Rally Time

  • 5-4 Padres

Ted Leightner said it. It was the bottom of the 8th. After Arizona took the lead, 4-0, in the top of the 7th, it seemed like they were going to avoid the sweep. But we got 3 in the bottom half of the inning. In the eighth, Brian Giles singled. The next two hitters made outs, but Chase Headley drove Giles in as the tying run. As Jody Gerut was at the plate, Chase stole a crucial base. Soon after, Jody singled him in. As Chase crossed the plate, Leightner said, “This game belongs to the Padres!” In seemed like a weird thing to say, as we still had half an inning to get through. But it was thrilling. And it was right. On to the top of the 9th, to Trevor Time, where Trev was absolutely on his game. First batter: swinging strike, ball, called strike, swinging strike. Second batter: ball, ball, ball, called strike, swinging strike, called strike. Last victim: swinging strike, called strike, swinging strike. Game over. So Trev gets his 551st save. This is kind of cool because his number is 51 and I happen to really like the number 551. It was also our 51st win of the season. It is his 27th save of the season, and he was just dominating. But the starters were amazing as well. Cha Sueng Baek and Randy Johnson held the game scoreless for 6 innings. They were mowing. But Baek fell apart first, though he only allowed 2 runs. The other two fall on Clay Hensley, who was not good. Johnson ended up giving the Padres 3 runs. Jody hit a triple, Edgar Gonzalez singled him in, and Nick Hundley hit his third major league home run. Chad Qualls gave up the other two runs to the Padres. Mike Adams got the win, and it is well deserved. He threw another solid inning.  So we swept the NL West leaders. It was just an amazing series. We played solid, exciting baseball. And today’s game is a celebration. GO PADRES!   

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