September 2008

Padres vs. Nationals

After an off-day yesterday (our first in 20 games), we will play the Washington Nationals tonight. Our country boy Jake Peavy will be pitching. Hopefully we can get it together and finish the season with some wins. GO PADRES!!

5 To Go

  • 1-0 Rockies

There’s not much to say about this game. Josh Geer was good, but he had over 100 pitches in 5 innings. But he did get one of our 5 hits. Will Venable, Brian Giles, Kouz, and Sean Kazmar had the other 4 hits. The bullpen was pretty good. Heath Bell actually gave up two hits, but was able to get out of it. Kouz got hit-by-pitch for the 14th time this season. He now has the all-time Padres record for hit-by-pitch in a season. Go Kouz. Nick Hundley threw out Matt Holliday stealing a base. Well, that’s about all. We lost, very pathetically. Now we only have to lose 5 more games to get to the 100-loss mark. I really, really, hope we don’t, though. After the off-day today, we will start a three-game series with the Nationals. Jake Peavy is pitching tomorrow night. Oh, the Padres 2009 schedule came out yesterday. It is very interesting. The Padres will be starting and closing at home, which is really nice. I can’t wait. GO PADRES!!

Slammed Down

  • 10-3 Rockies

Taking a knuckleballer onto a team can be a huge risk. And in the case of the Padres, it has been almost deadly. A knuckleballer is either going to have the knuckler working or not. So far, Charlie Haegar doesn’t have that unique pitch working for the Padres. In his first stint on Saturday, he strugged enough to put us away for good. Last night, he walked three straight batters. Then he gave up a grand slam to Chris Iannetta. Yep, it was a hanging knuckleball. That made the score 10-2. I don’t like this guy. If he can’t pitch effectively, why is he here? I can now see why the White Sox got rid of him. With his latest failed outing, he helped us move to within 6 games of the 100-loss mark. Shawn Estes was bad. Our pitching has given up two grand slams in two games. That is very odd, but this bullpen has stunk. But the positive of this game has got to be Adrian Gonzalez yet again. In the top of the first, he hit a 2-run homer to give us our only lead. He is ON FIRE and he loves to hit in Coors Field. Another positive would be the defense. It has been incredible. Kouz is getting better at third daily. Seriously, he is becoming superb over there. Sean Kazmar came in to play shortstop, and made an incredible stop. He didn’t get a double play on it, but he should have. On an extreme negative, Luis Rodriguez hurt his arm. It is extremely unfortunate. Also, Bardo will be out for the remaining few weeks with the same strain as last time. Man, we are so injury-plagued! Hopefully Josh Geer can get it together this afternoon. GO PADRES!!   

Hitting like Crazy

  • 11-5 Padres

How do the Padres do it? They lose a horrible series to the Giants. The last game was an extra inning loss. And then they go to Colorado, and they hit like crazy. In the first inning, we got two runs off of Greg Reynolds. Will Venable led off with a double. After Luis Rodriguez sac-bunted him over, he scored on Brian Giles’ single. Giles scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s double. So, Wade LeBlanc settled in with his lead. In the 3rd, the barrage continued. It went Rodriguez single, Giles single, then Gonzalez home run, his 33rd. After that, Kouz tripled and Chase Headley doubled him in. One out later, Matt Antonelli hit his first major league homer. Wade LeBlanc singled, but that was all for the inning. In the 4th, Adrian got his third hit of the game, his second double. Headley drove him in with his second double of the night. With a 9-0 lead in the 4th, LeBlanc ran into a little trouble named Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies went walk, single, single, before Tulowitzki came to the plate. With a count of 1-1, he drove it out for a grand slam. It was 9-4 Padres at this point. But no worries, Wade was calm, and he went two more scoreless innings. In the 7th, Antonelli walked and later scored on Giles’ double. Cla Meredith had a scoreless 7th. Mike Ekstrom pitched the remaining two innings. He did allow a home run, but otherwise was very good. In the top of the 9th, Drew Macias hit his second major league home run. We win! We had 18 hits. Everyone in the lineup except Nick Hundley had hits. Even Wade LeBlanc had 2 hits and a sac bunt. This season has been horrible on the team level, but some of these players have been fantastic. Look at Adrian. With the homer and 4 RBIs last night, he has 33 homers and 109 RBIs on the year. He has been amazing! Brian Giles is almost unstoppable. He had 3 more hits last night, raising his average to .305. Wow. He has been on base 24 out of the last 25 games. He also has an 8-game hitting streak. And these young guys, again, are a HUGE positive. LeBlanc, Venable, Rodriguez, Headley, Antonelli, Macias, and Edgar, you could point to any of these guys as the ones who won the game. This series looks like it’s going in the right direction, but I must point out a few things. In the last 2 series, we started with a solid win. 4-0 against the Dodgers, and 11-3 against the Giants. But then we went on the lose the series. I would also like to point out another series in Colorado, where we won the first game 15-8. The next day we got shutout by Aaron Cook on 79 pitches. We also lost the last game. But, you never know with Coors Field and the Padres. Shawn Estes will be going for us against Ubaldo Jimenez. GO PADRES!! 

