A Win On A Sunday
It’s been overcast in San Diego for four straight days now, but yesterday Padres fans got a beam of sunlight as the club won the series finale in Colorado.
On Saturday, the Rockies won 8-7. It was a crazy back-and-forth game. The Padres had leads of 3-0, 6-4, and 7-6, but Heath Bell blew his first save of the season and handed Colorado the series win. The ninth inning was eerily like Game 163: Scott Hairston hit a tie-breaking home run in the top of the inning, but the closer blew the save, allowing three hits and just like Trevor did that night. This time, though, the winning run did touch the plate.
But on Sunday, the Padres went out to get the win and they got it. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 20th homer of the season in the fourth, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. He had done the same thing the night before.
Chad Gaudin threw 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. He was so sharp! We really needed that outing from him, and I think he needed it for himself. Solid outing for Chad, and he got the win.
Anyways, Kouz got his first two hits of the series and drove in a run. Scott Hairston hit his second homer in as many games. A lot of the guys had two hits yesterday: Scotty, Kouz, Adrian, Gwynn, and Josh Wilson.
It was an amazing 5-2 win, and it was Jake Peavy’s 28th birthday too! Happy birthday to Jake, keep icing up that ankle.
Heath got his 15th save in 16 chances. Now we can’t just say he got save #15 anymore. We have to add that unslightly “in 16 chances”. How could you Heath?!?!? But it was great for him to get right back on track right away.
Though we lost the series, I am still very confident in this team. They were so close to getting the second game, and they put out a great effort yesterday. We’re coming home now for six, and I think that’s going to be huge. It’s going to be great for the guys to get home, where we’re currently on a nine-game winning streak.
I just wanted to mention that my brother played in his first playoff game on Saturday. The game was delayed by rain for about an hour, but they won 3-1! It was very exciting. Next they’ll play tomorrow night. Hopefully they will be able to win and move towards the championship!
I have to share this letter to the editor that was in the Union-Tribune yesterday about Stephen Strasburg. It was hilarious!
“Haven’t Padres fans learned the virtue of patience? OK, so the Nationals take Stephen Strasburg first in the MLB draft and pay him $50 million. From your (Union Tribune’s) Friday story ‘Padres get Strasburg in dreams,’ you’d think the SDSU phenom would never don a San Diego uniform.
Perhaps the headline should have read: ‘Padres get Strasburg in future.’ Fast forward to 2027 spring training. The press release might read:
‘The San Diego Padres announced today that they have signed former All-Star and Cy Young Award winner Stephen Strasburg, coming off major elbow reconstructive surgery, to a minor league contract. Strasburg, who missed the entire 2026 season, is a candidate for the open fifth starting position in the Padres’ rotation.
‘I’m hoping, through intense rehabilitation, to get my fastball back to the mid-80s,’ Strasburg said. At 38, Strasburg would be the youngest starter on the Padres’ staff. ‘This guy was a steal,’ said Kevin Towers, MLB’s oldest general manager. ’I envision the same sort of success with Stephen that we had with Mark Prior years ago.’ Patience, fans, patience!”
HAHAHAHAHA!! That was pretty good, and it could very well happen. I love the part about “at 38…the youngest starter on the Padres’ staff”!!
Kevin Correia will be pitching today instead of Jake. Jake will hopefully pitch on Tuesday, as that ankle is still bothering him a little. I have a good feeling about this series against the Phillies.
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