August 2009

Yet Another Series Win!!

Let me tell you, this Padres team has been doing AMAZING!! It is soooo exciting. Thing is, they’ve been winning consistently. None of this win-a-series-then-lose-five-games-in-a-row stuff. They’re winning series after series after series. It’s great!!

After the Braves avoided the sweep on Thursday, the Padres headed to Flordia to play the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium (seriously). The Marlins have actually been pretty good this year, and it suprised me to find that they are over .500. But I’m not really worried about our opponents with this Padres team right now.

In the first game of the series, the Padres had a six-run second inning and never looked back. It was great! During that inning, Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer. As he ran around the bases, he aggravated his foot, which had been keeping him day-to-day. He was pinch-hit for when his turn to bat again in that inning came up (we batted way around the order!). He was put on the DL on Saturday. Blanksie has been incredible for us lately, so I really hope he can recover quickly!!

We ended up winning the game 9-5. David Eckstein and Chase Headley (coming into the game as Kyle’s replacement) each had three hits. Venable, Blanco, and E-Cab each had two hits. Kouz got walked three times. We had 16 hits total.

Kevin Correia got his ninth win. He went six 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, but only four runs. It was a great win!!

In the second game of the series, Wade LeBlanc came up from the minors to start. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He wasn’t the best, but he did a lot better than he did earlier in the year. It was good to see.

This game was not as easy to get as the night before. The Marlins took a two-run lead in the second. The Padres were able to get a run in the fourth, and two in the sixth, but the Marlins got two in the bottom of that inning to take a 4-3 lead. In the seventh, we got a run to tie. In the eighth, Tony Gwynn had the big blow of the game. He hit a triple to drive in two runs. Tony was sac-flied in by Everth to get a 7-4 lead.

Heath Bell took the ninth and secured his 31st save of the year. And there you have it. The Padres won yet another series!!

In the third game, we lost 6-4. Oh well. We can never seem to be able to finish the sweep, but it’s OK. We’re just winning games, here, that’s all.

So far this month, our record is 14-14. Let’s make it 15-14 tonight, yeah boys??

I’m sure a lot of you watched the Little League World Series last night. I didn’t watch it, but I’ve been following a certain team in the Union-Tribune for the last few weeks. I’ve been following Chula Vista Park View, a San Diego County team. I love how this city has banded around the team. And man, the team is incredible!! They had an amazing run this year, and look what they did. They’re WORLD CHAMPIONS!! That is just sooo cool. San Diego teams have had many, many playoff runs, but usually fizzed out at one point or another. Not this team. They went all the way, and they won big. I am sooooo proud of them. This team definitely deserved it, and they’ve made San Diego proud.

The Padres haven’t been able to win a World Series. The Chargers have not been able to win a Super Bowl. San Diego seemed cursed. But you know what, maybe we needed to start at the bottom up. Little League wins first. Maybe it will be the Padres and Chargers next. San Diego is finally getting a taste of real winning. Maybe the trend will start heading up. Maybe we’ll get our World Series and Super Bowl sooner than later :)

Anyways, a huge congrats to the Park View team! They put on quite the show.

little league world champions.jpgThe Padres are back home to play three games against the Nationals. Tim Stauffer (oh goodness) is starting against Livan Hernandez. Let’s see how that goes.

GO PADRES!!  

Waiving Trevor

OK, so here’s the story. I was throwing a football around with my sister last night. It’s a smaller sized football because I don’t like heaving those big ones that I can’t get my hand around. Now, maybe it’s because we were throwing on a slope, or I’m just really bad at catching a football, or the ball hates me, or it could just be my sister’s fault, but the ball often hits the ground before it hits my hand. I’m trying to get it, and it will hit my hands pretty hard. Anyways, last night I got hit very badly on my left pointer finger. I’m not exactly sure if I got hit on the bounce or on the throw or what, but it’s bad. It’s not broken, but it’s very swollen and bruising. Now, the whole reason of that explanation was because I’m having problems typing without that finger, but I’ll try my best, even if it takes two hours to write this.

Yesterday I heard the news that Trevor Hoffman had been placed on waivers by the Brewers. Immediately, the shock rushed it. The Brewers put Trevor on waivers?? And then, in came hope. Could it possibly happen? The guys on the radio were saying that Trevor would be a perfect fit with these Padres right now. We could use another guy in the bullpen, a veteran mentor for all the young pitchers. And I thought, why couldn’t it happen?

