Kevin Kouzmanoff has been gone from the Padres for about four months. I haven’t really dedicated an entry to him at all since the season started, so I’d like to update you all on how he’s been doing over with the A’s.
First of all, I really miss him. I think I would probably miss him even more if my Padres weren’t doing so well. I mean, if we were down in the cellar, I would be a lot more upset. So far, the Padres have been playing so well that I haven’t really had time to think about my baby. But I still miss him like crazy.
On Friday, I’m going to my first game of the year, which also marks my first Padres game since Kouz got traded. It’s going to be very sad not to have him there. I LOVE going to games, but I was always extra excited about it because I would get to see Kouz. It’s going to be very sad without him there.
Kouz has been doing very well with Oakland. I’m just really glad that he didn’t leave and then completely bomb like some other people who left San Diego did (*cough Trevor and Jake cough*).
Right now he’s hitting .265 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. But on the defensive side, he already has four errors. Last year he had three total. I think he’s really provided a lot to Oakland, and for that I’m thankful.
I think I would also miss him a lot more if Chase was a total bust at third for us. But as it is, he’s been pretty decent, and I’m thankful for that too.
I do miss him a lot though. It’s so sad that he had to leave. But no matter what, this dude will always be my number one favorite baseball player. I’m going to be out there on Friday night with my special Kouzmanoff jersey, and maybe I’ll even break out a picture of Kouz to put on my sleeve. I know that it’s going to be a special night. Since we’re playing against the Nationals, I’m really hoping that we’ll get a big win. The Nationals actually aren’t doing too bad this season, but still.
But first, we’ve got the Cardinals to deal with. I think this is going to be a huge series. By the way, I’m really really glad that we were able to come back and win the series over the weekend over the Mariners. We like NEVER win a series against the Mariners, or any Interleague games for that matter, so I was really, really glad we were able to get that. Plus, we got our one-run first-place lead back, so we’re good. But the Cards are going to be an extremely tough team to beat. I think. Looking at the records alone, we are actually very close. It’s going to be a very well-matched series, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top. Hopefully, it will be my Padres!
I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great week of Padres baseball.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
Okay, so I was shocked that we were able to win two in a row. Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks was amazing! We won 5-0, and it was just a great game. I was thrilled that we finally won our first series of the year. It was about time! I was very happy that we were able to get the series, and I would have been content with that. But my boys weren’t. They wanted to get all three, and guess what? They did!
This is the team who was 3-6 coming into this weekend’s series. They had yet to win a series at all. Things were not clicking for them at all, and then suddenly, they came out and won three games. It’s seriously unbelievable. I’m so amazed at this turnaround!
Sure, it was only one series, but we won all three games in that series. The first game was a huge come-from-behind-walk-off win. The second one was a dominating shutout. And the third…my goodness, that was a game to remember.
Wade LeBlanc was called up on Saturday night to take Chris Young’s start. Speaking of Chris Young, things are not looking good. Sigh.
Wade had an amazing spring and was really impressive. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room for him on the major league team, but he was sent down to Triple-A with the promise that he would be back up in the majors in no time. We hate to see a guy like CY go down so quickly, and Wade was definitely up here faster than he thought he would be. Still, it’s a good thing that we do have guys like Wade who are great pitchers and can come up anytime we need them.
Wade threw five innings, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks, and struck out seven. Talk about an incredible outing, that’s what Wade gave us yesterday. Man, he was sooo good! I think that was the best outing by any starting pitcher so far this season. He’s got a beautiful ERA of 1.80.
The Diamondbacks got a run in the top of the first and another one in the top of the sixth off of Edward Mujica. But in the bottom of the seventh, my boys found their bats.
Scotty Hairston hit a solo homer to start the inning. BANG! We’ve got our first run on the board.
Two outs later, Everth Cabrera singled and stole second. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled, sending Everth home to tie the game. Adrian was intentionally walked, which brought up Chase Headley.
Chase hit the ball way out into left-center field. Jerry and Adrian scored, and the throw from the outfield was caught by nobody. Chase kept chugging around the bases, and with nobody covering home and the baseball somewhere around the mound, he scored the fifth run of the inning. I’d call in an inside-the-park home run, since it’s been a super long time since we had one of those, but it was ruled a double and an error. Oh well. Still, it was an amazing hit and play.
