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Sloooooooooow Off-Day

I seriously have nothing to blog about today. I’ve been wracking my brain for something interesting to write about, but it’s not happening. Off-days, you know…

Ah ha!

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Baseball crackers!!! How fascinating is that.

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Haha.

We’re playing the Dodgers today in Dodger Stadium. Wade LeBlanc will start and hopefully do a great job. Hopefully our bats will still be hot and our gloves crisp. Hopefully we will be able to pound the Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!

Gonna Be Great

Yesterday, a measly crowd of 14,468 came out on a beautiful San Diego afternoon to watch the Padres sweep the Nationals. Oh yeah, school’s back in. Usually there are a lot of school groups out there on a day like that, but maybe not so much anymore. Still, a terribly pathetic crowd.

But regardless of who was in the stands, the Padres played one great game to finish off the sweep. Sure, it was the Nationals, but a sweep is a sweep, right? May 22-24 was the last time we had a sweep, so I think it was definitely good.

Kevin Correia went 7.2 innings yesterday in probably one of his best starts as a Padre. He only allowed three hits, and that was it. He walked two and struck out five. At one point, he retired 19 batters in a row. He was amazing!! I was so glad. He hadn’t been the best in his last few starts, but he put out quite an effort yesterday, earning his 10th win. Great job, K-Cor!!

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The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. After two quick outs, Everth legged out an infield single. Eck singled. Then Adrian hit a double to drive both of them in. Kouz was intentionally walked (not exactly a good idea. Believe me, its proven). Naturally, Chase then hit a two-run double to give the Padres a 4-0 lead. Will Venable singled to drive in Chase. Remember, we got all that with two outs!! Thus, we had a five-run fifth.

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ecabhead.jpgIn the sixth, Drew Macias singled to start off the inning. He got moved all the way over to third before Eck drove him in with a double.

In the eighth, Kouz grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, but it scored our seventh and last run. Yay Kouz!!

Edward Mujica had to rescue Correia out of a bases loaded situation in the eighth, so he went 1.1 innings. He allowed only one hit, so the Nationals had four hits on the day. I’m blaming it on our pitchers, though. They were gooooood.

We got the sweep!! We are now only 20.5 games behind. We’re playing the Dodgers this weekend. Bring it on.

postgame-hug.jpgThis team did it again. I am sooooo proud of them!! This is just so cool, and I think we can definitely beat LA this weekend. It’s gonna be great.

GO PADRES!!   

Beyond Belief

Off-days. Ugh.

So as I sit here wracking my brain to find something to write about, I’ll just write about what I thought about writing about. Never mind. Off-days do strange things to the brain. Or maybe it’s the heat.

joshhamiltonbook.jpgWhen I was on the first vacation four weeks ago, I was talking to my sister on the phone at the Dulles airport while my flight was delayed. She asked me if I had bought anything for myself, and I realized that I hadn’t. But I knew of something that I could get for myself at the Borders across the way. It was Josh Hamilton’s book, Beyond Belief. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and I thought, might as well get it. I read the first chapter on the way home, but put it down for a week or so once I got home.

Fast forward to two weeks later, when I left on vacation again, this time with my family. We had a lot of spare time when we were up there, so I pulled out the book again and finished it there.

It was amazing!! It was very well-written, and the story really grabbed me in. I thought the story of his addiction to drugs was masterfully written. It really showed what was going through his mind at the time, and how it was affecting him, his friends and family, and his baseball career. This story is just amazing. I loved how it showed that recovering from something like this isn’t easy. It seems that in the media (songs, TV, movies), recovery from something like drugs is easy. You just stop, and then it’s happily ever after. But that’s not the way it happens in real life. Josh had to fight against his cravings every day. He was set back quite a few times. With the amount of terrible drugs he put into his body, he should have died. 

It’s a great story of redemption. When he finally got back into baseball with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays, his teammates didn’t support him. They just kind of stood back while the media crowded around Josh. But when Josh made his way to the Rangers, at his very first press conference, three of the most prominent Rangers players were there to support him.

It’s an incredible book, and I would highly recommend it. What a great story.

