I hate sharing first place. The past two days stunk because the Giants beat us twice and moved into first place with us. First place is a very narrow space and there’s only room for one team (the San Diego Padres) so when any other team forces themselves into there, it’s cramped and gross and we don’t like it. Today, we shoved them out of there and got OUR first-place back. So there.
MY PADRES ARE AMAZING!!!!! I don’t know about you, but I am so catching the playoff fever. We are merely a few games away from the end of the regular season and after that, we’re going to the playoffs. Oh my goodness we are going to the playoffs.
The ten-game losing steak stunk and so did losing these first two games to the Giants. But you know what, we’ve gotta forget those games. All that matters is the sweep of the Dodgers and the win today (and tomorrow). You’ve gotta forget those losses or you’re just going to lose more games.
Especially now, we have to focus on beating these Giants.
Today we did that. Oh my goodness it was such a great game! Tim Stauffer pitched INCREDIBLY. Going into this game, I was kind of like, eh, he’ll probably do okay, but he totally went way above that. He threw six innings, only allowing three hits and no runs with five strikeouts. So good.
Then Yorvit Torrealba hit a solo homer in the third. Thanks to the pitching, that one run held the entire time. The dynamic trio of Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell were amazing. None of them allowed a hit. They stuck out five. They held that lead.
The ninth was soo cool. After getting one out, Heath hit a batter. Always gotta keep it interesting. But he quickly got two outs on the next batter. On the third pitch of the at-bat, the runner took off and the batter swung through the pitch. Yorvit threw the ball to second and got the runner out!!! It was so exciting because of course we were thinking double play in that situation but we didn’t really expect it to happen that way!
Oh man I am so pumped right now. This team is just so amazing and I seriously think they’re going to win this. They’ve got it. We’re only leading by one game but I think that on October 3rd, we’re going to be National League West Champions.
Also, I have a really good feeling about the game tomorrow, which may or may not have been helped by the amazing advertisement in the Sports section of the Union-Tribune today. I seriously think this is going to be one of the biggest games of the year! I mean, come on, how much better does it get than Mat Latos vs. Tim Lincecum?
I am super happy about the attendance at Petco today as well. There were over 41,000 people today, and even over the radio, I could tell that they were into every single pitch. My goodness, just to hear you guys out there got me so pumped up right here in my living room. The energy out there was just amazing!
I am so so so excited about this team right now. We are amazing!! I am so proud to be a Padres fan!!! ♥
Latos, go get ’em.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!! FIRST-PLACE IS OURS!!!!
(and GO CHRIS YOUNG!!!)
Wow, it’s been quite a while since I blogged! Sorry about that guys, but I was out of town all week and didn’t get a chance to blog.
Anyways, what a team. What a season. I just love these boys like crazy. That sweep of the Cubs was amazing!! I had the chance to listen to the Cubs broadcast for a couple of those games, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those guys were totally amazed by the Padres. They said stuff like, “They just do everything right. They’re getting all the breaks. There’s nothing that they can’t do.” It was soooooooo much fun to hear these guys just totally flabbergasted and hopeless because of what my Padres were doing to their Cubs. It excites me so much that at least someone’s noticing how good these Padres are.
I’m also very very happy about the standings. After that series we won against them, they kind of let the guard down a bit and we were able to take a 6-game lead. It’s now down to 5.5, but still. That’s an absolutely great lead. We’re definitely going to keep it up.
You know how to show just how good my Padres are? Four of the five teams in the NL West have records over .500. But they’re 12, 10.5, and 5.5 games behind the first-place Padres.
I am just SOO excited!!! We’re getting sooo close. We’re playing great baseball. We didn’t do that great against the Brewers, but we did avoid the sweep once again. Now we’re home against the Diamondbacks, and then I get to go to the game on Friday against the Phillies. It’s going to be so sweet.
Also, DAVID ECKSTEIN IS BACK!!!!!! I’m sooo happy!!!! He just adds sooo much. He is very needed here. Thank you for getting better Eck!!