When I got home, I checked the internet for any news and found out that he had been claimed by an unknown team. That drove me nuts!! I refreshed the news site way too many times. I finally just got off the computer.

I found out this morning that Trevor was claimed by the Giants, but this whole waiver thing is pretty confusing. I think Trevor will probably stick with the Brewers after all, but for a few hours yesterday, I had an unbelievable hope.

As many of you know, Trevor’s departure in the offseason hit me hard. If you look back at my blog entries from November and December, I was rolling out tons of tributes. I was devastated that our All-Time saves leader was gone after 16 years. I was very thankful that he went to the Brewers instead of the Dodgers though.

Yesterday, I had a ray of hope that he would be back in a Padres uniform. Everything that I went through in the offseason, all the heartache and sadness, would be over. This season has flown by, that’s for sure. He’s been playing for the Brewers for about five months, and suddenly that could be all over. We would hear the bells in PETCO Park again. We could be a part of Trevor Time again. We could bring the All-Times saves leader home, where he belongs.

How incredible would that have been. I would have cried. It will be interesting to see how this whole waivers thing works out, but I don’t think he’ll return to the Padres this season. That’s just a beautiful dream. But what I do still have hope for is Trevor returning in 2010. Sure, he’s said that he wants to return to Milwaukee next year, but he’s just saying that for the fans. I refuse to allow that. He’s gotta come back to San Diego. To a winning team :) I wonder, if Trevor saw what this team is going to be, if he would leave so easily. I wonder that about Jake, too. Will he regret leaving when he sees what we will become?

Trevor, you will always be a Padre. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you will always be a Padre. I hope that you’ll be back next year. We’ve got a great team lined up. Trev, we miss you like crazy!!

Arizona+Diamondbacks+v+San+Diego+Padres+0MLvJCqCM17m.jpg  WE LOVE YOU TREVOR WILLIAM HOFFMAN!!!

Good and Getting Better

Things were not looking good.

In the bottom of the first, Tim Stauffer gave up a three-run homer to Brian McCann. It was early, and it was only three runs, but something like that puts a damper on the game from the get-go.

But then again, these are the Padres we’re talking about.

For the past two years, the Padres have been characterized as a bad team. A losing team. A last-place team. But things are changing. Sure, we’re at the bottom of the NL West, but we’re playing very, very well right now.

Take last night for instance. We only had three hits in the first five innings, but in the sixth, we got seven hits and six runs. In the seventh, we got two runs on Kouz’s two-run homer, his 16th of the year. We got another run in the eighth, and three more in the ninth.

After the rough first, Tim Stauffer really got back on the ball and had a solid outing. He went five innings, allowing six hits and three runs with three walks and two strikeouts.

Adam Russell pitched 1.2 innings for us, allowing one run on three hits. We got Russell from the White Sox in the Jake Peavy deal. He just joined the team at the beginning of the series. It’s cool to see another piece of that trade helping us already. Kind of comforting.

OK, the offense. We had 18 total hits. Six Padres had a multi-hit game. Adrian and Eck each had three hits and drove in two runs. Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley, Will Venable, and T.Gwynn each had two hits. Kouz only had one hit, but drove in three runs.

The Braves made two errors that really helped the Padres. Definitely cost them some runs.

Joe Thatcher and Ryan Webb were good out of the bullpen. We won this game, 12-5.

I have to say, that feels so good. We won the series, which we have been doing a lot lately. It’s so exciting!!

This team definitely has problems, but their success is far overwhelming them. The Padres are 12-12 so far in August, which is a lot better than the last two months. We have a chance to have a winning month!

This team may be dead last, but they’re exciting to watch. I can now say that the Padres have an excellent chance of winning every day. I know that this team can hit and pitch and play defense, I’ve seen it day after day. I know they can do it, and it seems like nothing is a damper. These two Atlanta pitchers we just faced were supposed to be extremely tough. The one on Tuesday was, but we still came out on top. Yesterday, we drove the starter out of the game. The Padres can’t be classified as a terrible team anymore. Look at them. They deserve a lot more respect.

I’m super excited about next year. We have all the pieces, pieces that are finally working together as a team. We’re getting the job done. This team is going to be good. They’re good right now, and they’re only going to get better.

I wrote a three-page letter to Jake Peavy yesterday, front and back. Whew. I also wrote to Will Venable.  

Tonight we are going for the sweep. Clayton Richard, who is 3-0 with the Padres so far, will start. I hope he has a great, great outing and gives us a chance to win.

GO PADRES!!!   