Complete domination. I love that we were able to be at home and sweep the team that took two out of three in our opening series. We seriously dominated, and it was soo much fun to see!
I’d like to talk a little bit about how the NL West is shaping up so far. It’s actually been very interesting to watch all the teams in it, ’cause it’s been very different than the past few years have been.
The Giants have been on top since the season started. They’re 8-4 right now. In the middle, we have the Rockies, Dodgers, and the Padres all at 6-6. Arizona’s at the bottom with a record of 5-7. What has been really interesting to me is that the Dodgers have been matching the Padres almost exactly.
I don’t know how the NL West is going to play out, but as always, it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the season.
I’m so proud of my boys. It was amazing what they were able to do this weekend, and I really really hope that they keep it going!
We’ll be playing the Giants for three games here at home. This could be a crucial series between the two teams. I’m really excited about my boys, and I hope that they are able to keep dominating.
I have a confession to make.
When the Padres were down by three in the fifth inning, I honestly didn’t think that we were going to win the game.
Oh me of little faith. The Padres proved me wrong, and I am very glad that they did.
Jon Garland started the game, but I am becoming more and more unimpressed with him. He’s really really slow and he seems to give up a lot of runs and walks. Last night, I guess you could say that he did okay. But he did get off the hook because we were able to win the game. He went five innings, allowing four hits and three runs with five walks, including the very first batter of the game and one with the bases loaded. Like, what on earth are you doing, right?
Not impressed with this guy at all. He got a no-decision last night, but he’s got a nifty little ERA of 5.40 and has two losses. Whatever happened to the guy who was going to be an inning-eater for us? I’m not liking Jon Garland. He really needs to get things together ASAP.
So, the Diamondbacks got three runs in the top of the third. I didn’t think my boys would be able to come back from that. You want to know why? I think it was because of Thursday’s game. We got behind early and never came close to the Braves. Hey, it happened on Thursday, so why would things be different a day later?
But I forgot that every day is a new game. Just because things were one way in one game doesn’t mean that they’ll be the same in the next. And I shouldn’t have given up on my boys.
When I got up this morning, I thought, “Wouldn’t it just be so funny if the Padres actually won?” A few minutes later, I looked at the front page of the sports section, and sure enough, we actually won!
I don’t know what inning it was, but Chase Headley made a really bad error at third. Since I’m going to be showering him with praises later, I think I can rip into him a little. Or at least lament the departure of Kouz.
Kouz would have made that play. It was one of those that you just groan at as it slips past the fielder. Thankfully, Kyle Blanks was able to get to it and catch the runner at second. But still. That kind of hit should not be getting past our starting third baseman. Chase has definitely been shaky at third so far. He’s already got four errors. You know how many errors Kouz had last year in the entire season? Three. That’s right. In the ENTIRE season. Sigh. I want my boy back 😦
So, strange as it seems, Chase has got a lot to live up to at San Diego’s third base. He’s in the shadow of an amazing fielder, who was honored by the Hall of Fame itself because of his stunning defense. And, I won’t approve of anything less than the caliber of Kouz at our third base. Chase is not going to get any praise from me about his defense, ’cause he’s got quite the shoes to fill. He’s still got to prove himself there.
Okay, enough ripping into Chase. I’d really like to praise Kyle Blanks now. Do you know what he did? He threw out two runners who were trying to stretch a single into a double. TWO!! That’s just so cool. And now people will be more hesitant to run wildly on our outfield. Great job, Kyle!!
In the bottom of the seventh, Nick Hundley grounded out to drive in our first run (finally). In the bottom of the eighth, Kyle Blanks walked with the bases loaded, which drove in our second run.
Then came the bottom of the ninth. One last chance for us to come back and win the game.
Nick Hundley started it off with a walk, then was sacrificed over to second by Jerry Hairston Jr. An out later, David Eckstein, who had three hits on the night, double Nick in to tie the game. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. That brought up Chase Headley.
Walk-off three-run homer. So sweet.
Here’s the part where I get to shower Chase with praise. I do have to say, he really redeemed himself at the end there. It was a no-doubt-about-it, and I think everyone was really happy that the game was finished right there and then. I really hope that we don’t have to have too much of this extra inning stuff this year.
