“Tonight, We Win!”
- 4-2 Padres
As some of you know, I got to attend the game last night. I had so much fun! It was incredible to experience the Dodgers-Padres rivalry right there. There were a lot of Dodgers fans in attendance, but I tried my hardest to out-yell them!
My friend, sister, and I got to the ballpark about 40 minutes before the game. The Dodgers were nearing the end of BP as we walked all the way up to the Upper Reserved seats.
While we waited for the game to start, we ate “dinner” and watched the players come out to warm up. We saw Nick Hundley head out towards the bullpen to do some sprints, and we were reminded of a game that we went to last year.
Eventually, the National Anthem was sung, the first pitches were thrown out, and it was time to play ball.
I was really pleased with Chris Young’s outing last night. He did very well after a bad spring. Last night he threw six innings, giving up five hits and two runs with five strikeouts. I had never seen the 6-foot-10 Young pitch live before, so that was really fun. He had a really great outing.
Our hitters couldn’t do much against Randy Wolf for the first few innings. But in the bottom of the second, my boy Kouz hit a triple down the right field line. Very cool that he was able to get it over there as a right-hander. He got around the bases in good time and slid into third with no problem. Scott Hairston drove him in with a double down the left field line. Scotty’s going to be good for us this year! It was very exciting for the Padres to draw first blood.
It was disappointing to see the Dodgers come back and get two runs in the fourth, though. Manny started it off with a double. BOOOOOOOO!!! I was ragging on my friend about how good Manny was supposed to be and this was finally his first hit of the season! If he’s supposed to be this good, why didn’t he get a hit in say, in Monday’s game? HAHA! Russell Martin doubled in Manny, and later, Casey Blake drove Martin in with a sacrifice fly.
Things weren’t looking that great for the Padres hitters. They were not doing much against Randy Wolf. But in the sixth, they really turned it on.
Adrian Gonzalez started it off with a single, followed by Kouz doing the same exact thing. Chase Headley drove them both in with a double! It was so cool! The Padres fans were going estatic! Later in the inning, Luis Rodriguez sac-flied Chase in.
Things got a little tense when Edwin Moreno came out of the bullpen for his major league debut. You could tell that he was a little nervous, especially facing some of the best Dodgers hitters. He gave up two walks, but got Manny to pop out to end the inning. That’s a great dose of confidence for the young guy.
It started sprinkling in the bottom of the 7th. I felt these pricks in my arms, and since the previous inning had found me going crazy and clapping really hard, I thought my arms were going to sleep! But then I realized that it was raining. It didn’t rain hard, but it was really fun to watch the game through the rain. It was beautiful.
Duaner Sanchez threw a scoreless inning, and before we knew it, it was the top of the ninth. But the bells didn’t ring through the stadium. The fans didn’t stand in anticipation of the all-time saves leader trotting out of the bullpen. Instead, Heath Bell ran out of the bullpen. He didn’t trot, he kind of, uh…I’d say lumbered out really fast. He looked really pumped and energetic.
Even though this wasn’t Trevor, the crowd was really supportive of Heath. When the announcer announced Heath, he drew it out like he did with Trevor: “Heeeaaattth Bell!” It just wasn’t right. It just wasn’t the same.
Heath did very well. He struck out the first batter, but walked the next one. He then went on to strike out the next two batters, and that was that. Padres win!!
It was such a fun game! I really enjoyed cheering on for my team! I screamed and yelled like I never have before. I loved screaming “BEAT LA!!”. It was so much fun to try to out-yell the Dodgers fans in our section. There was a much smaller crowd than Monday, which I expected. We only had 20,035 out there last night! But it was a good crowd. A lot of Dodgers fans, but a lot of Padres fans as well. We had a blast! I love this rivalry, to boo Manny, to shriek “BEAT LA!!”. We did that so many times!
Sure, these fans were on different sides, but we were all having a blast watching some baseball. Being a fan is so much fun! I would love to go to more Dodgers-Padres games this year.
We got to see a great game for our Padres. Kouz had two hits. Adrian had a hit and a walk. Nick Hundley had two walks. It was such a well-played game!
I wanted to mention David Eckstein, who has been hitting the ball like crazy, but always right at someone. He had four at-bats last night, and all of them were flyouts or lineouts. Soon, he’s going to find those empty spots, and he’s going to really help this club.
It was really cool for me to be out there so early in the season. It was only the second game! I’ve never been to a game that early, so that was really neat. I got to see the Padres first win of the season, Heath Bell’s first save as the official closer (his third in the majors), Edwin Moreno’s major league debut, Chris Young’s first win of the season, Kouz’s first hit of the season, and so many other things. It was very cool.
I also thought it was pretty cool that I got to see Randy Wolf pitch. Last year, my first game of the season was Randy Wolf pitching against the Mariners, so it was kind of ironic that I saw him in my first game of this season too.
As we left the ballpark, you could tell that Padres fans were estatic. They were yelling, cheering all over the place. The Gaslamp was celebrating! This win really pumped up all the Padres fans, myself included. I am so excited about this team! It was such a great game!
Sure, we lost on Opening Day. This team is still proving itself. We don’t know what the next 160 games will bring. We may lose the rest of the season, but “tonight, we win”. I’m going to remember this game for a long time.
I want to leave you with the beautiful calm rain over the silent Petco Park.
(photo credits: me)