Rob Johnson, Eric Patterson, Mat Latos. Not your average Home Run Derby winners.
Since the entire regular Padres lineup has had no success at anything close to hitting and scoring runs, it’s refreshing to see some unlikely guys stepping up and getting the job done. It’s almost like they were sitting there patiently while all the rest of the guys were floundering at the plate, and then when they finally got their chance, they were just like, watch how it’s done.
In last night’s game at Petco Park against the Pirates, these three guys really stepped up and helped us win a great game. We overcame two Pittsburgh leads, which was huge.
Latos started the game, and he didn’t do too badly. He actually threw a lot better than he has been lately. He went six innings, allowing only two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. And, he hit a solo home run in the third inning for our first run of the game. His average is .111.
An out later, Patterson hit a solo homer. He only had two hits in 28 at-bats before last night’s game, which was not good at all. His average this season is .133.
The Pirates scored three runs in the top of the seventh to overtake our lead of 5-2. In the bottom of the seventh, we got two runs: one on a bases loaded walk, and one on a double play.
In the bottom of the eighth, Johnson hit a solo home run to take the lead, 6-5.
Heath Bell got the save, extending his streak of straight saves to 41, which also ties Trevor Hoffman for the longest streak by a Padre.
You’re going to hear the word “unlikely” a lot about this game. And it’s definitely the best word to describe it. But if the guys who are playing every day aren’t stepping up, why shouldn’t these other guys get the big hits when we need them?
I think it was great. And I think that these guys deserve a little more playing time.
So, the series is tied. I think it would be huge if we were able to get the win today for the series win. We seriously need it. And we get to face our old friend Kevin Correia, who has a record of 4-2. It’s going to be fun.
We lost again. Okay, I guess we did win two games before that. But then we couldn’t overcome a one-run lead at the end of the game last night.
First of all, Aaron Harang allowed four runs in the top of the first, which was instant doom for us. There’s no way that we can overcome four runs, especially when it comes so early in the game.
Granted, we were able to get three runs throughout the game, which was an accomplishment, but we weren’t able to get just one more to tie it. Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning for our first two runs, and then Ryan Ludwick singled in Will Venable in the bottom of the eighth for our third run. But of course, we left seven runners on and were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Currently, we are in last place in the NL West with a record of 11-18 and we’re 7.5 games behind. It is lovely.
Latos is pitching tonight, which is worrying because he has not been good. Not been good at all. I really really hope that he can find his pitching mechanics ASAP, because we have enough to worry about without having to worry about our star pitcher.
GO PADRES!!!! WE’D BETTER WIN!!!!
Mat Latos is back, and though he wasn’t entirely on his game, at least he’s pitching. I think that’s a good start.
Mat went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Not to bad at all, but he did pile up the pitch count pretty quickly. He finished up with 94 pitches.
On the other side, Reds starter Edinson Volquez helped us out in the first inning. He was pretty erratic. He allowed two singles, then a walk, and then he hit Ryan Ludwick to drive in our first run. Brad Hawpe gave us a sacrifice fly for the second run.
The Reds pulled ahead in the fourth and fifth innings. Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
After Latos left, Ernesto Frieri came in to pitch. He threw 1.1 innings, only allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
We lost 3-2. It stunk. We just didn’t capitalize on the situations that we had.
Our hitting is still not looking that great. Not only that, but our baserunning was not helping us either. We had two people caught stealing, which easily killed some run-scoring opportunities.
Will Venable, leading off, went 2-for-3 with a run scored, which was great. But he also was one of the guys who got caught stealing.
We are now 4-5. I really hope we get things back together.
I’m going to tomorrow’s game, which I’m really excited about it. It’ll be a lot of fun to get out and to actually see how the team is doing myself. Hopefully they’ll give me a good game.
I am soooo excited about FanFest!!! I can’t believe that it’s only two days away. I’m going to have so much fun, and I’m so happy that I get to go to Petco Park this weekend. Best place ever.
Even though it’s pretty much the same events as last year, I’m still super excited to get out there and recharge my fanhood. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen any baseball, and this is pretty much a celebration of our boys getting ready to get out there and win a title for us.
Hyun Young and I are really hoping to get Mat Latos’ autograph. Out of all the guys on our team, this is one of the most amazing rising stars, and I feel like his autograph is going to be worth a lot someday. I would say that he’s the next Jake Peavy but…look how he turned out.
I’m also excited to see the clubhouse again. I’ve taken the tour twice, but it still has the awe of the first time. Just thinking about the kind of legends that have stood in that clubhouse, like Trevor Hoffman and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Just to think that my baby spent a ton of time in that room…wow. It makes me want to scream or faint or something. That is a very special place.
I really hope that there’s a lot of good stuff at the garage sale, too. Last year I got a Kevin Kouzmanoff banner that had been hanging on one of the lampposts (until they traded him of course). It’s super cool, and I hope that I can find more Kouz stuff and anything else interesting.