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My project for the week is writing fanmail to a lot of the Padres players. I’ve never sent fanmail before (except to Trevor with the Brewers), so this is really cool for me. I’m probably writing to 10-15 players this week. Yesterday I did Kouz (of course) and David Eckstein. Each letter is going to be different depending on the player. For Kouz, I told him a lot of the stories of my interactions with him, like the day I became such a big fan of him. This is a really exciting project for me. Who knows if the players will ever read them, but it’s cool to support them like this!

So, the Padres are in Atlanta for three games against the Braves this week. Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Jair Jurrjens. I really hope Mat can get things together and pitch a great game. 

GO PADRES!!  

Epically Long Entry

I’m stealing Jen’s title. Because I can’t think of a better way to describe this entry 🙂

Saturday was amazing. Absolutely amazing. The day itself was pretty miserable, since it was boiling hot in my house and I was watching the minutes go by, but once I got to Petco Park, all that was forgotten. I had a great, great time at the ballpark 🙂

I got to Petco just before the gates opened at 5:00 pm. Jen and her friend Courtney were right outside the gates, and Kylie was already in line. She slipped out, though, and she was really really hyper. It was pretty funny. Hyun Young arrived just as the gates were opening, so we got in right away.

We headed up to the concourse and then split ways. Jen had to cheer for the Rockies in this game (thanks Tom) and Kylie of course is a Rockies fan, so they headed off to the Rockies dugout. Hyun Young and I went to see our Padres. We walked down the stairs towards the field, and what do you know, there’s already a player signing. I just had to smile when I saw who it was.

IMG_5398.JPGFirst of all, Eck’s on the DL. He doesn’t need to be out there signing for the fans. He should be hiding out in the clubhouse recovering. But this guy was out there signing for the fans!! So within five minutes of entering the stadium, Hyun Young had the autograph of her favorite player. Eck was sooo nice. He made eye contact with every person he signed for, asked how they were doing, and smiled at them. What a guy!!

Padres BP was pretty interesting. I wasn’t really watching where all the balls went, but I’m pretty sure that it was pretty lame. At least, compared to Colorado’s batting practice. But it was cool to see the players walking around. But…I had a hard time figuring out who they all were. I saw Chad Gaudin, and I reconized the guys in the cage, but all the dudes in the outfield I had no idea. Oh well.

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Dude behind the screen juggling baseballs.

Now, Tom was supposed to be at this game, but things just didn’t work out this time. I can’t say that I really did anything special for him, like Jen and Kylie were doing with their voicemails and all that. But he should be proud that I recognized a Rockies player during batting practice and even tried to take a picture of him. Tom’s been talking about Todd Helton and his 2000th hit picture for a looong time. So, here’s my lame attempt at a picture of Helton.

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We definitely missed you, Tom. I hope you can make it out next time 🙂

OK, so during Rockies batting practice, Hyun Young and I went to get our programs. There was this amazing usher at the top of our section. She asked if we got any autographs and obsessed over Eck. She was so nice!! Every time she saw us, she smiled and waved. It was really cool.  

We got our 5 for $5 meals, which I forgot to take a picture of again. The hot dog was amazing, the lemonade was amazing, and that cookie is like the best cookie I have ever eaten. I would easily buy five of those for $5. Wow. I even ate the popcorn, though I don’t like popcorn, but hey, Rockies BP was pretty boring so I needed something to do 🙂

After dinner, we went back down by the field. The players were going to start coming out to stretch, and I wanted to be down there to get autographs. Plus, Mat Latos himself was down there talking to some friends.

IMG_5426.JPGIf you don’t know who Mat Latos is, that’s great, cause I don’t expect you too. But you should know now since I’m going to tell you. Latos is supposedly the next Jake Peavy. He’s the most prized pitching propect in the Padres organization right now. And he made his major league debut yesterday. He was in uniform the night before, though, and met with these people before the game. When Hyun Young and I went down there, we were really close to him, and it was really cool to hear him talk about how he found out he was going to the big leagues and all that. I took a lot of pictures of him, ’cause hey, how often do you get to be that close to a Jake Peavy?

IMG_5429.JPGIt was really cool to see him. He was adjusting his uniform, hardly believing he was in a Padres uniform. And the guy’s just a kid, you know. He really hasn’t spent much time in the minors. It must have been so surreal for him to be there.

Starter Kevin Correia and the pitching coach walked out to the bullpen.