Chase has really been on fire with the bat all spring. Even in Spring Training he was doing great. I’m very glad to see that it’s carried over to the regular season. So far he’s batting a cool .381 with 16 hits. He’s definitely looking great at the plate, and I’m so thrilled at how well he’s doing. I still want Kouz though.
Well, how ’bout my boys? They fought back last night after being shut down for most of the game. They were able to pull off a huge win. Our record is now 4-6, but it’s early in the season. We’ve got a long way to go, starting tonight against the Diamondbacks.
Kevin Correia is starting against Kris Benson.
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Argh. Things are not going quite as planned. I know, I know, baseball is extremely unpredictable and it’s not like we can really plan where the Padres season is going to go, but this is still frustrating.
Try a 3-6 start. Sure, we’ve won three amazing games. But we’ve lost six horrible ones. We’ve yet to win a series for goodness sakes!! We lost our third in a row yesterday.
In thinking about this team, I came up with two things that are definitely wrong with this team right now: 1, the pitching. 2, the hitting.
1. Failfailfail pitching. That’s what we’ve got right now. With the first couple pitches of the game from Mat Latos, I thought he was actually going to be pretty good. But suddenly, he had thrown like 30 pitches and allowed a run already. Let me be the first to tell you, Mat, 4.2 innings and three runs is not going to cut it. 93 pitches, man? Oh dear.
Later in the game, Mike Adams came in and gave up three runs. Thanks a lot, Mike. That really helps.
Sooo we eventually lost 6-2.
2. But guess what? We had many many many many opportunities to score some runs and maybe win the game. How ’bout this? We left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded at least twice.
We did get a solo home run from Will Venable, and an RBI double from Matt Stairs, but hey, the Braves got six runs and we got two.
We need to hit a little more, boys. I would really appreciate it if you’d score some runs every once in a while too. Thank you.
Did you know that we’ve only scored three runs since our 17-run outburst on Monday? That’s so horrible that it’s disgusting.
I guess I could blame in on the pitchers that we’ve been facing, but I have to say, these guys that we’ve been playing against have seemed like very solid pitchers. Even though I could place the blame on those pitchers, I don’t want to. My boys are the problem here. They’re the ones who need to find a way to get to any pitcher. They’re the ones who need to get the hits and score the runs and win the games. The opposing pitcher is not an excuse, and I will not be happy at all if my boys use that. No excuses. These hitters have a job to do, and right now, it’s not happening.
So, here’s what I want from this team, TONIGHT. No time to lose, guys. I want you to go out there and pitch really, really well. And I don’t mean like six innings two runs good. I want you to be impenetrable. Yes, I mean you, Jon Steven Garland. You’ve got an 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA. Please please pretty please be better than that. We seriously need a win here.
Hitters, you’ve got a job to do. Get on base. Knock in some runs. It’s pretty simple. Just go out there and do it.
Come on, boys. I know you’re better than this.
I had a very busy weekend, so I wasn’t able to write about the games then. As a result, I think I’m like five games behind. So I’m not going to recap each one in detail, but I will talk about some highlights and news.
I guess the most exciting thing is that we are on a six-game winning streak. We have won 13 out of our last 15, which is amazing. We started out the spring not-so-great, but we’ve really picked it up and look where we are right now: a week away from Opening Day. I can’t believe how fast this spring has gone!!! It’s amazing.
The team is shaping up incredibly. I’ve never seen the team this good in the spring. And it’s not just the hitting or the pitching: it’s the hitting, the pitching, the defense, the relief, the bench, the baserunning. We’re amazing! I’ve never seen the team this sharp and so defined so soon.
Jon Garland is going to be our Opening Day starter against the Diamondbacks in Arizona a week from tonight. He’ll be followed by Chris Young, Kevin Correia, and…we’re not exactly sure yet. But it’ll most likely be Clayton Richard and Mat Latos.
A bunch of guys got sent down the other day, and I’d like to acknowledge a few of them for their outstanding springs.
First, Matt Antonelli. Matt has been struggling a lot in the past few years, but he came out this spring and played amazingly. He hit .378 with 14 hits and eight RBIs.
