What a crazy game. Come-from-behind, heart-attack ninth inning, yeah, I love those games :)
Josh Banks started for the first time this year. He threw seven solid innings, allowing three runs on five hits. It was a great start, but it looked like he would lose the game.
Mike Hampton, starting for the Astros, threw extremely well. He went six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He was very solid.
In the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez drove in Scott Hairston for our first run with a triple. But Adrian tweaked his knee going into the third, and he had to leave the game. AHHHHH!! We need Adrian. We NEED him!! I really really hope he gets better soon!!
Chase Headley started the inning with a single. Two outs later, Will Venable drove him in with a double. Now it’s a one-run game! Next up, Tony Gwynn singled to tie the game. Then, David Eckstein singled to give the Padres the lead. Tony made a great slide into home to avoid the tag.
Now that the Padres had the lead, the bullpen had to hold it. Edward Mujica threw the top of the eighth, and it was kind of scary. He allowed a single, but then got a beautiful double play. Then he allowed another single, but Heath Bell came in to get a fly-out to escape the inning. One down, one more to go.
The Padres were not able to add any insurance in the bottom of the eighth, so we went to the ninth and Heath Bell. Now, I’ve said before the Heath likes to make things interesting. Well, tonight, he made things REALLY interesting. Goodness, he really needs to stop that. He’s stressing out the Padres fans!!
With two outs (two outs!!), he walked two straight batters. AHHH!! Those were the potential tying and winning runs for the Astros. Man, it was STRESSING!!!
The next batter hit a ball very well to right field. AHHHHH!! But no fear, we’ve got Tony Gwynn out there!! He made a great catch to put the game away.
Haha, Heath looks so relieved!!
He got his 22nd save of the season. Josh Banks got his first win of the season.
Whew. It was an excellent game. We really needed that one, so it was great. This is a four game series, so the Padres need at least one more. Preferably two more, though :)
David Eckstein had three hits again. He has been soooo good!!
Tonight we are playing the ‘Stros again. Walter Silva is pitching. Oh boy. Buddy Black said that he gets another chance, so here it is. I don’t expect him to throw well, but I really hope he does.
There was this really great article about Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn yesterday on espn.com. It was excellent!! You can read it here.
Well, let’s get this game tonight boys!!