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IMG_5439.JPGAround this time, players started coming out to stretch and get ready for the game. Drew Macias, Will Venable, Kyle Blanks, Everth Cabrera, Tony Gwynn.

Macias started signing, and I got his autograph.

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IMG_5454.JPGThen Edgar Gonzalez came over to sign. I didn’t try to get his autograph that hard, because there were a ton of little kids and he was mostly signing for them. Plus, it was about time for National Anthem and all that good stuff, so I was ready to go back to my seat. But then Edgar left and Kyle Blanks came over, so I got his.

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IMG_5466.JPGHyun Young and I went back to our seats, and the game started. Yay for first pitch!

IMG_5487.JPGIn the first inning, the first batter walked. Two outs later, Brad Hawpe doubled him in. Ugh.

In the bottom of the first though, we got that run back. The first two batters struck out, and they were really frustrated.

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IMG_5511.JPGBut then Adrian walked, Kouz singled, and Will Venable was hit-by-pitch. So, bases loaded. Kyle Blanks walked in the tying run! It was great. Then, Eliezar Alfonso struck out, stranding three. Just great, Alfonso.

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And so, the game went on. Kevin Correia threw six innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He walked four and had two strikeouts. He stuggled early on, but he settled in and had a great outing. He did have a lot of very well-hit balls off of him, though. There were a ton of towering shots that seemed like they would be heading out that our outfielders caught. The guys were busy out there. So overall, a great, great outing for Kevin, and he had a beautiful sac-bunt.

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Kouz is amazing, by the way.

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In the fourth, it was really cool because Correia walked two guys and when one of the guys tried to go for third, he got thrown out! Best thing Alfonso did all night. But the coolest part about it was seeing it unfold in front of my eyes. I knew that the guy going for third was going to be out, because Alfonso had plenty of time. It was great!

In the middle of the fourth, I saw something that I had never seen in San Diego before: Friar Races. Yes, I know you’ve heard about the Sausage Races in Milwaukee, but I bet you’ve never heard of Friar Races. And let me tell you, it was hilarious!! You’ve got these four huge floppy friars, and they’re trying to run. A couple of them tripped, and I think the Swinging Friar came in last. It was soooo funny!! 80’s Friar won 🙂

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In the bottom of the sixth, Kyle Blanks stuck out and Alfonso popped out. Then Edgar Gonzalez came up to the plate. I decided to call my sister, who was also at the game, so I was a bit distracted when I heard this sickening sound and saw Edgar just fall to the ground. Oh man he went down fast. He had been hit in the head with Jason Hammel’s 93-mile-per-hour pitch.

It was terrible. Buddy and the trainer rushed out and Edgar was on the ground for at least five minutes. I just kept saying over and over, “Please let him be OK, please let him be OK, please let him be OK.” The people around me probably thought I was muttering an incantation or something, but I was just praying like crazy. It was soooo scary, and I was on the verge of tears.

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Finally, finally, he sat up. Even from where I was, you could tell that he was dazed. I was just so thankful that he was alive and concious.   

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Then finally an emergency/medical vehicle came and took him off the field. He was able to walk to the vehicle, with help, which was very good.

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I kept thinking about Adrian through this whole time. I thought he was in the dugout, but turns out he saw the whole thing on TV, when he was in the video room. He said that he wanted to get up, but he thought he would collapse if he tried to stand. Man, that would have been terrible if he was in the dugout while it happened. I have siblings, so I can imagine what he was feeling. Oh man. Adrian left the game in the next inning, and I think that was definitely for the best. Adrian needed to be with his brother at the hospital.

After this whole incident, Luis Rodriguez came in to pinch-run for Edgar. Jason Hammel left the game after walking Drew Macias, which is understandable. Hammel hit three guys that night, and he was probably really shaken up after hitting a guy in the head. He wasn’t the only one. I was in shock for a couple innings. Everth Cabrera walked, so we had the bases loaded. Then Tony Gwynn came up and lined a pitch that was destined to go up the middle and drive in some runs. But the pitcher caught it. Grrrrrrrr.

In the seventh inning, Greg Burke had a quick 1-2-3 inning.

Bottom of the seventh, it was showtime.

IMG_5735.JPGChase Headley led off the inning, and he led it off with a bang. Pinch-hitting, he hit a blast to right field to finally break the 1-1 tie. Yahoo!!

