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Three Out Of Four!

Last night the Padres wrapped up their four game series with the Pirates by sending Wade LeBlanc to the mound against Daniel McCutchen.

Both teams had not hit a home run for the whole series, but that changed when Adrian Gonzalez came up in the top of the first. With a runner on, he hit his 39th homer of the season to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. With every home run that he hits, Adrian makes a new career high. I definitely think he’s going to have at least 40 this year. Wow.

adrian 39th homer.jpgThe Pirates have been worthy opponents this weekend. It was surprising, but it was pretty cool. They’ve got a lot of great young players right now, and maybe the Pirates will be a good team soon. Last night, they cut our lead in half right away on a solo homer by Garrett Jones in the bottom of the first.

leblanc awwwww.jpgWade LeBlanc threw very well. He only went five innings, but he only allowed one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. He was very solid, especially compared to earlier in the year!! YAY WADE!!

The Padres got a run in the third. The Pirates got a run in the sixth.

The Padres had a great eigth inning. Chase Headley led it off with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer to give us a 6-2 lead.

Unfortunately, the Pirates came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs off Luke Gregerson, who has been so solid lately!! I guess that’s just baseball.

So, we were still clinging to our 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Heath Bell came in. And you know what happens when Heath has only a one-run lead. Yep, he gives it up. He got the bases loaded with no outs! Thankfully, he only allowed one run to tie.

We went to extra innings. Neither team got anything in the tenth, but the Padres got plenty in the 11th, that’s for sure.

Everth Cabrera singled, Eck sacrificed him over, and Adrian was intentionally walked. Then Chase Headley doubled, driving in Everth. Will Venable was intentionally walked to get to Oscar Salazar, which I do not get at all. It was a very bad move, as Salazar doubled in Adrian and Chase. 

After a pitching change, Nick sac-flied in one, and T. Gwynn singed in our 11th run of the game.

Adam Russell took the bottom of the inning, and we won 11-6!! It was such an amazing game. The Pirates were really in it, but we took three out of four. Oh yeah!

Chase Headley had an incredible night. He had five hits, all from the left side, and drove in two runs.

headleygonzhug.jpgWhat a great series for the Padres. Now I think we’re ready to go play in the freezing cold Colorado for three games!! 

As you know, Kouz has been out for quite a while with the calf problem. He was hoping to be back in last night, but something came up. I’ll let the clip in the Union Tribune tell the story:

It’s always something

“My calf feels great,” third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff told Black Monday afternoon, “but I tweaked my back.”

Kouzmanoff, who was hoping to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday with a sufficiently recovered strain of his left calf, was more embarrassed than pained to report his latest injury. Evidently, he hurt himself when going back to sit in the chair in front of his locker at PNC Park, but the chair wasn’t there and he went straight to the floor on his backside.

Black said he thinks the tweaked back is not serious enough to keep Kouzmanoff from playing in Colorado.

Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read this!! That’s just hilarious. At first I was like, oh no, not his back!! But then I realized that probably isn’t the chronic back problem that he has. Man, soooo funny!! Kouz is amazing πŸ™‚

Yeah, so the Padres are ready to go play spoiler in Colorado. But it’s going to be soooo cold. I feel so bad for all the guys who have to play in weather like that! Well, hopefully they will be able to keep hot πŸ™‚

Edward Mujica is pitching tonight.

GO PADRES!!!   

Five Series In A Row

I love these guys. Something amazing is happening here in San Diego, and it’s so much fun to watch.

Wade LeBlanc got the ball for the series finale against the Giants. He threw seven innings, allowing nothing but a two-run homer and four hits. I’m not sure what was going on with him earlier in the season, but he’s finally found his groove (and his strikes). It’s about time. This guy might have a chance to break into the starting rotation next year. Great effort yesterday, Wade!! Well done.

wade leblanc.jpgThe offense of this game can be summed up in two words: Cabrera and Gonzalez. In the top of the first, Everth led off the game with a single. While Eck was batting, he stole second. Eck grounded out, and while Adrian was batting, Everth moved to third on a passed ball. Adrian singled Everth in to give us the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third, E-Cab walked. With Eck batting, he stole second. Eck sacrificed him over to third. Adrian came up and hit his 37th home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.

adrian 37th homer.jpgAdrian’s 37th is the most he’s ever hit in a year as a major league player. Last year, he made a career-high of 36. Now his career high is 37. I know it’s just a number to Adrian, but it is a big accomplishment. Congrats, Adrian!! 

ev beng gonzo.jpgThe Giants got on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, but that’s all they got for the entire game.