And of course, the best part about FanFest is meeting up with other fans who are just as crazy about the Padres as I am! I hope to meet and re-meet a ton of people this year, including but not limited to Hyun Young, John, Gaslamp Ball people, RJ’s Fro people, Twitter people, and Friarhood people. Especially since Hyun Young and I have a very special plan.
I can’t wait. It’s going to be such a fun day!!
So I was looking at our team yesterday, and we seriously have a ton of holes. I feel like guys are slipping out of our hands so fast that we can’t catch them all and they’re leaving us completely empty.
Who have we lost this offseason already? Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox, Yorvit Torrealba to the Rangers, Miguel Tejada to the Giants, Kevin Correia to the Pirates, and now Tony Gwynn Jr. to the Dodgers. Plus we lost Chris Young. Our roster is looking awfully thin right now.
But we have signed pitcher Aaron Harang, and we’re about to sign Dustin Moseley, who is also a pitcher. So now our rotation looks like…Mat Latos, Harang, Clayton Richard, Moseley, and Wade LeBlanc or Tim Stauffer. I don’t know. It might work, but it seems like a very unstable rotation.
Well, I guess we’ll have to see how things pan out. We’ve still got a ton of offseason left (waaaaaa), so we have a lot of time to pull a team together.
In other news, the Latest Leaders list on MLBlogs.com came out for the month of November. This blog is #5 of all fan blogs!!! I’m sooooo excited!! I think I was #5 a couple months ago, but 5 is my absolute favorite number and I’m so excited to get it again.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you for reading this blog. It’s so much fun to know that you guys are reading so much that you’re putting this blog in the top 5 of all fan blogs. I can’t thank you enough!
Of course, I can’t mention the number five without showing you THE number five:
Love you Kouz 🙂
I hope you all have a great day!!
I do not appreciate being shoved out of first place. It’s rather rude of the Giants to do such a thing to us. After all, we’ve been leading practically all year. We cannot and will not let it slip out of our hands now.
But man, I’ve got to give credit to the guys for the amazing job they’ve done this season. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Padres team quite like this and they’ve been so much fun to watch. Though we’ve lost first place for the day, I have the ultimate confidence in my boys. They’re not going to let the Giants take over first place, not after all this time.
We’ve got three more games against the Cards. Starting pitchers: Mat Latos, CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!, and Jon Garland. Look good? The Cardinals have always had our number, but they’re seven games behind the Reds in the NL Central. As long as our pitching holds things together, I think we can get these next three games.
Mat Latos wasn’t the greatest last time out, but he’s been so amazing all season, I have no doubt that he’ll bounce back and pitch an incredible game tonight.
Then CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!!!! is pitching on Saturday!!!!!!! I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! It seems like forever since he’s been okay to pitch. I hate how hurt he’s been, it’s so sad!! I’m just so happy that he’ll be able to help us out during the stretch. On Saturday, I don’t think we can expect any more than five solid innings, so the bullpen will have to be seriously on their game. But I mean, wow, it’ll just be amazing to have Chris pitching in a major league game. Welcome back, Chris. You have been missed.
Being in second place stinks, but seriously, we’ll get out of this. After St. Louis, we’re going to LA to face the Dodgers. They’re 11 games behind, and five games away from being eliminated. Plus, they totally failed on beating the Giants. If they can’t beat the Giants, they can’t beat us. We’re really, really going to need that series.
Can you believe that after this Cardinals series, there are only going to be FOUR more series in the regular season? Talk about coming down to the wire. Oh my goodness. The next few weeks are going to be CRAAAAZY.
We’ve got 16 games to get back our first-place lead and hold it. I sure hope you guys are all buckled in, because this is going to be one crazy ride.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!
Did you know that Mat Latos is leading the Majors in ERA? Not just the National League, but the Majors?? I just discovered this yesterday and thought, where on earth have I been? Mat Latos has been absolutely amazing, but I guess I didn’t realize just how amazing. He sure showed me last night.
I can’t say enough about Mat’s performance last night. It was totally amazing. He went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts. His ERA is now 2.21. This guy has got to be at least in the running for the CY Young.
We didn’t do much on the offensive side, but we did get a sac-fly from Aaron Cunningham and a double from Adrian Gonzalez for our two runs. Thanks to the pitching, that was all we needed.
Heath Bell closed out the game and we won 2-1!
It was so good to be able to win another game after breaking the losing streak. It was one thing to win to stop the losing streak, but quite another to make sure that we would keep winning. It’s such a relief to have won the series and to have the chance for a sweep tonight!
Amazing job, Mat. You are incredible.
The kid Cory Luebke is pitching tonight against Chad Billingsley. It’s going to be intense.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!! SWEEP!!!!