If he hadn’t had this good of a spring, I think the Padres might have given up on him. But he played really, really well, and I’m super excited to see him later in the season. There’s no doubt that he’s going to be up here sometime, maybe sooner than later. I mean, Eck’s our starting second baseman, and I don’t want his job taken away because he’s an incredible baseball player, but it’s good to know that we have Matt in case Eck gets hurt or sometime. Last year, we didn’t have a backup second baseman. Now we do. If we don’t keep David Eckstein after this season, I would feel very comfortable having Matt as our starting second baseman next year.
The second guy I’d like to acknowledge is Aaron Cunningham. We got this kid in the Kevin
Kouzmanoff trade (sniff sniff), but thankfully, he’s been really, really good. We got a good deal for Kouz, that’s for sure. He did excellently this spring. Check out the numbers: 12 hits, six RBIs, eight walks, seven stolen bases, .286 average, plus he was an amazing defender out there in the outfield. I loved watching this kid because he’s young, he’s energetic, and he’s really shown that he can play this spring. I can’t wait to see him up here in the majors later in the year. I think this is the kind of guy who could become a fan-favorite up here. I really do, ’cause I love him already.
The cool thing about all the guys who were sent down, including Mark Worrell, Luis Durango, Logan Forsythe, and Dusty Ryan, is that they’re almost certainly coming back up during the season. This isn’t as much of a demotion as, hey, go down there, keep working hard, and we’ll have you back up before you know it. Logan, Luis, Matt, and Aaron have the potential to become stars with the Padres, and I think the organization has high hopes for these guys, maybe as high as the fans have. I’m really excited about all of these guys. It’s going to be sooo much fun to watch them when they’re up here.
Just knowing that these guys are going to be coming up the majors later in the season would give me hope for the season. But we don’t just have that: we’ve got an amazing group of guys that are going to be in the majors all year. You can’t believe how excited I am to see my boys go out there and play some real ball. I can’t wait to see how good they’re going to be. We don’t know how good they’re going to be, but we know that they’re not going to stink. I don’t see how anyone could think that this season is going to be a bust. Sure, we might not be the best, but we’re going to be good. Really, really good. I can’t wait until it’s real, you know? We’re ready to go.
I keeping a very open mind about this season. I know that we’re going to be good, but I’m not looking for championship. I’m just going to take one game at a time and go from there.
One player that I’m really excited about seeing for the whole season is Chase Headley. I don’t know what happened, but he’s thrived this spring. He has been on fire. I don’t want to believe that the switch back to third had anything to do with it, but maybe it did. I don’t know. He’s hitting .293 with 17 hits and 21 RBIs. He’s really been on fire, and it would be great if he could stay like this for most of the season.
By the way, my boys have 46 stolen bases so far on the spring. Isn’t that incredible? The only team anywhere close would be the Washington Nationals with 35. But man…who would have thought that the SAN DIEGO PADRES would be leading the majors in stolen bases??
Tonight we’re playing the Diamondbacks, which is a bit of a coincidence because we’re going to be playing them again a week from tonight on the bigger stage. I’m soooo excited!!!
Regular season, here we come.
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What a great weekend of Padres baseball. We are now officially two weeks away from Opening Day, and this team is looking amazing. Just take a look at these past few games.
On Friday we played the Dodgers for the first time of the spring, and we whupped them. Not too bad, of course, but good enough: 9-4.
Bwahaha, it was a great game. Chris Young allowed a few baserunners in the top of the first, but he was able to get out of it without allowing anything. Hiroki Kuroda, starting for the Dodgers, was not so lucky. Kyle Blanks singled in Eck, who had walked. Chase tripled in Kyle. So sweet.
But CY ran into a little trouble in the top of the second, givine up two runs to allow the Dodgers to tie the game. They got another one off of Chris in the top of the fourth. CY left the game after four solid innings: he allowed seven hits, three runs, and three walks. He also struck out three batters. Chris has always had really bad springs, but he’s not looking too bad this year at all. It’s just good to see him on the mound at all!
In the bottom of the fourth, Will Venable hit a solo home run, his tenth hit of the spring so far.
