The Padres and Rockies played the rubber game of a three-game series last night in Colorado. This Padres team has really, really settled into their role as spoiler very nicely. It’s been amazing to watch! And they never give up. That’s what I’m loving here. They may be down, but they’re not done.
In the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer to put the Padres down earlier. We had a lot of problems getting that clutch knock all night. And yet, somehow, we were able to get the win!
Clayton Richard threw very well. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He did have that one bad pitch to Tulo, but for the next five innings, he was very good.
In the top of the fifth, Nick Hundley hit a solo homer, his eighth of the year. Nick had a huge game. He had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored three runs. Good job Nick!!
In the seventh, we got the bases loaded, and the pitcher walked in a run! YAY!! That made the game 3-2 Colorado. David Eckstein hit a sac-fly to bring in the tying run.
In the eighth, Nick and T. Gwynn each drove in a run with a single. That gave us a 5-3 lead.
Ian Stewart homered in the bottom of the inning to bring the Rockies close. We went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, and I was not happy. I thought Heath was going to be coming out, so I was like WE NEED SOME MORE INSURANCE!! But we didn’t get anything.
Thankfully, Heath was unavailable, and Luke Gregerson pitched the bottom of the ninth. I trust Luke a lot more than Heath right now, that’s for sure.
Luke made it a little interesting by allowing a single, but he had this. He got three outs and his first major league save and yet another Padres series win!!!
I’d say that Nick Hundley and Luke Gregerson tie as players of the game. Plus, they worked really well together in that last inning.
Last night was the Padres’ rookie razzing. Sounds like 14 players had to dress up. Wish I could see picture of that!
We won yet another series against yet another contending team!! It’s amazing how well we’ve played spoiler. I don’t think this will keep the Rockies out of the postseason, but still. A series loss is a series loss. The Padres still have the Dodgers and Giants to spoil. OK, and the Diamondbacks too.
We’re playing the Diamondbacks for three games this weekend. K-Cor is pitching tonight!! YAY!!
After a disappointing game on Tuesday, the Padres were ready to put it behind them and get something going in the second game of the series against the Rockies.
Tim Stauffer started. He only threw 4.2 innings, though. He had a no-hitter going into the fifth, but he had allowed five walks and his pitch count was way up. He allowed two runs on three hits when he was unable to get out of the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Tim Stauffer and Everth Cabrera singled to start off the inning. One out later, Adrian walked. Yet another out later, Will Venable doubled in all three guys. Sweet!!!!
The bullpen was great. Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, Mike Adams, and finally, Heath Bell. Heath was able to get his 40th save of the year. Yay Heath!!
We won 6-3, spliting the series.
Talk about Will Venable, man. Seems like we’ve had a lot of specific guys who are heros of the game lately. Like last week we had Luis Durango. Chase Headley had a huge game this week. Now Will. It’s so cool! These guys are thriving up here, and it’s so much fun to watch.
Will had two hits and drove in four runs. He also walked once! Congrats, Will, you’re the player of the game!
I’m loving the blue and sand, by the way. The guys have been wearing that a lot on the road trip, and it looks great.
I haven’t heard any news about Kouz today. Hopefully he’s getting better like crazy and will be ready to go out there next week!!!! GET WELL SOOOOOOOON KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!
Just FYI, this team is amazing. I’ve been having so much fun following this team for the past few months, I don’t want it to end! But we only have NINE games left!! WAAAAAAA!!
Oh well. Next year will be amazing.
So the rubber game is tonight. Rockies vs. Padres. Clayton Richard vs. Jason Hammel.
Ok, now that I’ve got all that Park View stuff out of the way, I can get into the actual game. Well, not really. Batting practice first!
It was so cool to see all my boys out there! Unfortunately, though, I didn’t recongnize about half of our players. I was probably having trouble with the relief pitchers. This team has changed so much, I can’t even tell who these players by their faces! I can totally recognize the guys who are play all the time, but it’s the less-known less-publicized players that I have trouble with. Oh well.
One player I did recongnize was Mat Latos. He was smiling and goofing around so much! It was pretty cool to see.
