Last night’s game was great! After the loss on Tuesday, it was great to get the win against the Dodgers last night.
I really appriciated Clayton Richard’s performance. He went through a rough spot a while back, and it’s good to have him actually throwing well. Last night he went six innings, only allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts. As usual, the bullpen was just beautiful. Old story there, but really, these guys are just too good.
Ernesto Frieri has been a very pleasant surprise. When he first was called up, I thought he was going to be one of those guys who was up here only because we needed him but actually wasn’t that great of a pitcher. Thankfully, I was wrong. Since he got called up, he’s been in fiave games, allowing only one hit with nine strikeouts. He’s got a perfect ERA of 0.00.
The offensive side was great too. We didn’t start scoring until the sixth, actually. Jerry Hairston Jr. was the man of the night with two hits and three RBIs. We got two runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and two in the eighth. Chris Denorfia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Nick Hundley each drove in a run.
And….that’s about it. Oh, really bad news about Kyle Blanks. He’s going to have to have Tommy John surgery. We really did have big hopes for him at the beginning of the season, but he didn’t play well and now he’s hurt. Get well soon Blanksie!!
One more game in this series this afternoon, which I’m really excited about. We’ve got the Giants breathing down our necks, so we really need to get this game to win the series and to hold onto our first-place lead. I like our chances with Mr. Mat Latos starting the game. I have a feeling that this is going to be a great game.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
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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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.
NINE DAYS PEOPLE!!!! Nine days until our boys are finally, finally back in action!!!
So last night I was trying to think of something that I could talk about that had to do with the number nine for this entry. For some reason, the fact that there are nine players on the baseball field and the ninth player is the right fielder got into my head. Yes, I must have been half asleep. But whatever. Today I’m going to talk about the ninth player on the field, the right fielder.
This year’s whole outfield situation is going to be interesting this year. And so is the right field situation. Right now, I would say that Will Venable is our right fielder. Or Kyle Blanks.
The outfield looks like Tony Gwynn, Scott Hairston, Will, and Kyle right now. Argh. I’m so mad that Chase is at third. Anyways, Buddy Black said something interesting last week. He said that the outfield situation is more of a shuffling/sharing situation than platooning. I think he meant that all the outfielders are going an equal amount of playing time.
So it’s going to be very interesting to see how that works out. It’s going to be interesting to see how this whole team works out!
One thing I’m really thankful for about this team this year is that we have a very good idea of what the team is going to look like. We don’t have the bullpen or rotation uncertainties that we had in Spring Training last year. We know what our infield and outfield are going to look like. The bench isn’t completely settled, but we have an idea. The only thing we really have to worry about is what this team is going to do this season.
My expectations for this team are very low. I’m not saying that I expect them to do badly, but that I’m not having any expectations at all. I’m just going to wait and see how things work out. Last year was up and down. I certainly didn’t expect that we would do as well as we did. I’m going to let the boys surprise me. And whatever happens, it’s baseball.
GO PADRES!!! ONLY NINE DAYS!!!!
It’s been a looooong time since I’ve last blogged, I know. But I have a really good excuse. Well, excuses.
First of all, I just wrote a 50,000 word novel for this thing called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, and I have been very busy pounding that out. But I got it done 🙂
Secondly, things are super super slow in Padres World. Of course, there’s the trade rumors about Adrian, but I honestly don’t think that the Padres are going to trade him this offseason. I mean, what’s the point? He’s playing for us at a riduculously low price, and is Kyle Blanks really ready to play first full time in the majors? I say we keep Adrian, have Kyle get a little more seasoning in the minors, and trade Adrian next year, if at all.
There were a lot of comments against my last entry about Kouz’s not getting the Gold Glove, and that’s cool with me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and my opinion is that Kouz should have recieved the Gold Glove.
In some exciting news, the season ticket sales are up a lot more than last year, and I think that’s a really good thing for the organization. It’s good to see that people are getting excited about all the changes in Padres baseball and they’re willing to make a commitment to the rebuilding of this team.
Only a few months until Spring Training…
Let me tell you, this Padres team has been doing AMAZING!! It is soooo exciting. Thing is, they’ve been winning consistently. None of this win-a-series-then-lose-five-games-in-a-row stuff. They’re winning series after series after series. It’s great!!
After the Braves avoided the sweep on Thursday, the Padres headed to Flordia to play the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium (seriously). The Marlins have actually been pretty good this year, and it suprised me to find that they are over .500. But I’m not really worried about our opponents with this Padres team right now.
In the first game of the series, the Padres had a six-run second inning and never looked back. It was great! During that inning, Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer. As he ran around the bases, he aggravated his foot, which had been keeping him day-to-day. He was pinch-hit for when his turn to bat again in that inning came up (we batted way around the order!). He was put on the DL on Saturday. Blanksie has been incredible for us lately, so I really hope he can recover quickly!!