Latos’ Gem

Last night was a great game. It was exciting and frustrating, but the Padres came out on top. Took a while to get there though…

Mat Latos started, and he was spectacular. By the fifth inning, I was getting really excited. I thought, maybe this is the night. Maybe it’s really going to happen!! Mat retired the first 13 batters before giving up a couple hits in the fifth. Oh well. I thought the Padres were finally going to get a no-hitter, but not yet. Not yet. He went seven innings total, giving up two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. I’d say that this was his best outing of the year. He was soooo good!!

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Latos was helped by some incredible defense behind him. Will Venable, Everth Cabrera, and Tony Gwynn made some amazing plays.

In the third, Adrian Gonzalez hit his 34th homer of the season. That was all that either team could muster.

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In the bottom of the ninth, Heath was making things interesting again. With one out, he allowed a single and a walk. An out later, he allowed a single to tie the game. Oh bummer. That was Heath’s third blown save of the year. Thankfully, though, he was able to keep the winning run on third and got out of the inning. 

Well, the Padres bullpen did OK, but they had to work out of several jams. Heath was the only Padres pitcher who gave up a run last night. 

So, the game went on into extra innings. The Padres didn’t get anything going until the 12th inning. Nick Hundley doubled to start it off. Tony Gwynn struck out. Luis Rodriguez walked. E-Cab struck out. Finally, Eck doubled to score Nick and give the Padres the lead. Leave it to Eck to get the job done :) 

Edward Mujica threw a scoreless bottom of the 12th to get the save and close the game. We actually won!!! 

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It was a great game, since we won. BUT our batters struck out 16 times!! That is not good at all.

Latos was amazing, man. I am so excited about his future!! He’s going to get so much better. Wow. Great, great effort by Latos last night!!

I wrote two more fanmail letters yesterday: Heath Bell and Nick Hundley. I’m also going to write a letter to Jake Peavy sometime this week. Oh boy, that’s going to be a long one.

Well, the Padres and the Braves will go at it again tonight. Tim Stauffer and his 1-6 record will be pitching. Ugh. Oh boy. Well, he’d better pitch well. If he doesn’t tonight, I think he’s done. He’s had his chance up here.

GO PADRES!!!

Beyond Belief

Off-days. Ugh.

So as I sit here wracking my brain to find something to write about, I’ll just write about what I thought about writing about. Never mind. Off-days do strange things to the brain. Or maybe it’s the heat.

joshhamiltonbook.jpgWhen I was on the first vacation four weeks ago, I was talking to my sister on the phone at the Dulles airport while my flight was delayed. She asked me if I had bought anything for myself, and I realized that I hadn’t. But I knew of something that I could get for myself at the Borders across the way. It was Josh Hamilton’s book, Beyond Belief. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and I thought, might as well get it. I read the first chapter on the way home, but put it down for a week or so once I got home.

Fast forward to two weeks later, when I left on vacation again, this time with my family. We had a lot of spare time when we were up there, so I pulled out the book again and finished it there.

It was amazing!! It was very well-written, and the story really grabbed me in. I thought the story of his addiction to drugs was masterfully written. It really showed what was going through his mind at the time, and how it was affecting him, his friends and family, and his baseball career. This story is just amazing. I loved how it showed that recovering from something like this isn’t easy. It seems that in the media (songs, TV, movies), recovery from something like drugs is easy. You just stop, and then it’s happily ever after. But that’s not the way it happens in real life. Josh had to fight against his cravings every day. He was set back quite a few times. With the amount of terrible drugs he put into his body, he should have died. 

It’s a great story of redemption. When he finally got back into baseball with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays, his teammates didn’t support him. They just kind of stood back while the media crowded around Josh. But when Josh made his way to the Rangers, at his very first press conference, three of the most prominent Rangers players were there to support him.

It’s an incredible book, and I would highly recommend it. What a great story.

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My project for the week is writing fanmail to a lot of the Padres players. I’ve never sent fanmail before (except to Trevor with the Brewers), so this is really cool for me. I’m probably writing to 10-15 players this week. Yesterday I did Kouz (of course) and David Eckstein. Each letter is going to be different depending on the player. For Kouz, I told him a lot of the stories of my interactions with him, like the day I became such a big fan of him. This is a really exciting project for me. Who knows if the players will ever read them, but it’s cool to support them like this!

So, the Padres are in Atlanta for three games against the Braves this week. Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Jair Jurrjens. I really hope Mat can get things together and pitch a great game. 

GO PADRES!!  