So that means Everth Cabrera is out, Luis Durango is in. I kind of feel bad for Everth, but he really does need the break. He’ll go down there, get better, and be able to contribute more up here.
Clayton Richard tonight. Let’s do this.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
Last night’s game was sooo amazing!! Super intense, but thanks to our pitching, we were able to win the game 3-2.
First of all, I love love love that we made Jonathan Sanchez eat his words. He was okay, but left the game in the sixth with three runs given up. Eat up, buddy.
This game was really crazy because we got caught in quite a few rundowns, we played the game under protest, and there were some extremely intense and scary plays. Heart-attack types. But through the whole thing, it was pitching, pitching, pitching.
We got that 3-2 in the sixth, so for the next 3 1/2 innings, we had to hold that lead. It was soo intense. I had complete confidence in the bullpen, but there’s always that risk factor. We were only leading by one run. One swing of the bat, and that could be gone. So it was tense. But the combination of Gregerson, Adams, and Bell took care of it.
Crazy, crazy game, but I am just soooo happy that we won!! It feels so good to see that 3.5 game lead and to know that no matter what happens in the next two games, we will leave San Francisco with our first-place lead. Man I love these boys!
Right now we’re playing the second game of the series. We’re leading 1-0 in the top of the third and Mat Latos is looking great. I have a feeling that this one’s going to be a good one.
Talk about execution. Miguel Tejada just took the first pitch he saw and doubled. Then Adrian took the first pitch he saw and flew out, but that moved Miggy to third. Oh. And then Ryan Ludwick took the first pitch he saw and got Miggy doubled up. Oh well.
Anyways, I’m really really really missing Kouz today. I woke up this morning really missing him. I wish I could sit down and talk to him sometime. He means so much to me and I miss him like crazy!! Sigh. Love you Kouz.
Well, hopefully we can get this game to get the series.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
Kevin Kouzmanoff has been gone from the Padres for about four months. I haven’t really dedicated an entry to him at all since the season started, so I’d like to update you all on how he’s been doing over with the A’s.
First of all, I really miss him. I think I would probably miss him even more if my Padres weren’t doing so well. I mean, if we were down in the cellar, I would be a lot more upset. So far, the Padres have been playing so well that I haven’t really had time to think about my baby. But I still miss him like crazy.
On Friday, I’m going to my first game of the year, which also marks my first Padres game since Kouz got traded. It’s going to be very sad not to have him there. I LOVE going to games, but I was always extra excited about it because I would get to see Kouz. It’s going to be very sad without him there.
Kouz has been doing very well with Oakland. I’m just really glad that he didn’t leave and then completely bomb like some other people who left San Diego did (*cough Trevor and Jake cough*).
Right now he’s hitting .265 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. But on the defensive side, he already has four errors. Last year he had three total. I think he’s really provided a lot to Oakland, and for that I’m thankful.
I think I would also miss him a lot more if Chase was a total bust at third for us. But as it is, he’s been pretty decent, and I’m thankful for that too.
I do miss him a lot though. It’s so sad that he had to leave. But no matter what, this dude will always be my number one favorite baseball player. I’m going to be out there on Friday night with my special Kouzmanoff jersey, and maybe I’ll even break out a picture of Kouz to put on my sleeve. I know that it’s going to be a special night. Since we’re playing against the Nationals, I’m really hoping that we’ll get a big win. The Nationals actually aren’t doing too bad this season, but still.
But first, we’ve got the Cardinals to deal with. I think this is going to be a huge series. By the way, I’m really really glad that we were able to come back and win the series over the weekend over the Mariners. We like NEVER win a series against the Mariners, or any Interleague games for that matter, so I was really, really glad we were able to get that. Plus, we got our one-run first-place lead back, so we’re good. But the Cards are going to be an extremely tough team to beat. I think. Looking at the records alone, we are actually very close. It’s going to be a very well-matched series, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top. Hopefully, it will be my Padres!
I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great week of Padres baseball.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!