In the sixth, Oscar Salazar hit a solo homer to extend our lead.

LeBlanc started the eighth, but did not get an out. He walked the first two batters. Luke Gregerson came in and did an incredible job of getting out of the inning. He got three straight outs to end the threat. Let me tell you, the guys in the bullpen have been the unsung heroes this year. They really don’t get much attention, but they have done an excellent job here.

Heath Bell allowed a hit in the ninth, but he closed it to get his 37th save and give the Padres their fifth straight series win.

Oh my goodness, I was soooo happy!!! This is a different team than we saw earlier in the year. These guys are playing hard, working together, and getting the job done. It’s so great!

We are now 20 games behind, which doesn’t really matter at this point, but it’s still good to see us inching back towards the right direction.

Man, with the way things are going, Heath might have a 40+ save season. I think Adrian’s definitely going to have over 40 home runs.

What a great series. I am soooo glad that we didn’t have to face Lincecum!!

I love the Union Tribune. They’ve got some quality writing going there. BUT there was something in there today that I took slight offense to. Every day, they have a “Who’s Hot Who’s Not” section. Recently, Kouz has been in the “Who’s Hot” section a lot, because his bat has been on fire. And of course, because he’s really hot.

But today, he was in the “Who’s Not” section!! How rude. It reads: “Sidelined by strained calf muscle just as the club was launching a campaign to promote third baseman for a Gold Glove. Also had 13 RBI in last 13 games.” 

I mean, come on. It’s not Kouz’s fault that he got hurt. He was just trying to throw a ball to first when it happened. I don’t think getting hurt warrants being placed in the “Who’s Not” section. Sure, it’s terribly disappointing, but I guess it’s a good thing he doesn’t read the papers. I love you Kouz!!!!

get_well_soon_11.gifIf you would like to join a Facebook group for Kouz, “Kevin Kouzmanoff for Gold Glove,” click on this link and invite your friends to join as well!! 

My boys get an off-day at home today. We will play the Rockies for three games this weekend at our beloved Petco Park. Three NL West rivals in a row. Well, make it four if you count the Diamondbacks next week. 4-2 record against the first two. Hmmmm.

The Rockies have a 8-4 record against us this year, but this team is a much different team than the one that was around earlier in the season.

Tomorrow, Edward Mujica will get the start. Now, that will be interesting. He’s been in the bullpen for us all year.

Enjoy the off-day, boys πŸ™‚ 

GO PADRES!! 

Unlikely Hero

Coming into last night’s game, Wade LeBlanc had had a very bad time in the majors. In the eight major league starts he had before, he had an ERA of 8.53. He also had a 16.20 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium. He hadn’t been that good at all in his starts with the Padres. Descent in Triple-A, but not good in the majors.

Until last night.

LeBlanc had, by far, the very best start he’s made in the major leagues. He threw six innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and struck out two. He was being aggressive, throwing strikes, and he threw an excellent game. I’m very pleased. Well done, Wade.

wadeleblanc.jpgIn the top of the first, we got two runners on with no outs. Everth walked and Eck singled. But Adrian struck out and Everth got caught stealing. Thankfully, Kouz was able to single in Eck to give us the lead.

In the top of the second, Oscar Salazar singled. Will Venable grounded out, sending Oscar to second. Then, craziness abounded. Nick Hundley singled, the hit going off the pitcher’s glove and to the shortstop. The shortstop threw past first, and as Oscar chugged around to score, the first baseman threw over the catcher’s head and into the stands. My goodness. The Dodgers got charged for two errors on that play, and the Padres got their second run.

nick sing;e.jpgAfter LeBlanc left the game, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson threw. Heath Bell relieved Luke with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the potential tying runs on board. Heath induced a fly-out to left field to get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Heath came back to get the save. First batter he faced singled. But, he got an excellent double play started by Kouz. Heath ended the game with a called strike to the last batter.

heath fist.jpgAnd so, we won 2-0, beating our division rivals. Sure, we’re 20 games behind them, but this time, the mouse came out on top of the cat.

cat_amp_mouse.jpgLike I said the other day, we’re playing spoiler. We keep the Dodgers down, and we can determine who’s going to win this thing. Last night’s game was not easy. We only got two runs, five hits, the whole game. The Dodgers had some big threats going. All it would have taken was a single to tie the game. Thankfully, our pitching was able to keep them down, but it wasn’t easy.