I had a feeling about Nick Hundley from the first time I saw him during batting practice. He wasn’t starting, but I saw him running around, and I thought, he’s going to do something big today. I could feel it.
After Padres BP, we went up to our seats, which were excellent. They were about 26 rows behind the Padres’ dugout. They were sooo good! I got my 5 for $5 deal, which I forgot to take a picture of again, but I did get a picture of the cookie. The cookie is one of the best I have ever had. I love it!
The game was finally ready to get started. The relief pitchers headed out to the bullpen…
Tim Stauffer started for the Padres.
In the bottom of the first, Everth singled, Eck walked, and Adrian drove in Everth for our first run. It was so cool! Chase Headley, who played third, sac-flied in Eck. So, just like that, we had a 2-0 lead.
Tim Stauffer pitched excellently. I was so pleased. He had a no-hitter for four innings until Yorvit Torrealba broke it up (much more on him later). Tim allowed four hits and one home run. He walked four batters and struck out three. It was great!
When the Rockies got that home run and we were headed to the ninth, I begged my boys to get some insurance for Heath. I’ve learned to be very nervous when Heath comes in. He always has to make things interesting, and I knew that night would be no different. But my boys didn’t listen to me.
And so, we went into the top of the ninth with only a one-run lead. You should have seen Heath sprint out of the bullpen. You could tell that he was ready to get out there and get back on that horse after blowing the save the night before. Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away” blasted through the stadium.
When the first batter singled, I assured myself that Heath was just being his usual interesting self. He stuck out the next batter, and when the runner went for second, Henry Blanco’s throw was right there. Unfortunately, Everth couldn’t get the tag down. Oh well.
But guess who came up next. Yorvit Torrealba. And his bat. It was terrible. He singled right up the middle and the fast runner went all the way home. It was like watching an accident happen. I saw it all happening right in front of me, but I couldn’t do anything about it. That ball was headed for center and that runner was going home.
Here’s when I blew up. I was mostly mad because Heath blew the save and the game was now tied. I was extremely upset because Yorvit Torrealba did it again, the second night in a row. He looked so excited, so happy over there at first and I despised him for it. I screamed at Heath, at the guys who didn’t get some insurance. I yelled and screamed and groaned and it was not pretty peoples.
I was furious, but I think I was mostly scared. I did not want to lose that game. Not after the night before. Not after all the cheering and clapping I had done for the team. I did not want to have to walk out of that ballpark with a L. I was so upset that tears were coming to my eyes, and I knew that if we lost, I would be bawling. And so, I didn’t give up faith. I yelled and I was mad, but I was doing it because I loved my team. I’m sure the people around me thought I was crazy, but they had to understand that I was so mad at them because I loved them so much.
I think I made a huge fool of myself, but I really didn’t care. There was no one but me and my team there.
After my outburst, as I was slightly calming down, I thought, we’re going to win in a way that’s special, aren’t we? I know it’s weird, but I prayed. I said, hey, if You’re going to have us lose this game, I’ll be fine. I had a blast and You really blessed me with these tickets. But maybe You’ve got something bigger planned here. Maybe You’ve got a huge surprise, a fun walk-off win or something. And I would be good with that too.
Between innings, it was Rally Time. After the Padres didn’t get anything in the bottom of the ninth, there was a video showing all these walk-offs that the Padres have had this year. First one? Nick Hundley’s walk-off homer in the 16th inning on May 17th. And I looked at my mom and went, “Oh no!” Not 16 innings!
Thankfully, it didn’t take that long. Sean Gallagher was excellent in the top of the tenth.
Bottom of the tenth, things went great. Will Venable singled on a ball that was misplayed somewhere, I think it was second base. All the night the second baseman was making these great plays against us, and I was like, “I don’t like you, second baseman!” Finally, he did something good for us!
Luis Rodriguez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Will over the second. Henry Blanco was intentionally walked to get to Tony Gwynn, but Edgar Gonzalez pinch-hit for him and got an unintentional walk. He got walked on a 3-1 count!
Next up was Nick Hundley.
