A Loss is a Loss
I mean, what am I supposed to think? My Padres just lost a series to the only team that worse then them in the NL West. They had THREE errors. That’s not the team I know. Still, it was a one-run game, and we could have tied the game, but that was out of our hands. I don’t know what to think of this team right now.
Kevin Correia threw six innings, allowing four runs, only three earned, on six hits with six strikeouts. And he made two errors.
In the second, Eliezar Alfonso drove in our first run with a single. Speaking of Alfonso, he’s been really good since he’s been up here. I’m not sure how the pitchers are reacting to him as a catcher, but he’s been doing really well with the bat. He’s batting .277, which is very good!
In the bottom of the third, the Padres had three errors to give up a couple runs. Kevin Correia let a bunt get right by him, then threw the ball way over first base. Later, Edgar Gonzalez threw home. The ball was right there to get the runner, but it bounced off the catcher. Ugh.
Arizona got two more runs in the fourth to take the 4-1 lead. It was not good.
Tony Gwynn singled in Luis Rodriguez in the seventh to come that much closer.
In the eighth, Kouz doubled to start the inning. Chase Headley then hit a ball way out to right field, where it bounced off the top of the fence and came back in. It ended up being a double, scoring Kouz, but if it had been an INCH higher, it would have been a game-tying home run. AHHHHHH!!!! As it went, Chase was left stranded at second. Terrible.
And so, the sad story is that we lost the series to the Diamondbacks. We are now 18 games behind, and the Diamondbacks are only 18 1/2. If we lose today, we could very well be taking over that cellar spot, and boy do we deserve it. Man, that’s kind of scary. I didn’t realize we were that close.
So, what should I think about this team? We played well, except for those three errors. We had 11 hits to Arizona’s 6. The bullpen didn’t allow anything. The defense was mostly great. We were right there in the ballgame. We could have tied it right there in the eighth, if only…
But then again, we are 18 games behind. We are on a three-game losing streak. We have been playing badly all year. And at the end of the day, a loss is a loss. Doesn’t really matter if you played amazingly; you failed.
As we come up to the All-Star break, I really don’t know what to think about this team. I don’t think we’re going anything. Things just aren’t clicking, and I don’t think a three-day vacation is going to solve that.
Kouz had three hits last night, a single and two doubles. That was really great for him. Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley had two hits each.
Everth, man. This guy was so amazing once again. He had the two hits, but he also had some spectacular plays at shortstop. This guy is a joy to watch (or at least, listen to). I am sooooo excited about him!! He’s already so amazing, and he’s just going to get better. I can’t wait to watch him play when we go to a game in a couple weeks!! Oh, and he’s kinda cute, too :)
Well, the Padres are actually playing in about an hour. The third game of this series is a day game. Chad Gaudin is pitching, which may or may not be a good thing. Two starts ago, he threw a one-hitter. In his last start, he was not as good at all. I’m really hoping that he can throw at least seven solid innings. The starters need to go deeper, and not give up as many runs for goodness sakes!!
By the way, Walter Silva was designated for assignment!! WHOOO HOOO!! Sorry, but Silva had his chances to secure a spot here, but he couldn’t get it done. Craig Stansberry, infielder, is up from Portland.
Chad Gaudin vs. Max Scherzer. You need to get it done, boys!!