There’s a ton of energy when the Padres and Dodgers meet. The crowd was 52,965!! I definitley heard some “LET’S GO PADRES!!” out there. These series are intense.

We have no right winning this series, I know. By the numbers, we’re the worst team in the NL West. The Dodgers have been in the lead almost all year. They’re a dominating club. But this Padres team has changed since the last time we met. They’re different, better. And I think they’re going to become a playoff-hopeful team’s worst nightmare.

Mat Latos will be making his last start of the year tonight against Randy Wolf. After tonight, the Padres will be shutting down Latos, since he’s had a very large work load this year. I hope he’ll be able to have a great start to finish off a great year. Go Latos!!

GO PADRES!!! BEAT LA!!!   

Sloooooooooow Off-Day

I seriously have nothing to blog about today. I’ve been wracking my brain for something interesting to write about, but it’s not happening. Off-days, you know…

Ah ha!

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Baseball crackers!!! How fascinating is that.

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Haha.

We’re playing the Dodgers today in Dodger Stadium. Wade LeBlanc will start and hopefully do a great job. Hopefully our bats will still be hot and our gloves crisp. Hopefully we will be able to pound the Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!

Review of a BUSY Weekend

Ah, it’s so great to be back to blogging after a busy weekend! I’ve got a lot to tell you guys, so hang in there! Lots of interesting stuff happened this weekend…

PADRES GAMES

  • Saturday against the Indians: 8-6 Indians

It was a pretty good game from the Padres’ side, actually. Cha Seung Baek started, not allowing a baserunner until he gave up a bunt single in the third. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. I think he’s getting a little better. Justin Hampson has been falling apart a bit lately. He gave up four runs on three hits. Arturo Lopez gave up two runs. But the other three pitchers did well.

The hitting highlight of this game was probably outfielder Drew Macias. He had three hits and a great defensive game as well. Cliff Floyd drove in two runs, and Luis Rodriguez had an RBI. I think we did pretty well in this game. Obviously the pitching is still struggling, but I seriously think that the hitters are ready to go. They’ve been in camp for a while, and they are ready. But there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made, so it’s good that some of these guys are getting as many ABs as possible. This half of the Padres lost 8-6. 

  • Saturday against the Giants: 8-4 Padres

We won half of this split-squad thingy! If you had asked me, I would have said that the team in Peoria would have won, but no. It was the Scottsdale team that came out on top.

Cesar Ramos started the game and threw three scoreless innings. I am very pleased that he had a good outing. He probably won’t make the team out of Spring Training, but he has struggled this spring, so it’s good to see him put up some zeros there. Walter Silva pitched two scoreless innings, which is great! Silva is on loan to the Padres from a team in Mexico, and we’re taking a look at him for as potential starter in the rotation. Thing is, he hurt his ankle and Saturday was his first outing this spring. I am very glad that he pitched well, though! Jae Kuk Ryu and Will Inman each gave up two runs. But otherwise, the pitching did pretty well!

Chase Headley and Nick Hundley each hit a two-run double in this game. Kyle Blanks hit his second homer of the spring, driving in two runs. Very cool. My boy Kevin Kouzmanoff also had two hits. Yay! We seem to hit Matt Cain pretty well. At least lately. When we faced him in a game in September, we killed him, getting like five runs in the bottom of the first. And here again, he gave up five runs to us. Interesting. And so, this half (the better half?) of the Padres won 8-4. Great game!

  • Sunday against the Rangers: 10-7 Rangers

Well. Not so great game for my Padres, or should I say, their pitching!!! Let’s see…Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs in two innings, Nick Schmidt gave up six runs without getting an out, and Josh Banks gave up a run. I don’t remember who Josh Banks is. He might have come up to the majors last year, but I’m not sure…oh wait, I remember him now. He must have been in the minor league camp so far. Anyways, Joe Thatcher threw a scoreless inning, even getting three strikeouts around two hits. He still needs to go way down to the minors.

Chad Huffman hit a homer and got three hits. Pete Ciofrone also hit a homer. Chris Snelling (more about him later) had a double and drove in three runs. Brett Dowdy had two hits.

And so, we lost. But it was a great game on the hitting side. If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. Jerry Coleman is brilliant.