Pujols the Paranoid

The last two games of the Padres-Cardinals series were pretty forgettable. On Saturday, when Hyun Young was at the game, my boys lost 7-0. Yeah, great. Just great.

Yesterday (man this keyboard is dirty), we lost 5-2. BUT we had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. We should have won. It was not good. These Cardinals are soooo frustrating. I have tried like crazy to respect Albert Pujols, since he’s such a strong Christian and excellent player. But I’m sorry. It’s time for a little rant here.

It all started last year when he hit a ball into Chris Young’s face. CY has never been the same. Sure, Albert was very shaken up about the whole incident, and he stopped and prayed with Adrian right there on the field. That made me cry, watching the video. But then, before the inning was over, he slid into Josh Bard at the plate. Bardo was out for months. My goodness. He was pretty disturbed, I’m sure. Taking out a pitcher and his catcher in the same inning. Goodness.

Not to mention that the Cardinals are Padres killers!! Coming into the series this weekend, they had something like nine straight wins against us.  

Anyways, fast forward to last weekend. The Cardinals swept us. Badly. Miserably. It was terrible!

Albert hit a ball into pitcher Edward Mujica. I’m pretty sure that Edward is OK, but come on. I said it in an entry last week: pitchers should pitch to Pujols from behind a screen for their own safety. Seriously.

Now, in this weekend series, besides losing it three games to one, Albert thought that Will Venable was out to get him. (in a whiny, sarcastic voice) “Oh, he tried to run me over!” “Oh, he tried to hit me with his left arm!”

THIS GUY IS PARNOID!!! I mean, really? Will Venable, rookie, out to get Albert Pujols, almighty veteran and St. Louis legend? I don’t think so. I don’t think Will is that stupid.

It clearly shows on the replays that Will did not try to bump Albert with his left arm. The benches cleared over this, but thankfully no punches were thrown, just a little shoving. Will hit a little bouncer down the first base line, and Pujols picked it up and tagged Will as he was going down the line. Will did move his shoulder, but only to try to avoid the tag. For some reason, Pujols took offense to Will’s elbow and stared at him. Will turned around and yelled, “What? What?” Will was not trying to bump into Pujols. That much is obvious.

So why on earth is Pujols so upset about it? You would think that a professional ballplayer like him would just let it go. Will did. He guranteed that neither of them cared about it anymore. He said that there are no hard feeling between them. Oh really? I wonder if he talked to Pujols about this, ’cause here is what Albert had to say:

“Next time, maybe I’ll try to hit him in the face with my glove,” 

Yikes. Seems to me that someone needs to forgive and forget here. Pujols is clearly in the wrong. I don’t get why he’s holding onto this that tightly. It just doesn’t seem right.

Will seems to be over it, but he’d better watch out next season: he might get a glove in his face.  

I’ve tried to like Pujols, but I just can’t. I’m sorry.

Well, the Padres actually had some good news this weekend!!

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The Padres signed David Eckstein to a contract extention for 2010. I can’t say enough about how amazing this guy has been for us. He’s an outstanding ballplayer. If there’s something that needs to be done in a game, he’ll do it. Walk-off homer, sac-bunt, walk, move the runners over, you name it, he’ll do it. It is so great that all these kids get to watch a guy like him play. He’s the grittiest ballplayer I’ve ever seen, and I think it’s excellent that he’s going to be staying next year. Congrats, Eck!!

Well, the Padres have an off-day today before playing the Braves for three in Atlanta. I just hope we can win some games, now that we’re done with the Cardinals. Man, we only have like a month left of baseball!!

Well, have a great day everyone!!

GO PADRES!!!

Night of the Hundley

What a great game!! After losing their ninth straight game to the Cardinals on Thursday night, the Padres and their fans needed a win. The ball was placed in Clayton Richard’s hands.

(If any of you are wondering why I did not blog yesterday, I was sleeping in ’til 11. Plus, I didn’t really want to blog about that sick loss the other night. Summer’s ending too soon!! Even though I slept until 11 again this morning, I just had to blog about the amazing game last night!!)

First off, it was Fellowship Night, so church groups could come out for a discounted price. Church groups can go anytime, of course, but this is a special night. After the game, some of the players give their testamonies, and it’s good stuff. I should have been there last night, but our church didn’t get out to it this year. It made me pretty depressed, knowing that I could have been there. Oh well. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for me to go to a game this year.

Now, Clayton Richard. This guy came over in the Jake Peavy deal almost a month ago, and he’s been great. His last outing (against the Cardinals actually) was not the greatest, but he got a no-decision. This time, he was excellent. How’s six innings, five hits, NO RUNS, three walks, and six strikeouts? Pretty good. Then when you get the Padres bullpen in there…wow.

