hit a three-run double. Adrian singled one in. And just like that, we were winning 5-4.
Have I ever mentioned that we have an amazing bullpen? Well, we do. Man they’re good. Edward Mujica, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams. These guys are seriously solid, and I think they’re extremely underrated.
One thing that I really enjoyed about yesterday’s game was that I got to watch it!! MLB.TV gave it to us for free for that one game, and I loved it! I loved being able to finally see my boys play. I hadn’t seen them at all yet this season, except for the highlight videos, so it was very cool.
On that note, I got to see Clay Hensley pitching against us, which was really cool. Well, it wasn’t cool that he got six strikeouts against us, but man it was good to see him again. I loved having that guy here in San Diego, and I miss him 😦
Obviously, you cannot give Heath Bell only a one-run lead. It’s not safe, and it’s not good for any of the Padres fans’ nerves. Not good at all. So, I was really really thankful when Yorvit Torrealba hit a home run in the top of the eighth to give Heath a little more cushion. Watching that thing brought on memories of a Torrealba homer against us. Shudder. I’m so glad that he’s on our side now.
Heath came in and had to make things very interesting, but thankfully, he got out of it and we won the game, along with our fourth series win in a row. We’re doing okay. Not the best, but we’re still up there and we’re still playing very well.
We still have our one-game lead in the NL West, which is still so sweet. I love just knowing that we’re on top of the division. We’re doing very well. I’m soooo excited about these boys!!
But now I’d like to talk about a few people who aren’t doing so well right now. Like Jake Peavy. Ever since he left San Diego and went to the White Sox, he has not been doing well. He was okay last year, but he was hurt. Now, this year, he’s been really, really bad.
Trevor Hoffman has three saves in seven opportunities. His ERA is 13.00 in nine games. He’s kind of pretty much failing in Milwaukee.
Do you see a pattern here? These guys both left San Diego on really bad terms. Both are struggling like crazy. I think this just goes to show that those who leave San Diego on such bad terms will not do well elsewhere. I’m just saying…
That leads into the fact that the Brewers are coming into town, dragging Trevor behind them. Well, not really. But Trev has not been doing well at all, and it would not surprise me if the Brewers put somebody else out there in a save situation. But, of course, there will be no save situations for the Brewers in this series. My boys are going to dominate.
I think the Brewers should trade Trevor back to us. If they don’t want him blowing games for them all the time, why not take him off their hands?
Anyways, it’s going to be a very interesting series, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see my boys get home and dominate!
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Yesterday was a great day for Padres fans and all of San Diego. It was Opening Day, it was raining (sort of), and it was so much fun that I could be laughing my head off right now if I really wanted to. Because my Padres, at Petco Park, that pitcher’s park as it’s so often called, scored 17 runs. 17. Yeah, you read that right.
The start of the season on the road wasn’t that great, and definitely not what I was expecting. But then, once we get home in front of a home crowd of 42,843, things really turned on. I think the boys were a little frustrated about their start and everything really came out yesterday.
To start it off, Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem and Phillip Rivers threw out the first pitch. I’ve heard a lot of theories that one or both of these people sparked out offensive bombing.
Then, as I talked about in yesterday’s entry, Kevin Correia went out there and threw amazingly solid. If he hadn’t been on his game like he was yesterday, things would not have been as pretty. But as it was, he was incredible. He threw 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs, two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Doesn’t look like much, but he was solid.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, we had already scored a run on a Nick Hundley single in the second. But in that fourth inning, things really clicked for the Padres as they sent the Braves’ pitchers down the drain.
It all started with a Chase Headley double, a Will Venable single (then steal of second), and a Nick Hundley walk. I was very excited because we had bases loaded with NO outs, and we just had to get some runs in that inning. If only I’d known.
After that, T-Gwynn walked to drive in our second run. Up next was Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher, and guess what he did? He hit a two-run single!! I was laughing, it was so funny. I mean, you wouldn’t expect the pitcher to come up and actually help himself out, but that’s what happened!
Kyle Blanks doubled in two guys, and then Chase Headley singled in Kyle. Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Kevin Correia finally ended the inning by striking out. All in all, we scored ten runs and got seven hits in that fourth inning. And it was only the fourth inning!
In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer. It was about this time when I realized that Will Venable had had three hit so far in the game: a single, a triple, and a home run. And then I started getting really excited. Like breathing-hard-overwhelmed-with-excitedness excited. Like it could be actually possible that the Padres would get their first ever cycle.
Well, it didn’t happen. Turns out that both Will and Kyle were one hit away at the end, and neither of them got it. But that’s okay. I know (at least I’m hoping) that we will hit for a cycle someday. Even though it’s already been 40 years and it hasn’t happened. It will.