What an at-bat! First one was a foul, and then four straight balls. It was so cool to see Nick’s patience at the plate, and to see each pitch miss. It was sweet!
On the last one, Nick flipped the bat and ran to first as Will came home with the winning run. I was soooooooo excited!!
It was such a relief to win. We had the bases loaded there with one out, and I thought, we CAN’T leave these guys on!! We had to get it then, when we still had some momentum, and I am so thankful that we did.
So, I have been to four games this year, and all four were wins. It’s my $6 jersey, I know it. Man, it’s gone FOUR games and won each one, so I’m definitely keeping it around. I’ll be going to my fifth game of the year in about two weeks, so I’m really hoping that I’ll got 5-0 this year. That would be so sweet 🙂
On Friday, we got officially eliminated from the NL West race. It’s OK, though. We knew this team wasn’t going anywhere, and we’ve been too busy winning to really notice anyways.
We’re definitely locked in our role as spoiler though. We won our sixth straight series yesterday! It was great. We’ve won three straight series against division rivals, and we’re playing some great, great baseball. This is fun 🙂
Now we’re going to play the Diamondbacks for three games at home. They’re worse than us, so if we can beat teams like the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Rockies, I think we will be able to beat the Diamondbacks.
Oh man, what a very very long entry. I’ve been working on this for like two hours. I think it’s time to end it. Well, I hope you all enjoyed it, I certainly had a lot of fun going to the game and seeing all my boys. It was so much fun!
I love this team. Like crazy. Yesterday, I happened to notice that Tim Lincecum was no longer on the “probable pitchers” section on the front page of padres.com. WHOOO HOOO!! I was so excited. In his place, a rookie named Madison Bumgarner was making his major league debut. First off, that name makes me laugh every time I see it. Second of all, the guy’s 20 years old. He’s a kid! I had the ultimate confidence in my boys to get this game. Especially after losing on my birthday, they needed the win.
Kevin Correia started for the Padres. He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He pitched well, but did not get a decision.
On the other side, Bumgarner was very good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut. He went 5.1 innings, only allowing solo home runs to Chase Headley and Kouz. You have to give him credit, he seemed to have things pretty much together. Must have been a great night for him.
This was a back and forth game. The Giants got on in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got one in the top of the second, Giants got it back in the bottom of the inning. Padres and Giants each get one in the fourth.
In the seventh, Will Venable hit a monster home run to the deepest part of the ballpark to tie the game at three. What a strong boy!!
In the eighth, Adrian and Kouz singled with no outs. Chase Headley singled to right, and Adrian came in to score. The throw was right there, but the catcher lost hold of it and it bounced away. It was so cool!!
Sadly, though, my dear Kouz hurt himself when he was running the bases. He got a left calf strain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My poor baby 😦 Hopefully it will only be day-to-day and he will be back on the field ASAP!!!!
Due to Kouz’s terrible injury, there had to be some strange changes for the Padres’ defense. Chase Headley moved from left field to third, which is his natural position. Nick Hundley, catcher, who had not played outfield since college, went out to left field. Eliezar Alfonso went in to catch. And Heath Bell came in to get the save.
It was Nick Hundley’s 26th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Nick!!!
Heath didn’t make things interesting last night. It was amazing. He went 1-2-3, and Nick got to catch the last out in left field. Yay!!
It was an incredible game for many reasons. We came back from three deficits. Chase had three hits, and Kouz and Will had two hits each. We tied the series, so now we have a chance to win yet another series today.
And, one of the most exciting parts…I am soooo happy…WE’RE OUT OF THE CELLAR!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Finally!!! Arizona is right behind us at 22 games behind, and we’re 21 games behind. But we’re not the NL West Worst anymore. We’re been playing excellently, not like a last-place team at all. We don’t belong down there. Finally, we have a taste a fresh air after being in that musty cellar for so long.
“Breathe the free air again, my friend.” – Gandalf the White, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
It feel soooo good to be out. Oh man.