We ended up winning the game 9-5. David Eckstein and Chase Headley (coming into the game as Kyle’s replacement) each had three hits. Venable, Blanco, and E-Cab each had two hits. Kouz got walked three times. We had 16 hits total.
Kevin Correia got his ninth win. He went six 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, but only four runs. It was a great win!!
In the second game of the series, Wade LeBlanc came up from the minors to start. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He wasn’t the best, but he did a lot better than he did earlier in the year. It was good to see.
This game was not as easy to get as the night before. The Marlins took a two-run lead in the second. The Padres were able to get a run in the fourth, and two in the sixth, but the Marlins got two in the bottom of that inning to take a 4-3 lead. In the seventh, we got a run to tie. In the eighth, Tony Gwynn had the big blow of the game. He hit a triple to drive in two runs. Tony was sac-flied in by Everth to get a 7-4 lead.
Heath Bell took the ninth and secured his 31st save of the year. And there you have it. The Padres won yet another series!!
In the third game, we lost 6-4. Oh well. We can never seem to be able to finish the sweep, but it’s OK. We’re just winning games, here, that’s all.
So far this month, our record is 14-14. Let’s make it 15-14 tonight, yeah boys??
I’m sure a lot of you watched the Little League World Series last night. I didn’t watch it, but I’ve been following a certain team in the Union-Tribune for the last few weeks. I’ve been following Chula Vista Park View, a San Diego County team. I love how this city has banded around the team. And man, the team is incredible!! They had an amazing run this year, and look what they did. They’re WORLD CHAMPIONS!! That is just sooo cool. San Diego teams have had many, many playoff runs, but usually fizzed out at one point or another. Not this team. They went all the way, and they won big. I am sooooo proud of them. This team definitely deserved it, and they’ve made San Diego proud.
The Padres haven’t been able to win a World Series. The Chargers have not been able to win a Super Bowl. San Diego seemed cursed. But you know what, maybe we needed to start at the bottom up. Little League wins first. Maybe it will be the Padres and Chargers next. San Diego is finally getting a taste of real winning. Maybe the trend will start heading up. Maybe we’ll get our World Series and Super Bowl sooner than later 🙂
Anyways, a huge congrats to the Park View team! They put on quite the show.
What do you do for an encore? That was the question going around Kyle Blanks yesterday, and look what he did. I’d say that that’s an amazing encore.
First things first though. Our newly-signed first round draft pick Donavan Tate took batting practice with the team, and talked with Padres announcers during the game. He’s reporting to Peoria today.
I think he’s really cute, yeah girls? It will be so cool to watch him go up through the minors. He’s only 19, drafted out of high school, so it will probably be a long time until he gets up here. Hopefully his path through the minors will go smoothly with no injuries. This is soo exciting!!
OK, the game now. I was not happy that Cesar Carrillo was going to be pitching last night, but he did a decent job.
Derrek Lee hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Kouz drove in Everth Cabrera in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
In the bottom of the third, Everth Cabrera singled and stole second base (his 18th stolen base). Eck grounded out, then Adrian was intentionally walked. Chase Headley grounded into a force out, which drove in Everth. Chase stole second base, and scored on Kouz’s single.
The Cubs got a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 33rd homer of the season to give us a 4-3 lead. Adrian won the NL Player of the Week, by the way. He definitely deserves it.
Cesar Carrillo went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out two. He got the win to even his record at 1-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, the score was still 4-3. The Padres’ bullpen (Gregerson and Adams) had miraculously held the one-run lead. Will Venable walked to start the inning. Then Kyle Blanks, what will you do for an encore? He had already struck out three times so far in the game.
After taking two balls, he hit one out to center field. It looked like it could go out, but it bounced off the wall right above the center fielder’s jump. The ball rolled down the warning track, with the right fielder no where in sight. The center fielder went to track it down, and by then, Venable had scored. A throw came in, but Blanks was already lying over the plate with an inside-the-park home run. Kyle is a very big guy, but man, he can run! It was a very exciting part of the game, and it gave us two insurance runs!
In the top of the ninth, Heath Bell had a ridiculously easy inning. He only threw seven pitches!! I don’t think we need to worry about after-effects of the blown save on Sunday. Heath’s got the perfect closer mentality!!
And so, we won yet another series. We improved to 5-0 against the Cubs at PETCO Park this season. We got our 51st win.
Kouz had three hits. E-Cab had two hits, including his seventh triple. Padres fans are getting excited. If not about this year, they are definitely looking forward to next year. I know that I’m excited about next year. It’s going to be great!
I wanted to give a quick shout out to my best friend, who is turning the big 16 today. We’ve been friends basically since we were born, and I love her soooo much!! She’s been an amazing friend to me for all these years. Happy birthday, Dudette!!! 4How, LLAP!!! I’ll make you a virtual cake 🙂
Tonight our young stud Mat Latos is starting. Do I hear “sweep”? OH YEAH!!
Let’s do this boys. I know you can, that’s for sure. NEVER SAY DIE!!!