Off to Colorado

We lost the last two games of the weekend pretty badly. On Saturday, Tim Lincecum was untouchable. He threw 138 pitches in 9 innings to beat us 7-0. The bullpen was bad. On Sunday we had a 6-2 lead but a strained bullpen allowed the Giants back into it and they won 8-6 in 10 innings. So going into today, we are 7 losses away from 100 on the season. We are 20 and 1/2 games behind. The bullpen is totally suffering right now, and who knows how much Wade LeBlanc will be able to give us tonight in Colorado. Hopefully we can get something good tonight. We really need a win. GO PADRES!!

Failures

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  • 5-2 Giants

Jake started off OK. After a CY Young worthy year, his first start of the season was tremendous. But after the 22 inning game, the Padres have fallen apart. Jake has been pitching very well, but it seems so hopeless when he goes out there and gets beat by his own team. This offense can’t give their ace ANY support. If you’re watching him, you can tell that he’s trying. Last night, he didn’t give up a run til the 4th. But then he gave up single runs in the 5th and 6th. Finally, he gave up 2 more in the 8th to lose the game. He gave us 8 innings. He threw 112 pitches. But he struggled, giving up 11 hits. This guy is so amazing. He shouldn’t be on this team. He deserves to get more than this. But he’s stuck here. Anyway, now I have to tell you about his horrible offense. We had 7 hits. We also got walked by every single Giants pitcher, a total of 5 walks. We left 11 runners on. Notice that we are sort of trying. We just can’t hit with runners on base. Well, except Adrian Gonzalez. He was able to get his 4th homer in 5 games, a 2-run shot to left field. That’s the sad, sad story.

But there is hope for some good baseball, at least. Tonight is Tim Lincecum vs. Chris Young. If you recall, CY threw a complete game on Sunday. He gave up 2 hits and a run, and that was it. Lincecum hasn’t been bad himself. In his last start on Monday, he went 8 and 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run. This will be a pitcher’s duel, and I am looking forward to it. GO PADRES!!   

