I’m back! I am happy to announce that I have officially finished my freshman year of college – meaning that I actually have time to blog now. It’s been forever, I know, but I am really excited to get back into writing about the boys.
Not that there’s much to say about them. We lost 8-1 today against the Dodgers, all thanks to former Padres pitcher Aaron Harang. He was dealing. We couldn’t get a thing off of him.
The positive, of course, is that we “split” the series with the Dodgers. One game each. I don’t feel like you can really call a two-game series a series, but whatever. We’re grasping for straws here.
Currently our record is 14-25. Miserable. Not that anyone cares, but we’re 11.5 games behind first place. So much fun.
But there was a huge bright spot to today, which was that Orlando Hudson was released and Jason Bartlett was put on the DL. That should improve at least Padres fans’ morale for a while. I am actually thrilled that the Padres finally, finally made these moves. I’m really excited also because this means that Andy Parrino will hopefully get more playing time.
Parrino is definitely becoming my new Padres crush. He’s adorable.
Looking ahead to the weekend, we’re starting Interleague Play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Albert Pujols. I’ll be out at all three games – so excited to get out to the ballpark to see the boys. It should be a fun weekend. I am actually excited to see the Angels. They’re only slightly better than the Padres record-wise, so it would be great to win at least one good game against them.
It’s good to be back.
In all the Trevor Hoffman excitement yesterday, the actual game sort of flew under the radar. But it’s worth knowing about, because it was a seriously great game.
Cory Luebke started it, and he carried a no-hitter to the fourth inning with two outs, just like he did on his outing before (on Tuesday.) The no-hitter was broken up by the Marlins’ Mike Stanton hitting a solo home run in that fourth inning.
But rewind to the bottom of the first, with leadoff hitter Will Venable starting off the game. With a count of 2-0, he hit a solo home run to right field.
An out later, Cameron Maybin walked. An out after that, Orlando Hudson singled. Then Kyle Blanks doubled in both Maybin and Hudson for a 3-0 Padres lead.
Cory and the Padres cruised through the seven innings. Other than the home run, not much happened. The Padres did leave quite a few runners on base, but we had a solid lead and we’re feeling pretty good.
In the top of the eighth, the Marlins’ John Beck hit a sacrifice fly to move Florida within one run of a tie. Heath Bell came in because there were two outs, and got the final out.
Then the top of the ninth was when the craziness started. Heath Bell got two quick outs when Mike Cameron came to the plate. And. He. Hit. A. Freaking. Home. Run. I couldn’t believe it. I could not believe that he hit a solo home run to tie to game.
“You did not just do that,” I said over and over again. “You did NOT just do that.”
I was not happy. We were literally within one out of winning that stupid game and Mike came in and stole it away from us. Garrrr.
But then we got to the bottom of the ninth. Whew. Thank goodness for the bottom of the ninth.
Nick Hundley, who has been on fire since he came off the disabled list, hit a triple to lead off the inning. SOO exciting.
Then Edward Mujica, who was pitching for the Marlins, intentionally walked the next two hitters to load the bases (Logan Forsythe and Alberto Gonzalez.) We booed him, of course. I knew that it wouldn’t help him at all. Because guess who was coming to the plate? That’s right. Will Venable, the man who started off the game with a home run, was about to finish the game with another bang.
Single over the head of the right field. Nick Hundley scored. Padres win.
It was a great game. Even Heath blowing it gave us the opportunity to finish off the game with excitement. So everything turned out well in the end.
Yesterday was a great day to be a San Diego Padres fan. Thank you to the Padres organization for such a wonderful day at the ballpark.