The Dodgers fought back again by getting a run in the top of the seventh, but the Padres pulled off a six-run bottom of the seventh highlighted by a Chris Denorfia triple, a Tony Gwynn single, an Oscar Salazar double, a Matt Antonelli single, and a Dusty Ryan three-run homer. It was a great inning!
On the pitching side, Adam Russell, Heath Bell, and Greg Burke had scoreless outings. Mike Adams gave up a run, but he ended up with the win. Joe Thatcher closed out the game.
That was an amazing game, not just because we won 9-4, but because it was against the Dodgers. It’s always really cool to beat LA, no matter what context.
On Saturday, we played two games: A 4-1 win against the White Sox in the afternoon, and then another win against the Dodgers, 5-1, that night.
The game against the White Sox was a pitcher’s duel between Mat Latos and Mark Buehrle. It was so amazing! Mat threw five full innings, only allowing one run on two hits. I’m telling you, this kid could be the next Jake Peavy. Man he’s good.
All the starters in our lineup got at least one hit except Nick Hundley. We got our first couple runs in the top of the fourth. Then we got one in the seventh and one in the ninth.
Aaron Cunningham went 3-for-4, and let me tell you, this guy has really put on a show this spring. He’s been outstanding! We got him from the A’s in the Kouz trade, and though I’m still not happy that we had to lose the Kouz, I have to admit that the guys we got back are very, very good and may have a huge impact on this club. So that’s good. But I still wish we had Kouz 😦
Stauffer and Mujica pitched after Latos and pitched very, very well.
The second game of the day, which was technically split-squad, was also amazing. Wade LeBlanc was also incredible, and I’d say that he was a little better than Mat Latos. Wade only gave up one run on one hit, while Mat gave up two hits. Oh dear. Mat needs to work on that.
But seriously, Wade was ohmygoodness amazing. He threw five innings, one hit, one run, one walk, three strikeouts. SO GOOD!!!
We had a four-run second inning in which Yorvit Torrealba singled in a run and Matt Antonelli hit a three-run homer. Have I told you how glad I am that we have Yorvit Torrealba? That guy was so good with the Rockies, especially against us, and I’m soo happy that we finally don’t have to have him as an enemy anymore. I think he was the guy who had like two ninth-inning run-driving-in-hits against Heath two nights in a row and I was there for the second one and I was furious against Heath and Yorvit. And I mean FURIOUS. It was not pretty. Thankfully, we were able to win that game in extras. I shudder to think of what might have happened if we hadn’t.
Anyway, I’m very very very very happy to have Yorvit on our side.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run, which was sweet. Kyle Blanks went 4-for-4, which is even more sweet. And, we won another game against the Dodgers. It doesn’t get much better than that.
By the way, there was a huge crowd at the game: 13,506. Wow.
What’s more, we won yet another game yesterday afternoon. This time the Rangers were our victims, and we sure victimized them. Final score? 14-5 us. Ha.
Sean Gallagher started the game, and though he wasn’t the best, thank goodness that his offense is on fire right now. He allowed five runs in the top of the third, but otherwise, he threw four innings, allowed five hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out two. But here’s another thing: the Rangers only got one more hit in the entire game after Gallagher left. So that was good.
In the bottom of the fourth, we got six runs. Will Venable led off with a double. Nick Hundley grounded out, sending Will to third. Chris Denorfia tripled Will in. We then got three straight walks, the third of which was with the bases loaded. Thus, we got another run. T. Gwynn grounded out, giving us yet another run. And then, the big blow: Jerry Hairston to the Jr. hit a three-run homer. YES!!
In the bottom of the eighth, like all the starters were replaced by guys that I’ve never even heard of. But good for them to get eight runs.
We finished the game with 14 runs and 16 hits. We have now evened our spring record at 9-9. I think that’s great. We’re on a five-game winning streak. I know it doesn’t mean anything, but it sure is good to see this team doing well and winning some games. See? I told you there was nothing to worry about.
You know what else is great? Jeff Moorad is almost ready to purchase the next part of the Padres. I’m so happy. He’s brought so much good to this club, and I can’t wait to see how it will all play out.
We’re playing the Diamondbacks today. Clayton Richard’s starting.
I’m super excited about Padres baseball right now. We’re looking great, and it’s two weeks from today that we’ll finally open the regular season. I’m SOOOOOO excited!!!
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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!!!!