In the second inning, Will Venable doubled and Kyle Blanks singled. Nick Hundley came to the plate. He quickly went down 0-2, but came back to a full count. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, he hit a bomb to left field for a three-run homer. Oh man, I LOVE three-run homers!! So cool.

Nick…I love Nick!! He’s a great person, and he’s becoming a very good player. I love catchers, and Nick is a great one. He’s still young, and he’s still learning, but I think he’s a fixture in the Padres’ future. Great game Nick!!

The Padres didn’t score again until the eighth, but then again, the Cardinals didn’t score at all! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Anyways, with runners on third and second, Kouz lined a single up the middle. T.Gywnn scored easily, but Eck got easily caught by the gun of Rick Ankiel. Wow.

Luke Gregerson threw a great inning. Mike Adams struck out the side in his. Heath Bell pitched the ninth, even though it was not a save situation with our 4-0 lead. Which became our 4-0 win when Heath was done.

YAY!!!

What a great game. Will Venable made some excellent plays. Nick Hundley had an unassisted double play, almost a triple play.

So now we have tied up the series at one. My boys need to get at least one more in this series…hmmm…hey, how about tonight!!

Speaking of tonight, our own Hyun Young is going to have the night of her life. Yes, she’s going to the game tonight. She just found out yesterday. Let’s just say that it has something to do with the Ecksteins. I’ll let her tell the story on her blog after the game, but she’s going to have a great, great time. I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR HER!!!!

Speaking of going to a game, I’m getting that itch to be out at the ballpark. It’s been just over a month since I went with Hyun Young and Jen and Kylie, and I really want to get out there again. I’m hoping to get in at least one more game this year. If for no other reason, I think I should go to one for my birthday. That’s a good reason, yes? I guess I’ll just have to see.

Okey dokey. Kevin Correia is pitching tonight against Chris Carpenter. That might be a huge pitching duel if K.Cor can throw strikes. Well, C.Carp, too, but he’s 13-3 and K.Cor is 8-9. Hmmmm. It will be a very interesting game, but the Padres have an advantage: Hyun Young is going to be in the stands!!  

GO PADRES!!! WIN!!!!  

Who’s Hot? Kouz!!

There was the most hilarious interview of Kouz last night on the Padres BP show. I love it when he’s inteviewed on a more casual show, because he’s soooo funny when he’s talking about stuff other than baseball. This is the kind of guy who seems like he would be a ton of fun to hang around with. I used to think he was kind of shy, but man, when he gets on that radio, he’s cracking jokes all over the place, and he’s sooo funny!!

The interview started out with talking about the section in the Union-Tribune called “Who’s Hot Who’s Not.” That day, Kouz was the “Who’s Hot.” Darren Smith said, “Congratulations Kouz, you made the Who’s Hot list for the Union Tribune.”

“Hey, that is awesome, thanks guys,” Kouz said enthusiastically.

Randy Jones said that he was sure that Kouz had cut it out, you know, put it in a scrapbook. Kouz joked that when he got his paper that morning, it was the first section he opened to see his picture in there. “Yes, I made it this time!”

Darren Smith asked him if on the days that he thinks he might be in the Who’s Not section, does he just not pick it up?

“Well, actually guys, I don’t pick it up either way.”

Then they went on to talk about the Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation’s big dinner this Sunday, where Kouz is going to be auctioning himself off for a date!!

“…this is perfect timing to announce that Kevin Kouzmanoff is HOT!” said Darren.

“That’s right,” said Kouz,”So for all you single, good-looking ladies who want a date with myself, Kevin Kouzmanoff, I’ll be available at Adrian’s event!!”

Now, time for some side commentary. AHHHHHHHHH!!!! I was cracking up during this whole thing because they kept talking about how Kouz is hot, not just baseball-wise, and I think he’s really hot, and this whole auctioning-off-for-a-date thing is pretty funny.

(OK, back to the interview)

Kouz has been doing a lot of different events in the community lately. He says that it mixes things up instead of baseball every day, every day.

They then talked about baseball, like Kouz’s defense, and how they think he should be mentioned more often on a national scale, and that he should win Gold Glove.

Randy Jones said, “Hey, I’ve got an idea. Why don’t you hit .350, hit about 35 dingers one year and you might get a Golden Glove?”

“Alright, I think, I think, I’ll do that.” Kouz said casually. 