Defeating the Giants

  •  11-3 Padres

The ballpark was alive last night. Me and my buddies got to Petco around 6:00. Unfortunately, we missed Padres BP. We watched the end of Giants BP, which was blah. The Giants were not very exciting. When BP ended, we made our way to the Beach, where IMG_0986.JPGwe had tickets. Soon we started getting hyper as Padres players made their way onto the field. Nick Hundley walked out towards the bullpen and put his catching gear down. Then he started running back and forth right in front of us. It was really funny because we were just staring at him as he ran. Finally, he was like, “Hey, how’s it going?” We were like,”GREAT!” and he was like,”Good.” and then he walked back to his gear. He made sure he had our attention and threw us a ball. It is so cool!! My second Major League baseball, thrown by Nick Hundley!! Thanks, Nick!
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A little while later, a bunch of Navy people walked onto the field with the enormous American flag. There was a moment of silence, then the flag was spread out as the National Anthem was played. It was realIMG_1019.JPGly neat, and a great tribute to 9/11. About 10 minutes later, the game began. Josh Geer gave up a run the first, but he was just settling in. He got saved by Will Venable, who absolutely robbed a home run. He caught the ball just as it was about to go over the wall. In the bottom of the first, we attacked. Venable led off with double, followed by a single from Luis Rodriguez. Brian Giles singled in Venable. Then Adrian came up. Before Monday, Gonzo had gone a month without a homer. Now he’s really heating up. With a count of 2-1, Adrian slammed the ball to right field for his 30th homer and RBIs 100, 101, and 102 of the year. After Matt Cain was able to get two outs, Nick Hundley singled and Matt Antonelli doubled him in for our 5th run of the inning. After that, Josh Geer was locked in. He did not allow another run until the 6th. On the offense side, we were pounding. In the third, Drew Macias got his first major league homer and hit, which made the score 6-1. Cain left after 3 and 1/3 innings, and he was not happy about it. The really cool part about it was that Cain has dominated us at Petco. But last night we got to him and sent him packing quickly. The Giants bullpen was OK, until the 7th. Our big bomber, Adrian Gonzalez, widened the gap with yet another homer, this time to left field. In the bottom of the eighth, we struck again. Antonelli started with a single.
IMG_1077.JPG Then the other Gonzalez Brother, Edgar, came to the plate as a pinch hitter. On the first pitch, he homered to deep left field. One out later, Rodriguez doubled and Giles doubled him in. That was followed by a walk and a single to drive in another run. So, it’s 11-2 Padres. During this inning, something strange happened in the bullpen. From the Beach, you can see into the bullpen, even though the batting practice cage is between the two. We were standing near the fence when a ball rolled across the top of the wall and fell right next to my friend. Clay Hensley was warming up with Luke Carlin catching him. We thought that maybe Clay threw wildly, and the ball went off of Luke’s glove and onto the wall, but we’re not sure. But we got a ball, and it is really cool. So Clay pitched the top of the 9th. He did give up a run, but I missed it. The game ended when Venable made another great play in center. I’m telling you, the outfield defense, particulary by Venable and Macias, was stellar. It was just amazing. Luis Rodriguez has a great glove at shortstop as well. Kouz got the day off, but Chase Headley played third. He did OK, but he did not have a good night at the plate. So, I told you that the ballpark was alive. With 30,497 fans, we really enjoyed the night at the park. The Padres, even though eliminated, played a GREAT game, and it was a really fun. Well, the Padres were also alive. Pounding out 11 runs on 17 hits, they were unstoppable. They were smiling a lot, joking around. Immediately after the game, the relievers ran out of the bullpen. Trevor was goofing off with a few of the other guys. One of the relievers tackled another one of his fellow relievers. The team was excited and exciting. It seems like the mood is very light consisdering how the season has gone. Walking around the ballpark after the game, all the Padres fans were excited, too. So, Josh Geer (2-0) got the win and Matt Cain (8-12) got the loss. Matt Antonelli got his first major league RBI. This was my first game on the Beach and I absolutely loved it. It’s field level, and you could catch a home run ball or be on TV. Plus, it’s pretty cheap. I would highly recommend the Beach. This was an amazing game. Tonight is Jake Peavy vs. Jonathan Sanchez on Country Night at Petco. How appropriate! Well, GO PADRES!!
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The Long-Haired One Wins

  • 7-2 Dodgers

I don’t like to talk about Manny Ramirez, I really don’t. So I will say this: he won the game last night. Hitting two 2-run homers and striking out against Mike Ekstorm is a good night’s work. Shawn Estes was not good at all, and we lose the series. Tonight I am going to the game. We are playing the Giants. It will be Josh Geer vs. Matt Cain. It will be very fun, even thought the Padres are BAD. I am very excited. In other more interesting Padres news, we picked up Charlie Haeger yesterday. He is a knuckleballer, which will be very interesting in Petco Park. So, tonight will be an amazing game. I will have an entry up tomorrow with lots of pictures. GO PADRES!!

#44

No, I’m not talking about Jake Peavy. Today the latest leaders on mlblogs.com came out and this blog is number 44 out of 50 on the most read fan blogs. This is my first time on the list, which you can see here. I just want to thank all my readers for supporting this blog. I know there isn’t much good to report on about the Padres, but I enjoy sharing my love of baseball and of San Diego. Feel free to leave comments on the Padres or baseball in general. I hope you enjoy this blog, and THANK YOU!! Go Padres! 

Officially Out of It

  • 6-2 Dodgers

Last night we got officially eliminated. We are 18 games behind with 17 to go. Wade LeBlanc was a ton better than his last start. He only gave up 1 run in 6 innings. But the bullpen of Heath Bell, Clay Hensley, and Justin Hampson struggled big time, and we lost. Kouz and Chase Headley had RBI doubles, but we didn’t do much hitting in good oppurtunities. We left 10 runners on. But tonight is Shawn Estes. Let’s wrap up this series with a win. GO PADRES!

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