Even though they didn’t reach that goal, they both had incredible nights at the plate. Kyle Blanks had three hits and drove in five runs. Will had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored four runs. Other standouts in this game are David Eckstein, who had three hits, and Chase Headley and Nick Hundley, who each had two hits.
Overall, it was an incredible game. We were 10-for-17 with runners in scoring positon. And hey, we had 19 hits and 17 runs. IT WAS SUCH A SWEET GAME!!!
Another thing that was super exciting for me was when the Latest Leaders list for MLBlogs came out yesterday. I’m #10 on the list!!!
I’m sooooo excited!!! It was totally unexpected and completely uplifting. I’ve been blogging here for almost two years now, and the closest I’d ever been to the top of the list was #15. I’ve always been okay with wherever I was on the list, but it’s just really cool to know that people are reading my stuff and enjoying it too!
I know that I owe big thanks to a few people whose influence is definitely part of this ranking. Gaslamp Ball has been linking my entries on their blog for a while now, and I know that that’s helped me a lot. Thanks so much guys!! RJ’s Fro has also been linking by entries, and I know that that’s had a lot of influence too. I am so grateful to you guys! Thanks so much!!
Thank you also to websites that I’m not aware of who are linking my blog. It always excites me to discover you guys, and thanks so much!
And a HUGE thank you to all my readers. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t even have a purpose for blogging here. Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today. I have a blast doing this, and I hope you love reading and I much as I love putting all this together. THANK YOU!!!!!
The Padres have an off-day in the middle of the series, which is a little odd, but I guess they deserve it after that amazing game yesterday. Man, we scored 17 runs!! So cool.
That’s my boys.
We played the Rockies on Tuesday and it was an interesting game. Very interesting.
First off, I still can’t stand it when we play the Rockies. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it has to do with the fact that half the guys are still on the team that was in that Game 163. And for some reason, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget that game. So it’s weird to be playing them.
Second of all, Kevin Correia wasn’t the sharpest. He gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the bottom of the third. Then we got a run in the top of the fourth. But then K-Cor gave up another homer to Chris Iannetta. Then we got a run in the top of the fifth. But then Kevin gave up yet another home run, this time to Troy Tulowitzki. Ugh. By then, the score was 4-2 Rockies. Not good.
But then we found out bats, finally, in the top of the sixth. It was great. Cheadley had a two-run single, Nick Hundley hit a two-run bomb, and Aaron Cunningham hit a triple. Anwyays, we scored five runs to take a 7-4 lead.
Edward Mujica gave up a couple of runs, but the rest of the bullpen was great. We stole three bases. We got fourteen hits. And we won 9-6. It was a goooood game. Great to comeback after that crazy loss on Monday.
Some strange things went on, though. There was a play where Everth Cabrera got caught in a rundown. He was heading for second, the pitcher threw a pitchout, and Everth had to do the old running-back-and-forth-between-first-and-second-while-the-ball-is-being-thrown-over-your-head-back-and-forth game. Well, he finally got caught, but apparently he bumped into Troy Tulowitzki a bit and they exchanged some words and things got a little hot. Thankfully, nothing came out of it. It was just a little werid.
Yesterday we played another great game. It was against the Mariners at night. Chris Young started, and he had a great outing. Six innings, three hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts…yeah, I think he’s ready to go. Wonderful effort by CY last night.
Seattle got their run in the top of the fourth, but the Padres were held scoreless for a very long time (we didn’t get anything until the seventh inning!!). We got out first run, the tying run of the game, on Yorvit Torrealba’s single to drive in Will Venable. Then Oscar Salazar hit this little bloop into right field, where it bounced off of Ichiro’s glove and allowed Everth to score. And that was it.
Eck, Venable, Everth, and Torrealba all had two hits each. Great night for them.
Mark Worrell and Mike Adams each had a scoreless inning. I don’t think I’ve told you how thrilled I am that Worrell is healthy and playing right now. I haven’t heard much talk about him this spring, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in our Opening Day bullpen. He’s been doing fairly well this spring, and I really hope that he’ll be able to help out the club big-time. Well, I guess I should say that he’s been a little better than “fairly well”: he’s yet to give up a run this spring.
Heath Bell closed the game, popout, strikeout, strikeout. Not bad at all.
We’re definitely getting closer to Opening Day, man. Good to see CY with a strong outing, just enough offense, and then the Heater to close things out. Just like old times.
Today we’re playing the White Sox. Wade LeBlanc’s starting. Sweet.
On Saturday we lost 7-4. Jerry Hairston had three hits, though, which is super cool. Jon Garland pitched really well. He went two innings, only allowing one run on two hits. Definitely good to see. On Sunday, the game got rained out.
