Killing the Gem

Last night, Jake Peavy pitched an absolute gem.

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Eight innings, two hits, one walk. Eight strikeouts. That was Jake Peavy out there in Dodger Stadium last night. He’s had some bad outings, some OK outings, but this was definitely one of his best. He’s always owned the Dodgers, and last night was no different.

JakePeavy_2006_017.jpgBut on the other side, Clayton Kershaw was shutting down my Padres. Kershaw has been pretty good against us, and he held us to four hits and two walks for seven innings. We got nothing against three Dodgers relievers.

The whole story of this game was the ninth inning. Scoreless game, Duaner Sanchez comes in to pitch. He allowed a single, then two walks.

He’s trying to get out of this inning, send the game into extras to give his team a chance. He’s got the bases loaded, but two outs. Russell Martin comes to the plate.

Swinging strike. Good. Ball. Ball in dirt. Not good. Then FOUR foul balls. That must have been really stressing for all the people listening to the game. Then another ball. We’ve got a full count. Yet another foul.

The tension is at its climax here. The runners on all the bases crouch, ready to sprint to the next stop. Sanchez is dripping sweat. He wipes his face nervously, but it doesn’t help the sweat that much. He glances over his shoulders, checking the dancing runners. Finally he turns to his catcher, picking up the sign.

The crowd of 47,210 is on their feet, cheering with all they’ve got. Full count…Sanchez finally throws the pitch…it sails to home plate…and it’s a ball.

Game over. 1-0 Dodgers.

Man.

Sanchez has been terrible. I’m sorry, but we really need to get rid of him. He’s done nothing but help us lose ever since the beginning of the season. You just can’t put a guy like that in a scoreless game, bottom of the ninth. I have no idea why Buddy didn’t take him out. But let me tell you, I wouldn’t be suprised if he got sent down soon. I would be relieved. (Get it? Relieved, relievers in the bullpen? Haha? Wow, that’s bad!!)

Jake, I mean, WOW. He did an incredible job out there, owning the Dodgers as he usually does. He deserved that win. I am so glad that he had a solid outing. He needed it, his team needed it, and the fans needed it. Unfortunately, we can’t even win when Jake gives us a near-perfect outing. Reminds me of last year…

That’s what’s scaring me. We’re 11-12 right now, having lost nine out of our last eleven. This year is starting to remind me of last year. We’re not hitting, our bullpen is miserable, and we’re losing. I’m really worried about this team right now.

I had hoped that we would be able to at least split this series with the Dodgers. We would have to win the next two games to do that. I just am not seeing a winning team right now. I’m pretty sure we can get this game tonight, but I don’t know if we could handle winning two games in a row. 

I don’t know what to do with this team. I mean, there’s nothing I can personally do, but I don’t know what the front office can do either. We definitley need new pitching, starting and bullpen. Our hitters…I have no idea. We got four hits total last night, but we were going against a really good pitcher (I wonder how much longer I can use that excuse!).

We aren’t hitting that great. Quite a few of our guys are off to sloooow starts. We definitely aren’t pitching, especially at the end of the bullpen.

I’m not pressing this yet…

panic-button.jpg…but this team has got to get it going. We need to play hard. We need to be able to beat the really good teams like the Dodgers. We have to be able to if we want to go anywhere in this division.

Tonight it’s an Opening Week re-match of Chris Young and Randy Wolf. Last time they met on that second game of the season, CY came out on top. I was at that game :)

Hopefully, our second ace will be able to pull of an excellent outing. And our hitters had better give him some support. And the bullpen had better not give up so much as a run, or else…

sd-go-padres.jpg(photo credits: files.turbosquid.com, chrisoleary.com, zillow.com, gorirrajoe.com) 

6 Comments

kaybee, you and I share something in common and that is bad pitching by our teams. In the series that the Corpus Christi Hooks played against the Midland Rockhounds the pitchers gave up 108 hits. You do not win games when you give up that amount of hits. Of the four games which they played, the Hooks won one.

I keep a watchful eye out on the San Antonio Missions roster to see if Robert Woodard gets a call up to Double A. Are there any other San Antonio Missions players on their current roster that you would like an autograph of? If so let me know. Our family will be going up there next Saturday to see the Hooks and Missions play.

http://thehooks.mlblogs.com/

Ouch! Sounds like a tough loss. I would have bitten my nails off!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I hate Duaner Sanchez. No offense but we do need to get rid of him. He didn’t deserve the win against the Rockies a couple of days ago! Anyway, Jake was lights out last night. No doubt about it. Jake was aggressive, dominat, and threw a great ratio of balls and strikes. Hitter with a slow start? That’s easy. Brian Giles. I don’t know what’s going on with him. We, or they rather, need to step it up and give all they got as if they are playing in the World Series. I really hope CY can have the victory at LA tonight. Let’s not say the words “give up” or “panic”, ok? :)
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Tough Loss. Jake was AMAZING. We NEED to Win Today!!!!!!!!!!
Go Padres!!!!!!!
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com/

Try replacing the “panic” button with the Staples “easy” button :O) Who knows; stranger things have happened. Maybe it’ll help. I keep trying to press the “dear God, please do not let my hair turn grey over this team” button…I’ll let ya know if it works!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

There is nothing worse then a pitcher having a great outing and the team giving no offensive help.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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