MY BROTHER’S GAME

So, my brother played his fourth game of the season on Saturday afternoon. It was a great game! Pirates against the Marlins, and the Pirates came out on top, 7-2. First of all, the Marlins pitching was not very good. My brother got on base for the very first time in his baseball career by getting walked on four really wide pitches. So, when he’s in the majors some 12-15 years from now, he can say that he got on base for the first time by getting walked on four pitches. How neat! The reporters will be all over that. Just kidding πŸ™‚

 Anyways, in the last inning (which happened to be the fifth), the Marlin’s pitching was going nuts. Strikeout, walk, walk, hit by pitch, hit by pitch, walk, walk. Yeah, pretty crazy. In fact, their pitching gave up nine walk in five innings! But now, the most exciting part (to our family): my brother got hit-by-pitch! But not just any ordinary HBP. He got it with the bases loaded! Now he can tell the reporters when he makes his major league debut that he got his first ever RBI by getting hit-by-pitch from a pitcher who was not very good! And he didn’t get hit badly. I think he got it in the shoulder/upper arm area. It was certainly a little sore the next day, but he was fine. Pretty cool! My mom and I were just sitting there laughing. It was pretty amazing!

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

Now, the WBC. Mexico is very close to elimination, but with my Gonzalez boys on that team, they have a chance to get back into this thing. I think it was a really great weekend at Petco Park. Some great games were played. And Team USA is still in it for now.

JAKE PEAVY

But now I must have a little rant. About Jake Peavy. Yes, Padres ace and face of the organization is pitching with Team USA right now. He’s had two outings, and he’s given up eight runs in five innings. He’s also given up five walks. I am really worried about him. I feel like he’s pushing himself way too hard way too early. He only had two outings with the Padres before he left. He’s been put into this “playoff” atmosphere, and I know how much pride he has about playing with that USA on his chest. But I really think he is pushing himself too hard. And I’m worried that this will carry over to the season. Last time the WBC came around, Jake gave up three runs in eight innings. That was the year that he got hurt. Can you believe the blow it would be to this Padres team if Jake isn’t in top form this year?? Well, we saw it last year, when Jake was out with that elbow problem. That along with the 22-inning game killed our season. We can’t lose our ace. Not again. So, I hate to say it, but I really hope Jake can get back into camp soon. He really needs to slow it down. Come back to us, Jake!!!!!!!!!!

UM, EDGAR…??

edgar laughing.jpgI just had to share this picture. I mean, is that creepy or what? In the photo caption on MLB.com, it said that Edgar was sharing a laugh with his brother Adrian. Looks more like Edgar is yelling at his younger brother. Poor Adrian, always getting lectured by his older, shorter brother. Just kidding, the Gonzalez brothers have a great relationship. And though I have no doubt that Edgar really was laughing in this picture, I just had to poke fun at him. It is a pretty funny picture!

NEW SIGNEES

The Padres signed two players to minor league deals over the weekend: outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Duaner Sanchez. Now, the outfielder move is really questionable in my mind. We don’t need another outfielder! Maybe they want him for his bat. But I mean, our outfield is all locked up. We’ve got Jody Gerut in center, Brian Giles in right, and Chase Headley in left. Plus, we’ve got Scott Hairston and Will Venable, who are stellar outfielders. I don’t think we have a place for Snelling, but he sounds like a good player. As for the new pitcher, hey, we need arms that don’t give up ten runs a game. So let’s see if he can pitch!

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Well, the Padres are off today. Tomorrow we will play The Angels Angels in Peoria. GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: MLB.com)   

Padres Win Against Team Korea

  • 10-4 Padres

What a game! Last night, the Padres played Team Korea in an exhibition game. The Padres played a great game.

Kevin Correia started, throwing four innings and giving up one hit and one walk. It’s looking even more likely that this guy will get the fourth spot in our rotation, and I think he’s doing great. I mean, four innings and one hit. That’s pretty good, my friends. Pretty great! Wade LeBlanc took the mound next and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits. LeBlanc has been struggling a bit this spring, so it’s great to see him have some solid innings there. Ivan Nova got hit the hardest, giving up four runs on five hits. But Scott Patterson had a scoreless hitless inning to end the game. I am so glad that our pitching is getting back to form!

On the hitting side, we did very well. We had 14 hits and 10 runs! Brian Giles had three hits in three ABs and drove in two runs. Giles is old, and he’s had a lot of injury problems, but boy can he hit! If he can stay healthy and out of jail, he will be really good for us this year. Chase Headley had two two-run doubles. Yay! Kyle Blanks had a RBI. Cliff Floyd and Jody Gerut each had two hits. Nick Hundley threw out a potential basestealer!