Next up was my baby, and of course he doubled to get some momentum. Two outs later, Alfonso finally did something good and singled in Kouz. Yay for an insurance run!!

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IMG_5747.JPGLuke Gregerson pitched the 8th and got two strikeouts.

Josh Fogg pitched the bottom of the eighth just as the fog was rolling in. Well, it looked like fog, but I think it was some smoke from fireworks or something. But it was still kind of creepy. 

We got this alert between the eigth and ninth inning.

IMG_5770.JPGAnd, according to Gameday: “San Diego Padres second baseman Edgar Gonzalez left the game due to an injured head.”

I know that’s not funny, but for some reason it really cracks me up. I mean, an “injured head”? Why not a “concussion” or “head contusion” or something more technical?

Anyways, it was Heath time in the top of the ninth. I love his entrance!! It’s amazing. And Heath was great. It was really weird because I kept calling him Heater. I like have never called him Heater, but being out there, watching him try to save a game, it just came out. And so, Heater it is!

IMG_5779.JPGHeater was great. He allowed a single to start the inning, but Heath ALWAYS makes things interesting. Then, he got a great double play thanks to Kyle Blanks at first and Everth. It was a great play. Then he struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. Hehehe.

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IMG_5821.JPGIt was a great, great game. We played very well, even though we left a ton of runners on. It was soooo much fun to get out there and see how my boys are doing.

Kouz made two amazing defensive plays. I was very proud of him. And he had two hits. Which was great 🙂 He is soooo amazing!!

And Everth, oh my goodness!! This guy is incredible. I watched him make some great, great plays. I mean, this guy can flat-out play. Sure he hasn’t been hitting much lately, but his defense is soooo good!! Wow. I love Everth 🙂

Oh, and Eliezar Alfonso is officially my most hated Padre. Even if Joe Thatcher was on this team, I would still hate Alfonso more. He was hitting pretty well a few weeks ago, but now he’s like a runners-in-scoring-position killing machine! He’s left so many runners on it’s not even funny. This guy is frustrating me. I can’t wait ’til Nick and Henry get off the DL!!

So, after the game we made our way out, high-fiving the amazing usher on our way. We met up with Kylie, Jen, and Courtney and took pictures, which was really funny because Kylie was still super hyper. And I mean, her team didn’t even win!! We were trying to get a picture of all four of us with the Petco Park sign in the background, and it was amazing.

It was just so funny!! It was great to meet Kylie, watch a game with Hyun Young, and enjoy some Padres baseball. I had a great time. Again, thanks so much Hyun Young for buying me the ticket and all that. We’ll have to do it again sometime 🙂

The Padres ultimately lost the series, 3 games to 1, but I was there for that one. That’s why they won, you know. First, my hypnotising worked, then I was wearing my lucky jersey, and Hyun Young had the baseball that her teacher caught at a game that Correia was pitching. Plus, it was signed by Eck. So, I am 3-0 this season 🙂

It was definitely one of the best games I’ve been to. Bloggers are amazing 🙂

GO PADRES!!!

(yay for all the pictures being mine)

You Will Win Tonight

I’m going to the Padres game tonight, and I really want a win. The Padres have lost their last two games to the Rockies. Last night, they put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough. I don’t want my boys to be playing like they have been for the rest of the season. And so, I am going to have to take desperate measures to make sure my boys win at least tonight, and hopefully a lot in this second half.

When I went to the fair a few weeks ago, I got to see a hypnotist show. It was fascinating. The hypnotist dude had all these people on stage and he did very strange things to them that made them do very strange and funny things. So I thought, hey, if a hypnotist can make a girl think she’s Lady Gaga, he can certainly make a group of guys think they’re a baseball team.

So I called, yep you guessed it, Bob the Hypnotist.

hypnosis.jpgFirst, he called in Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher tonight.

kcorreia.jpgBOB: You are getting veeeerrrry sleeeeeepppy. Use your eyes to follow the watch.

KEVIN: Sleeeeepy…

BOB: Good. You willl pitch veeeerrry well tonight.

KEVIN: I will pitch very well tonight.

BOB: You will throw strikes, go at least seven innings, and not give up any runs.

KEVIN: Yesss. Yesss.

BOB: You will not make the fans disappointed in you, especially Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.

