Well, what do you know.
Your San Diego Padres have won three games in a row, and they didn’t hold anything back.
We scored 35 runs. Had 40 hits. Hit five home runs, including two grand slams.
This is not the Padres we’re used to, but man, did I enjoy this weekend. It’s really great for us, but we do feel for the Pirates, since we’ve experienced so much of their pain, like the Union-Tribune article was talking about. Today we gave the Pirates their 10th straight loss. Ouch.
One thing I was really excited about today was Mat Latos’ outing. He did really well! He went seven solid innings, only allowing two runs on four hits, and those runs didn’t come until the bottom of the eighth. He also had seven strikeouts and got the win. Way to go, Mat!!
Former Padre Kevin Correia actually started for the Pirates, which I thought was funny. He only went 5.2 innings and got the loss. HA!
The sweep was a great victory, but we had a lot of bad news this week on the injury side. Chris Denorfia was put on the DL with a strained hamstring, which is really sad. Here’s a great video that shows us many reasons why losing Chris is so bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCCKEsNMomA
Also, Chase Headley is going to be out for a few weeks with fractured left little finger. Not good. Not good…at all.
We go to New York to play the Mets next. Tim Stauffer is starting tomorrow night.
Anthony. Rizzo. Is. Amazing.
You would not believe how excited I am about this kid. I got to watch the entirety of last night’s game on TV, which is actually very rare for me. And my goodness, I am so thankful that I got to see it all.
Anthony did not disappoint. His first at-bat ended in a called strike, but the strike zone was a little iffy all night. But in his second at-bat, he hit a triple!!!!! It was so great. His next two at-bats were walks, which was great because it showed his patience at the plate and that he’ll contribute in little ways. I was so impressed by him, in everything really: his presence on the field, his defense and plate discipline, and the way he carried himself in the countless interviews that he did. It was incredible.
I am even more excited than ever that my family and I decided to go to tonight’s game a week ago. We had no idea that we would get to see Anthony’s second major league game, but here we are. I’m just so excited to see Anthony and to see the whole team really. We had one of the best games of the year last night. We got ten hits, and really dominated the Nationals. There’s soo much energy around Padres baseball right now, I can’t wait to experience it tonight.
Speaking of which, there’d better be a ton of fans out there tonight. Last night there were only 16,000. Which is pathetic even for a normal weekday game. But I expected a lot more people to be out there to see Rizzo. It was strange. But tonight, you’ve got Party in the Park, Salute to the Negro Leagues, Fellowship Night, and Anthony Rizzo. Oh yeah, and Mat Latos too. If you can, get out to the game tonight. Yes, Rizzo is for real. Just get out there and go see him already!!
Yesterday was a good day for Padres fans. Worth trading Adrian away? Maybe. Probably. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I can say that I like this spark of energy. Anthony is helping to give the Padres life, and that’s something that we desperately need.
I haven’t been this excited about Padres baseball in a long time.
GO PADRES!!! GO RIZZO!! GO LATOS!!!
There were two defining moments in tonight’s game: the beginning and the end. But the rest of the game stank too.
Coming off of three straight wins against the Nationals over the weekend, the Rockies came to town and dispelled any hope that Padres fans might have mustered.
After Carlos Gonzalez struck out to start the game, Chris Nelson tripled and Troy Stinking Tulowitzki singled him in for the Rockies’ first run of the game. That was the bad beginning.
The score stayed one-nothing Rockies for the rest of the game, at least until the top of the ninth. Of course, if the Padres hadn’t overcome that daunting lead all game long, they probably wouldn’t be able to overcome it in the bottom of the ninth, but it’s nice to hope. So it still wasn’t cool that the Padres gave up two more runs to obliterate any chance of coming back.
And in the middle, there were plenty of bad things made this game stink. Including but not limited to:
- The fact that we had the same amount of hits as the Rockies did (9), but somehow the Rockies scored three runs and we scored none.
- The fact that we left 11 runners on base and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
- The fact that Clayton Richard threw an amazing game, but got his seventh loss of the year.
- The fact that we are a last-place team never helps things either. Sigh.
It was just a sad game. I don’t appreciate it when we lose like that. Oh well.
Tim Stauffer will try to get us some shred of dignity tomorrow night against Ubaldo Jimenez.
First round of the draft was today. The draft has never really excited me because we always get the worst players, but who knows. Congrats to infielder Cory Spangenberg on being the Padres’ first-round draft pick this year. I hope you have better fortune than other recent Padre first-round draft picks.
We all knew that it was going to happen. We started off interleague play this weekend at home against the Mariners, and we got nothing doing. We got swept, bang bang bang.
Not surprising at all.
We only scored two runs in the entire series. We had three errors. We got a good amount of hits, but obviously it wasn’t enough to score any runs.
At the beginning of the season, the hitting was horrible and the pitching was really okay. But now, the pitching has been infected with the disease of the hitters, and we have absolutely no hope.
Here’s the records of our five starting pitchers:
- Mat Latos: 1-6
- Clayton Richard: 2-5
- Tim Stauffer: 0-3
- Dustin Moseley: 1-6
- Aaron Harang: 5-2
Aaron’s the only one who’s had any bit of a chance against some good teams. Props to him, but look at the rest of our starting pitching. It’s so bad!!
It’s not entirely the pitchers’ fault, though. Moseley had put out many, many good outings, but you can’t win when you don’t have run support.
In case anyone was interested, the Padres’ record is 19-28 and we’re 8.5 games behind San Francisco. Yeah, we’ve got a ways to go, but with the way we’re playing, I’m sure we’ll be able to get those games back in about 200 years.
The Cardinals are coming in to Petco for three games. They’re 28-20 and on top of their division. Oh boy.
The Padres won 13-6 yesterday.
No, I’m not kidding.
It was the most ridiculous game I’ve seen the Padres play this season, especially with the way we have been playing. This game was a completely joke, but it was so much fun!
Somehow, someway, we got an insane amount of bat power. We took a lead, lost the lead, and came back and took over the lead. We didn’t give up. We didn’t shut down. We were on fire!
We got eight runs in the top of the eighth. Simply nuts. We had 23 hits. Jason Bartlett and Cameron Maybin both went 4-for-6.
Even though this was the only game that we won in the three-game series, it was a seriously great win. Hopefully that momentum will continue as we go to Colorado. Who I am kidding? Of course it’s going go carry over! We’re going to Coors Field!
But you know what I just realized is that the opening game is on Friday the 13th. Colorado has not been a good place for us, ever. It all started with Game 163, and really strange things have been happening to us there ever since. I hope we get out okay.
In other news, MLBlogs.com is getting a make-over, which means that you might not be able to access my blog this weekend. I definitely won’t be able to, which means no exciting posts from me this weekend. I just wanted to let you know that there may be some issues, but everything should be back up on Monday and I will have a blog full of fabulous new features thanks to WordPress. I can’t wait!!
I hope we have a great series against the Rockies. I think it’s about time that the last-place Padres should cream the first-place Rockies.
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!!!!