Definitely a great game for my Padres. The pitching was great, and we hit very well. It was a feel-good game.

Today we are playing the Brewers. I bet Trevor’s going to pitch. I mean, he’s gotta face us sometime. I really hope I don’t miss it, though. So, we’ll see how that’s going to go. He probably won’t pitch. I don’t know. All that matters is that we win the game! Hopefully I will get to listen to a lot of this game.

  • CF Drew Macias
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • RF Emil Brown
  • 1B Kyle Blanks
  • LF Will Venable
  • C Eliezer Alfonso
  • SS Everth Cabrera
  • SP Josh Geer

Geer is going four innings, then Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Chad Reineke, Matt Buschmann, Cesar Carrillo.

GO PADRES!! 

A Wild and Woolly Game

  • 13-11 Rockies

Man, there has got to be something in the air when the Padres and the Rockies played. I mentioned a couple of the weird things that have happened in the past between these two teams like Game 163 and the 22-inning game in my post eariler. Today’s game was almost like we were playing in Coors Field!

It all started in the beginning of the game, really. Kevin Correia started for the Padres and did very well. But he allowed a two-run homer to Yorvit Torrealba in the first inning to get the scoring going. Correia pitched three innings, and besides the homer, threw very well. The next pitcher was Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc has done really well in his first innings of work, but once he hits that second inning, he essentially falls apart. Same thing happened today. His first inning was really sharp, 1-2-3. But his second was really bad. He gave up THREE runs. Three of them! It was a nasty inning. The next victim, er, pitcher was Chad Reineke. Reineke was average last year when he was with the Padres. He seems to have a problem with giving up a lot of runs. Today, he gave up four runs in the sixth, only two of them earned. In the seventh, Ivan Nova gave up four runs.

That’s 13 runs given up by this pitching staff. Jae Kuk Ryu and Cesar Carrillo had scoreless innings, but that’s a tiny positive. In the beginning of the spring, our pitching staff was really sharp. But it seems like there’s a bug going around the pitchers, and it’s called the “giving-up-too-many-runs virus”. I don’t like it. The cure? Who knows, but if these guys want to be on the Opening Day roster, they’d better heal up quick.

On the offensive side, we hit very well. But once again, it was too little too late. We got things going in the fifth, when we scored five runs. Chase Headley had a huge three-run homer, followed by Kyle Blanks with a solo homer. But the most exciting part of the ballgame for the Padres was probably the bottom of the 9th. I stopped following the game because I thought it was over. The boxscore had a big “zero” in the Padres’ spot for the 9th, so for some reason I thought it was done. But as they say, it’s not over ’til it’s over! Because in that 9th, Chad Huffman hit a grand slam with two outs! But we still fell two runs short, and we fell to the Rockies.

Well, that was the Rockies’ first win of the spring, and of course it had to be against their NL West rivals. Figures that it was a high scoring game too. Either the Rockies’ hitters were really frustrated and ready to win, or the Padres’ pitching was going down the drain. I’d say it’s a combination of both. A few of our young guys had a really good game, so I am very pleased about that. But I am not happy with our pitching. Not happy at all.

It was a really good broadcast, though. It was just Ted and Jerry, and with Jerry on the air so much, it can get very amusing. They actually had Chase Headley up in the booth during the game, and it got pretty funny. Ted thought that Chase would be a really good broadcaster, so he’s like, “Hey, if you don’t have anything else to do, come talk to us and we’ll get you a job!” To which Chase replied, “Well, hopefully I’ll have a job for the next 15 years or so!” But it’s true. Chase has a really good presence on the radio, and I think he would do a good job. He got married in the offseason, and he talked a little about that. He said that since he’s so ugly, he had to take any girl that would have him πŸ™‚

Since you all were wondering (riiiight), I decided to do this entry today because I’m planning on sleeping in tomorrow morning, and knowing me, I’ll probably sleep ’til 11 or so. The Padres have a game against the A’s in Peoria tomorrow at noon. One of my friends is actually going to it, so it will be cool to hear his account of the game and to see a bunch of pictures. Josh Geer is starting. Following him will be Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Mark Worrell, Cesar Ramos, and Matt Buschmann. That’s a lineup of some great pitchers. We’ll have to see if the virus has reached them yet.

Well, have a great weekend, everybody! GO PADRES!!