Yesterday I turned on the radio at about 12:45 and checked XX 1090 to see if the game was going. All I heard was Darren Smith, so I assumed that the game had been rained out again. I’m so stupid. Actually, the radio stations are being stupid. I had completely forgotten that they’re going to be broadcasting most of the games on 1700! That’s really annoying ’cause 1090 was coming in bad enough, and I wonder if I’ll be able to hear the games at all on 1700. Sigh. They’d better keep all the regular season games on 1090, and even better, go back to 105.7. Oh well.
Anyways, so we did play yesterday, even though I didn’t hear it. We played the Rockies and lost 5-4, though we did pretty well. K-Cor started, allowing two runs over three innings. Clayton Richard and Heath Bell had scoreless innings, but Cesar Ramos allowed three runs in his inning.
And look at Chase…that guy’s on fire! He hit a home run yesterday, so now he has two hits so far with three RBIs. Chad Huffman had a two-run double. Matt Antonelli also had an RBI double.
So how does this team look so far? We’re 1-3, but that doesn’t matter a bit. So far, I’m really liking the defense, the baserunning, and the pitching. Our pitchers haven’t been perfect, but they’re doing very well. Things are looking goooood.
In other news, the A’s lost 10-3 to the Cubs, but Kouz still doesn’t have a hit. I know you can do it KOOOOZ!!!!! Miss you!!!!
We signed Kevin Correia to a one-year deal on Saturday, but did not get anything done with Heath Bell, Mike Adams, or Kevin Kouzmanoff…yet.
I am very glad that we will have Correia with us again this year. We signed him to a minor league deal last offseason, but he became one of our most consistent starting pitchers over the season. He became our ace when Jake Peavy was traded. It was great to have him in the rotation and I can’t wait to see what else he’ll do for us next year. Welcome back, Kevin.
But now the Padres have a little work to do: sign Bell, Adams, and Kouzmanoff to contracts for next year +. These guys have just been huge for the Padres in the last few years, and it would be a crying shame to lose any of them. Hopefully, we will be able to get these guys safe and signed up by Christmas. I’m waiting in nervous anticipation for them all to get locked up. I do not want to lose any of them, and I’m probably not going to relax until they’re safely signed. Get on it, front office, and for goodness sakes, don’t trade any of them!
On a different subject, how ’bout them Chargers? They’re on an eight-game winning streak, and I really think that this is our year. I think we’re going to the Super Bowl. It’s gonna be so sweet.
Also, happy one year birthday to Perpetual Padres Saga! It’s been a lot of fun getting to know Hyun Young over the past year and being able to talk Padres with her. Be sure to head over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday!
GO PADRES!! GO CHARGERS!! GO FRONT OFFICE!! KEEP THE KOUZ!!!
What a nasty series. I thought we were supposed to be better than the Diamondbacks!!! Ugh.
Well, at least the first game was amazing. The story of the game was Kevin Correia, new ace. We signed K-Cor in the offseason, and he’s done incrediblely well this year. Sure, he’s had some rough patches, but he’s definitely been a huge positive this year.
On Friday, he went nine innings, allowing no runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. How cool is that?? He was amazing!! That was definitely one of his best starts this year. Wow. He really held down the Diamondbacks. Great job, Kevin. Great job.
We got four runs on nine hits, but K-Cor didn’t even need that much. We won 4-0!
Buuuut then things kind of went downhill. In the second game of the series, we were right in it…until Chad Tracy hit a grand slam. It was not good. We got all our momentum sucked out of us as we lost 8-5.
Next game was pretty much the same story. We were right it, even coming from behind, but the Diamondbacks got some late big hits and won the game 7-4.
What on earth is up with the Diamondbacks beating us? It’s all very strange. I mean, we’re a better team than Arizona. And yet they pretty much dominated us in the last two games. Weird.
Instant replay was used for the first time in a Padres game yesterday. It was kind of cool, but the call went against us. Oh well.
Dude, there’s only FIVE games left in the Padres’ season!! I am soooo sad!! I’m going to miss my boys like crazy. BUT I am so thankful that I get to go to one more Padres game tomorrow. It will be my fifth game of the season, which is super cool for me because my favorite number is five (because of Kouz, obviously). Hopefully, it will be my fifth win of the season. That would be epic.
Speaking of my baby, check out this section from the AP:
San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has missed the last 17 games with thigh and back injuries, went through a full pregame workout Sunday. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he started Tuesday,” manager Bud Black.
AHHHHHHHHHHHH YES!!!!! I think I’m going to cry when he’s announced tomorrow. Oh goodness, I miss him sooooo much!! Yeah, I’m totally going to cry. It’s going to be sooo much fun to see him out there on the field tomorrow.
Something rather sad entered my mind yesterday. It may be a tough offseason again. Kouz might be on the trading block. And believe me, if you thought my reactions to Trevor and Jake’s departures were bad, you can’t imagine what it would be like if Kouz got traded. Oh man. Let’s just pray that the Padres see enough worth in Kouz to stick with him. I need my #5!!!