Kevin Kouzmanoff is a brilliant player. This is his third season in the majors with the Padres, and he’s amazing. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love this guy like crazy. He’s a good hitter, but the best aspect of his game is his defense. He’s incredible at third base. I mean, amazing. These last two years, he’s been fantastic over there. This year, I think he should get a Gold Glove. Because the Padres are so small-market, our players don’t get noticed very much, but Kouz really needs to get out there. The Padres have sent DVDs to other managers in the majors showing tons of Kouz’s incredible plays. I really really really hope he will get a Gold Glove this year!! He totally deserves it.
GO PADRES!!! KOUZ FOR GOLD GLOVE!!!
What a great game!! After losing their ninth straight game to the Cardinals on Thursday night, the Padres and their fans needed a win. The ball was placed in Clayton Richard’s hands.
(If any of you are wondering why I did not blog yesterday, I was sleeping in ’til 11. Plus, I didn’t really want to blog about that sick loss the other night. Summer’s ending too soon!! Even though I slept until 11 again this morning, I just had to blog about the amazing game last night!!)
First off, it was Fellowship Night, so church groups could come out for a discounted price. Church groups can go anytime, of course, but this is a special night. After the game, some of the players give their testamonies, and it’s good stuff. I should have been there last night, but our church didn’t get out to it this year. It made me pretty depressed, knowing that I could have been there. Oh well. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for me to go to a game this year.
Now, Clayton Richard. This guy came over in the Jake Peavy deal almost a month ago, and he’s been great. His last outing (against the Cardinals actually) was not the greatest, but he got a no-decision. This time, he was excellent. How’s six innings, five hits, NO RUNS, three walks, and six strikeouts? Pretty good. Then when you get the Padres bullpen in there…wow.
In the second inning, Will Venable doubled and Kyle Blanks singled. Nick Hundley came to the plate. He quickly went down 0-2, but came back to a full count. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, he hit a bomb to left field for a three-run homer. Oh man, I LOVE three-run homers!! So cool.
Nick…I love Nick!! He’s a great person, and he’s becoming a very good player. I love catchers, and Nick is a great one. He’s still young, and he’s still learning, but I think he’s a fixture in the Padres’ future. Great game Nick!!
The Padres didn’t score again until the eighth, but then again, the Cardinals didn’t score at all! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Anyways, with runners on third and second, Kouz lined a single up the middle. T.Gywnn scored easily, but Eck got easily caught by the gun of Rick Ankiel. Wow.
Luke Gregerson threw a great inning. Mike Adams struck out the side in his. Heath Bell pitched the ninth, even though it was not a save situation with our 4-0 lead. Which became our 4-0 win when Heath was done.
What a great game. Will Venable made some excellent plays. Nick Hundley had an unassisted double play, almost a triple play.
So now we have tied up the series at one. My boys need to get at least one more in this series…hmmm…hey, how about tonight!!
Speaking of tonight, our own Hyun Young is going to have the night of her life. Yes, she’s going to the game tonight. She just found out yesterday. Let’s just say that it has something to do with the Ecksteins. I’ll let her tell the story on her blog after the game, but she’s going to have a great, great time. I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR HER!!!!
Speaking of going to a game, I’m getting that itch to be out at the ballpark. It’s been just over a month since I went with Hyun Young and Jen and Kylie, and I really want to get out there again. I’m hoping to get in at least one more game this year. If for no other reason, I think I should go to one for my birthday. That’s a good reason, yes? I guess I’ll just have to see.
Okey dokey. Kevin Correia is pitching tonight against Chris Carpenter. That might be a huge pitching duel if K.Cor can throw strikes. Well, C.Carp, too, but he’s 13-3 and K.Cor is 8-9. Hmmmm. It will be a very interesting game, but the Padres have an advantage: Hyun Young is going to be in the stands!!
GO PADRES!!! WIN!!!!
I guess my Padres didn’t want to travel to Houston in a school bus.
Chris Young started the game, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts. He had a great outing, he was battling hard.
On the other side, Dan Haren was doing a great job as well. He went six innings, giving up eight hits and three runs with two walks on four strikeouts.
