The story of this game?
You could say Jake Peavy, who had seven innings of work, allowing two runs and striking out twelve.
You could say Justin Upton, who hit two home runs to take over the Diamondbacks’ entire scoring of the night.
You could say John Garland, who held the Padres to three hits over seven innings.
But the real story of this game is the Padres’ hitting, or rather the lack of it. The real story is lost chances.
How’s seven runners left on base, 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position? How did Arizona make four errors in the first few innings and we didn’t get a run? How did we ground into four double plays? How’s five hits, all singles?
It’s pathetic. We couldn’t score a run until the bottom of the ninth, and we got it on a double play!
Why can’t we score runs for our ace? Every time Jake goes out there, Padres fans know that he will pitch well enough to win. But we forget that his offense doesn’t score so much as a run for him.
“Another tough loss,” Peavy said. “I hate getting beat.”
It’s utterly ridiculous. We can’t score runs for this guy. His record is 2-4. He’s pitched well enough to have five wins by now. I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to get traded sometime in the near future!
“…I have to be more aggressive. The bottom line is, I need to pitch better,” said Peavy. Are you kidding me?? He threw seven innings of two-run ball!!! He struck out TWELVE batters!! He was outstanding!! How can he be any better?? By throwing a complete game every time out there with 27 strikeouts??
He knows that he has to be perfect out there every time. He’s doing that!! This team should be able to score more than two runs for their ace!!!
More aggressive? He is so aggressive already!! He was dealing out there!! I’d say that twelve strikeouts is really aggressive!!!
I feel so bad for Jake right now. He’s deserve so much more than this.
So, we lost 3-1. I think it was because I gave them the candy back.
I’m not going to take anything away from them today, since it’s a day game and the restriction would be in place for only a few hours anyway. But watch out boys, you might find yourself on the school bus to Houston tonight!!
Today is the first 2-for-1 Getaway Day of the year. I really hope we have a big crowd out there. Our boys need it.
Chris Young, second ace, is pitching against Dan Haren. It’s going to be a great matchup. The Padres better come out on top.
“We’re the same team … it’s in there,” Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff said. “It’s just a matter of keeping the intensity and keep pushing hard.”
Good job, Kouz-o :) Now go hit a few home runs today!!
(quotes from padres.com)