How ‘Bout Them Padres??
I know I’ve used that title before, but it’s worth using again. These Padres are HOT right now, and I hope the heat of the desert will only warm them up even more. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
On Saturday, Josh Geer started and was excellent. He only allowed one run in 6.2 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was great. He needed a solid outing and he got it.
On the offensive side, Brian Giles had a two-run double in the fourth, overtaking the Cubs’ 1-0 lead. In the seventh, we got an insurance run thanks to a balk and a Chris Burke RBI single.
Greg Burke, who hasn’t given up a run since coming up about a week ago, threw 0.1 inning, and Luke Gregerson threw a scoreless inning. Heath Bell had pitched four games in a row, so he was off-limits. Instead, Edward Mujica came in to get the save. He allowed two hits with no outs, making it interesting like Heath likes to. Then he got a 3-6 double play, and the runner at third stayed.
Then he ran the count to 3-2 on the next batter. Mujica REALLY likes to make it interesting! But then he got a third strike and we won our eighth game in a row!! WHEW!!
It was an amazing game, the win sealing the Padres’ third straight series win. They had the chance to sweep the Cubs the next day.
Chris Young started, throwing seven solid innings, only allowing four hits and a two-run homer to Reed Johnson. No walks and four strikeouts. I’m so proud of him. He had an excellent outing.
He also helped out at the plate. He had TWO hits, including a two RBI single to drive in the Padres’ first runs of the game. His average is now .333, and he has six hits on the season. GO CY!!
Also in the fifth, Josh Wilson was at third and David “Do-it-all” Eckstein was at the plate. He bunted, and Wilson raced to the plate. Ted Lilly fielded the ball, but tossed it over his catcher’s head and Wilson scored. The Padres pulled off the suicide squeeze! Well what do you know? It was very cool.
My baby Kouz had a big game. He had three spectacular catches. One was a dive into the stands next to a female fan who was getting too touchy. Another one was a line shot that surprised even him when he caught it. I’m not exactly sure what the third one was, but it was good.
He was also doing good things with the stick, getting two hits and four RBIs. In the sixth, he drove in a run with a double, and in the seventh, he hit a huge three-run homer! I was soooo excited! That made the game 7-2 Padres, and I knew we were going to win.
What a strong swing!! It’s so much fun to watch :)
After CY, Luke Gregerson and Greg Burke threw two scoreless innings together, and we won #9!!
I can hardly believe that we have win NINE in a row!! It’s pretty amazing. After an 0-6 road trip, we came home and sweept THREE teams, winning nine games. It’s incredible. This team has been playing unbelieveable baseball. We aren’t getting a ton of hits every night, but we’re getting just enough. And it doesn’t really matter because the pitching has been incredible. We held the Giants to four runs in the three-game series, and then held the Cubs to three runs in the three-game series. That is sooo cool!
I really give credit to the pitching and defense and baserunning this week. We made it work. I think it was really cool that the Padres went on this streak at home. I know it was a lot of fun for all the fans who came out in this streak, and there were some huge crowds. Yesterday we had 39,593!!
OK, funny story here. I was at a graduation party yesterday, and there was a bunch of teenage guys. My sister thought they looked kind of cool, so she tried to convince me to go see if they were Padres fans. None of them had any Padres gear on, so I didn’t believe that they were really die-hard Padres fans who I would be interested in talking to. But my sister made me go over to them, and she asked them if any of them were Padres fans. At least one of them were, and another was a Red Sox fan, which was pretty cool. I gave them my “Business” cards for my blog, but they probably thought they were too cool for me. It was so embarrasing, but hey, I was able to advertise my blog a bit.
So, if any of you guys are reading this, welcome to the blog!! Hehehe. Hope you enjoy it, and come back often!
I told my sister that I’m going to make her my publicity agent. I’m sure she’s going to make me go up to random guys, ask them if they’re Padres fans and give them my cards. Oh boy…
Speaking of my sister, I have to give her a shout-out. The Padres had fallen from her graces after the 2007 season (mostly because Marcus Giles left), but now she’s truly excited about this team. She doesn’t like to listen to the games, but I get to tell her about them afterwards. It thrills me to no end that she’s actually excited when I tell her that the Padres won :) Hopefully they will be able to draw her back in.
Well, the Padres have a little day-game action today against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Chad Gaudin will go for his second win and the Padres’ tenth. I have full confidence in this team. We can do it.
I hope you all have a great Memorial Day! I’m going to go see Night at the Museum 2, so that will be a lot of fun.
(photo credits: Sean M. Haffey/Union-Tribune)