In the third, the Diamondbacks struck first. After a single from Chris Snyder, Dan Haren of all people hit a double to help his own cause. He got to third on an error, and touched the plate on a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, the Padres found a crack in Haren’s armor and were actually able to take advantage of it!
With two outs, Chris Young walked, Brian Giles singled, and Edgar Gonzalez drove in CY for our first run. Scott Hairston came to the plate and check-swinged on a pitch. Except the ball hit the bat and went into right field to drive in Giles. It was pretty bizarre!
In the sixth, the Diamondbacks added a run to take the lead. But in the bottom of the inning, we got that run right back.
With one out, my boy Kouz hit a single. Nick Hundley then doubled, and Kouz ran all the way home. I love this dude, but he’s really slow. It’s almost painfully to watch. He’s not as bad as say, Henry Blanco the Galapagos tortoise, but he’s still slow. So he almost got thrown out at the plate. But he scored safely, so that’s all that matters.
The game stayed tied for a long time. The Padres bullpen was able to hold the game, though. Barely.
Edwin Moreno came into the seventh, and got a few runners on with no outs, including two walks. I’m telling you, this guy is going to be on the bus to Triple-A very soon unless he stops walking people like he does. We just can’t have that, especially when he walks the first batter in a tie game. No no no.
Thankfully, Luke Gregerson came in and cleaned up Moreno’s mess, keeping the game tied. He also pitched a scoreless eighth.
Heath Bell took the ninth, allowing nothing and striking out one. Man, he’s sharp!
In the bottom of the ninth, Scott Hairston singled, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a double play.
Onto extra innings for the second time this week!
Cla Meredith pitched the top of the tenth, throwing five pitches to get three outs. He was sharp!
In the bottom of the tenth, it was time to close this thing down. Jody Gerut started it with a strikeout, but then Kouz doubled. Nick Hundley walked, and Chris Burke came to the plate.
Burke had a great at-bat. He fouled off six pitches, keeping the count full for a long time. He made the pitcher throw ten pitches before finally taking ball four to load the bases. That at-bat was crucial to winning the game.
Next, Hyun Young’s boy David Eckstein came to the plate. He only needed to take a strike and a ball before lining a single past the first baseman to score my boy Kouz.
It was such a great game! We did leave 13 runners on base, which was very frustrating, but we were able to get some clutch hits and win the game.
I was very pleased with our pitching, especially the bullpen. They didn’t give up a run, which is so rare!
My boy Kouz had THREE hits, two singles and a double. He’s definitley been scuffling, so it’s great that he was able to have a good game like that.
We had 13 hits total, which we haven’t had in a long time. I am so glad that we were hitting!
It was a great win for the Padres and their fans, but apparently the Diamondbacks aren’t too happy with their 12-17 record. Arizona fired manager Bob Melvin today. They’re replacing him with A.J. Hinch. Interesting…
Manny is a jerk. Unfortunately, the Padres are only going to play the Dodgers twice during his suspension.
“It would have been nice if this had happened in spring training,” pitching ace Jake Peavy said. “I wouldn’t have had to face him.”
The Dodgers finally lost last night. They built up a six run lead, but blew it and lost 11-9 against the Natinals. Of all teams. Wow.
Well, I can’t say I’m entirely disappointed that Manny was suspended or that the Dodgers lost. My Padres are now only 7.5 games behind, third place in the NL West!
Well boys, I hope you enjoyed your luxury flight to Houston!
Tonight Chad Gaudin is pitching against Wandy Rodriguez. It will be a very interesting game…
(photo credits: Union-Tribune, flickr.com)
It’s all for one and ONE FOR ALL YA’LL
It’s a brother and a sister kinda thang
Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with
With me and my gang
We live to ride, we ride to live
Me and my gang
Jump on that train
Grab a hold of them reins
We gonna rock this thang, cock this thang
Me and my gang
Today in the Latest Leaders I got #15, which is the best I have ever ranked. So, first of all, a HUGE thank you to all my readers. You guys have been amazing!!
Lately I have really grown to like Rascal Flatts. Their music is pretty amazing, and one of my favorite CDs is Me and My Gang.
I thought this song was kind of appropriate for the Padres. Kind of seems like a Jake Peavy song, ya know?