KEVIN: Nooooo, wouldn’t want to do that. They might say something mean about me in their blogs.

BOB: But most importantly, you will help your team to get a win.

KEVIN (eyes lighting up): W, W, W, W, W, W!!!

BOB: Yeah, I think you’ve got it. Next!

Kevin walks out of the room, slightly dazed, muttering, “A win, a win, throw strikes, winning…”

Next up is Adrian Gonzalez, who has not been hitting very well lately.

adrian.jpgBOB: You are getting veerrrry sleeeepppy.

ADRIAN: Oh yes, I am terribly tired. I’ve played in every single game this season, you know. Even the WBC and the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game!!

BOB: Er, just relax Adrian. Now, you will hit a home run tonight.

ADRIAN (yawning): I will hit a home run tonight.

BOB: You will not leave runners on base.

ADRIAN: zzzzzz…

BOB: Adrian, wake up!!

ADRIAN: I’m sorry, could I go take a nap? I’ve only got a few hours before the game and I want to play my best for Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.

BOB: Sure, Adrian. Sweet dreams.

Next is David Eckstein.

eck.jpgBOB: You are getting veeeerrry sleeeeepppy. You will heal from your injury ASAP!! 

ECK: I’mmmm tryyying.

BOB: You will sign at least one autograph for Hyun Young before the game today.

ECK: Ah, yes, my biggest fan!

BOB: And you must come off the DL soon!!

ECK: Working on it.

 

Kevin Kouzmanoff was next.

koooooooooooz.jpgBOB: You are getting veeeerrry sleeeepppy. You will hit at least one home run and play very very well tonight.

KOUZ: Play very well…

BOB: You will make spectacular defensive plays and do all you can to help the team win.

KOUZ: I love winning.

BOB: You will be very nice to Kaybee and all her friends.

KOUZ: Oh yes…

BOB: And you must strike photo-worthy poses all night at third base. Kaybee will be taking a lot of pictures of you.

KOUZ: Does my hair look OK?

BOB: It looks fine. Now remember, winning is the key. You have to win tonight. You must!

Then Bob gathered the whole team together and gave them one simple request:

“You will win tonight’s game.”

Let’s hope that worked 🙂

Anyways, as I’m sure you know, I am going to the game today thanks to Hyun Young, who bought me a very good ticket. We’re going to have a great time cheering for our Padres together, and I can’t wait!! It’s all I can think about, and I know we’re going to have a blast.

Kevin Correia is going to be pitching against Jason Hammel. I think Correia is going to have a great game, and now that he’s been hypnotised to a winning theme, he’s definitely going to pitch very, very well.

GO PADRES!!!

GO PADRES!!!

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 🙂

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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Two-Hitter

I’m blaming this one on Roy Oswalt.

roy oswalt.jpgI bet Jake Peavy was going crazy in the dugout. Sitting there on the bench with his ankle in a cast, he was probably itching to be out there, knowing that he should be the one on the mound pitching against his buddy. He must have been ragging on Roy all night after the game over the phone, but what Oswalt did to the Padres was no laughing matter. It was amazing.

Roy pitched the whole game, allowing two hits and one run. That run came in on a wild pitch. That just goes to show how good he was. Man, TWO hits?? Goodness. We were utterly shut down. Roy had a excellent outing.

On the Padres side, Josh Geer wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t good enough. He threw seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter though, which was great.

Greg Burke and Cla Meredith each threw a scoreless inning.

But the game ended with a 3-1 Astros score. It should be said, though, that the Padres hit some balls really well, but were robbed by some great defense. 

And so, we lost. We are now 15 games behind the Dodgers, by the way. We gained a couple games over the weekend, but those Dodgers keep winning and winning. And watch out – the Manny is coming back this weekend against the Padres. I think we may have a sold-out weekend…

Just because you wanted to know, Kouz is slightly growing out his beard right now and IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!  AHHHHH!! I love it when he does that. He doesn’t look that great clean-shaven. He looks so great with a beard!! But of course, he looks great all the time 😀

Well, Josh Banks is going to start against Mike Hampton. Banks hasn’t started for us a while, but I’m pretty sure he started last year. I’m not sure how well he did, but he must have had some decent outings. It will be very interesting to see how he does.

GO PADRES!!!