New Ace Saves The Day

On Saturday night, the Padres dropped a miserable game to the Oakland A’s. We had the lead a few times, but Oakland took that game 6-3. Needless to say, I was not happy. My Padres needed a win and a series, but the A’s took that from us.

Our biggest gripe about the Padres in the last week or so has been the starting pitching. It’s been terrible! The starters aren’t going that deep into ballgames, and they are giving up way to many runs.

Yesterday, on Father’s Day, the Padres went out there and got a superb pitching performance from our new ace, Kevin Correia. He was amazing. He had a no-hitter going until the fifth inning with two outs. He was so good!!

He only allowed one run, that coming in the top of the seventh. He threw 6.2 innings total, with one walk allowed and seven strikeouts. He’s our new ace, there’s no doubt about it. He’s pitched the best of any of the guy who have started for us this year. Yeah Kevin!!

correia.jpgNot like he needed it, but Correia’s offense backed him up pretty well. Edgar Gonzalez had an RBI double to drive in Kyle Blanks, who had walked, in th second.

In the fifth, we got our second run on Henry Blanco’s 500th hit, a solo homer. Way to go Henry!!

And in the eighth, we got two more insurance runs.

But we have to go back to Saturday’s game first. 

I was sitting there at the computer, watching Gameday on Saturday night. I think we were losing by a few by then, and I was not happy. Kouz was batting, so I called a homer. He struck out, in fact, Oakland struck out the side that inning. But I still called a homer, so I was waiting for it.

Guess what?

Yep, he hit one for me yesterday!

kouz two run homer.jpg
kouz homer two runner.jpg
kouz running home.jpg
kooz homer happy.jpgIt was just what we needed. Then Heath took the ninth with a three-run lead and went 1-2-3 to get his 19th save in 20 chances. Take that, Trevor!!

Man, it was a great, great game. Tony Gwynn had two hits, David Eckstein had three, Kouz had one. We were good. The pitching took care of it.

victory.jpgWe also had some great defense. Kyle Blanks just came up, and he’s been playing the outfield for about three months. THREE MONTHS!!!! And not even every day. But the Padres want this guy up here, and so he’s in the outfield. It’s just amazing to me. Anyways, he made an amazing catch in left field in the first inning, barrelling into the wall. I hope the wall’s OK. This guy is six-foot-six, and he’s 285 pounds!! The “S.S. Blanks,” we like to call him. He’s huge. He got his first walk yesterday and his first run scored. Still has to get that first major league hit, though…

blanks.jpgI am so glad we took the last game. It would not have been good if we had been swept. Not good at all.

Well, we’ve got an off-day before facing the Mariners again, this time in Seattle. Oh joy. Maybe we can take two out of three from them like they took two out of three from us!! Or…maybe even three out of three! Point is, these Padres need a series win. They need to get out there, pitch extremely well, and hit like crazy. We’re 14.5 games behind, man, and we need to get it going.

Don’t forget, I’ve got a huge special entry tomorrow. It’s going to be amazing. So make sure to stop by tomorrow!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: Union-Tribune, espn.com)   

9 Comments

Looking forward to your special entry. In the meantime, I continue to think those sand colored uniforms are not attractive!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Actually, these are the camo uniforms that they wear on Sundays to honor the military. These are kind of ugly, but it’s the sand that are the worst!!

I actually like camo uniforms. They’re awesome. Kevin Correia has been just amazing. He’s getting better and better everyday. Kouz is doing a great job and I like seeing Kyle Blanks play more. We need more wins during final six games of interleague series!! I can’t wait for the special entry :)
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Starting pitching is one of the biggest keys to a game. If your starters can’t go deep into games, they are leaving the bullpen under the bus.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

i like the green hats myself

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Great game and I look forward to the special entry tomorrow!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

LOL S.S. Blanks! That’s Funny! We really need this series against the Mariners, it’s a key one.
Go Padres!!!
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com

HYUN YOUNG, we need a lot more wins, and Kouz has been amazing!!

DILLON, as Jerry Coleman says, “If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win.”

MATT, doesn’t really go with the Padres colors, but it works to honor the military.

JUILA, I do too :)

TGWYNNS1819 (love the username by the way), Yep, the S.S. Blanks. They had to pull him into the harbor to bring him in. LOL.

I like your new profile pic!
Getting swept is no fun, I agree. I hope you guys can beat up on the Mariners!
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