The Padres and their fans are on an amazing adventure right now. Hey, five-game winning streak and on top of the NL West. This season is going to be exciting, at least for a while. I think the Padres fans have been skeptical of this winning team, but more and more are coming behind them and joining the party. We don’t know where our Padres are going, but it will be so much fun to find out.
I know that I, for one, will be sticking by these Padres all year, even if Monday night was the last game we will win this year. Even if we lose Jake Peavy (oh boy), even if we don’t lose another game this year. Even if this team crashes and burns. It’s not easy, I found that out last year. But I’m going to stick by this team no matter what.
So, jump on that train, grab a hold of them reins, let’s rock this thang, cock this thang…me and my gang/Padres!!
Today, in my dedication to #15, I’m going to mention 15 members of my gang who have had superb performances in the last week.
GANG MEMBER #15
Luke Gregerson has been excellent this week. He’s gone five innings, giving up only three hits and that’s it. He’s been able to get out of bases-loaded-with-no-outs jams, and he’s been absolutely solid.
GANG MEMBER #14
Adrian Gonzalez has been warming up over the week. He has eight hits, seven RBIs, and two home runs in eight games. He’s going to be so good this year!
GANG MEMBER #13
Scott Hairston is a stellar ballplayer, man. He’s been so solid this week, with some spectacular catches in center field, as well as some blast from the plate. This guy can flat-out play!
GANG MEMBER #12
Luis Rodriguez has been pretty good in the past week. He’s played in seven games, with three hits and four RBIs. But check this out: he has eight walks! Wow, that’s pretty good. But understandable since he’s been hitting low in the lineup, usually right before the pitcher.
GANG MEMBER #11
Duaner Sanchez has kind of gone under the radar, but he’s been solid for the Padres. He’s thrown three innings, allowing nothing but a walk. He came into some essential games, too, like Monday when the Padres had a one-run lead.
GANG MEMBER #10
Heath Bell has had no problems taking over Trevor Hoffman’s job as closer on the Padres. He has four saves in four opportunities so far this season.
GANG MEMBER #9
David Eckstein has been an excellent pickup for the Padres. He’s had some great at-bats, even though they didn’t always end up in a positive result. Still, he’s been very solid in his hitting and his defense.
GANG MEMBER #8
Chase Headley has been playing very well for the Padres. He has six hits and five RBIs in eight games. He also has two home runs, and great defense in left field.
GANG MEMBER #7
Henry Blanco was not signed by the Padres for his offense, but San Diego has recieved some of it anyway. In addition to catching some excellent games, Henry has two home runs already.
GANG MEMBER #6
Chris Young has throw 13 innings so far, allowing only two earned runs with 12 strikeouts. He has earned two wins, beating Randy Wolf and Tim Lincecum.
GANG MEMBER #5
Jody Gerut has five hits so far, including a home run and three doubles. He’s also had stellar defense in center. It’s been so much fun to watch him…
GANG MEMBER #4
Brian Giles has five hits and four walks, but has not come through in a lot of big situations, like bases loaded with no outs. His defense has been superb, though. He knows that right field corner in PETCO so well!
GANG MEMBER #3
Nick Hundley has definitley improved at the plate from last year. I think he’s going to have a really good offensive year. His catching has also been great.
GANG MEMBER #2
OH MY GOODNESS!!! That picture is soooooo cute!!! WOW, I totally love it!!! Ah, where was I? Oh yes, Kevin Kouzmanoff’s amazingness! He has six hits so far. I think he’s still warming up. He’ll get better as the season goes on… Just look at that guy. Wow.
GANG MEMBER #1
Jake Peavy’s first start wasn’t the best, but his second was incredible. In 15.1 innings pitched, he has 18 strikeouts. I am so thankful that he’s still here in San Diego, and I hope he will be sticking around for a long time.
Again, thanks so much to all my readers! Without you guys, this blog has no meaning. Keep checking back here for all the latest Padres news!
Today the Padres are playing the Mets again, Kevin Correia against Oliver Perez. GO PADRES!!!