About Everth Cabrera, Darren asked, “What’s better?…your Spanish or his English?”

Kouz hemmed and hawed and had no idea how to answer that question, so he just went with Everth’s English. “Gotta call a timeout and run over there and talk really slow to him.” But then he said that Everth understands, he gets it.

They then talked about David Eckstein, Kouz saying that if there’s one guy in baseball that kids should watch, it’s David Eckstein. I agree completely.

Next they talked about Kouz’s success in the second half. He’s a lot better in the second half than the first. Why is that?

“I think it’s the way the fish are biting…maybe I need to change my bait earlier in the season.”

It was a hilarious interview, and I really enjoyed listening to it. If you want to listen to the whole thing, go to this link and look for it under the “BP Show Interviews” column.

To learn more about the Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation and their big dinner this Sunday, check out Adrian’s website. There’s no way I’m going, but I’m sure it will be a great event to raise money for their charity.

I’m not going to blog about the game last night other than to say that it was terrible. 7-1 loss, but at least we won the series.

Tonight we are starting a four-game series against the Cardinals. All I can ask of my boys is at least a series split. Especially after getting swept last weekend. I would be good with just two games out of these four. I know you can do it!!!

Tim Stauffer and his 1-5 record is pitching tonight. GO TIM!!!

And GO KOUZ!! I love that dude.

GO PADRES!!!   

Lots Of Happenings “Inside the Park”

What do you do for an encore? That was the question going around Kyle Blanks yesterday, and look what he did. I’d say that that’s an amazing encore.

tate donavan.jpgFirst things first though. Our newly-signed first round draft pick Donavan Tate took batting practice with the team, and talked with Padres announcers during the game. He’s reporting to Peoria today.

I think he’s really cute, yeah girls? It will be so cool to watch him go up through the minors. He’s only 19, drafted out of high school, so it will probably be a long time until he gets up here. Hopefully his path through the minors will go smoothly with no injuries. This is soo exciting!!

OK, the game now. I was not happy that Cesar Carrillo was going to be pitching last night, but he did a decent job.

Derrek Lee hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Kouz drove in Everth Cabrera in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

In the bottom of the third, Everth Cabrera singled and stole second base (his 18th stolen base). Eck grounded out, then Adrian was intentionally walked. Chase Headley grounded into a force out, which drove in Everth. Chase stole second base, and scored on Kouz’s single.

The Cubs got a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 33rd homer of the season to give us a 4-3 lead. Adrian won the NL Player of the Week, by the way. He definitely deserves it.

Cesar Carrillo went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out two. He got the win to even his record at 1-1.

In the bottom of the eighth, the score was still 4-3. The Padres’ bullpen (Gregerson and Adams) had miraculously held the one-run lead. Will Venable walked to start the inning. Then Kyle Blanks, what will you do for an encore? He had already struck out three times so far in the game. 

After taking two balls, he hit one out to center field. It looked like it could go out, but it bounced off the wall right above the center fielder’s jump. The ball rolled down the warning track, with the right fielder no where in sight. The center fielder went to track it down, and by then, Venable had scored. A throw came in, but Blanks was already lying over the plate with an inside-the-park home run. Kyle is a very big guy, but man, he can run! It was a very exciting part of the game, and it gave us two insurance runs!

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blanks congrats.jpgIn the top of the ninth, Heath Bell had a ridiculously easy inning. He only threw seven pitches!! I don’t think we need to worry about after-effects of the blown save on Sunday. Heath’s got the perfect closer mentality!!

And so, we won yet another series. We improved to 5-0 against the Cubs at PETCO Park this season. We got our 51st win.

Kouz had three hits. E-Cab had two hits, including his seventh triple. Padres fans are getting excited. If not about this year, they are definitely looking forward to next year. I know that I’m excited about next year. It’s going to be great!

I wanted to give a quick shout out to my best friend, who is turning the big 16 today. We’ve been friends basically since we were born, and I love her soooo much!! She’s been an amazing friend to me for all these years. Happy birthday, Dudette!!! 4How, LLAP!!! I’ll make you a virtual cake :)

cake.jpgTonight our young stud Mat Latos is starting. Do I hear “sweep”? OH YEAH!!

Let’s do this boys. I know you can, that’s for sure. NEVER SAY DIE!!!

GO PADRES!!!    

Getting Back On That Horse

The Padres were on a four-game losing streak, but they were coming home. They were facing a newly-off-the-DL Ted Lilly, but Kevin Correia was going out against him. This team has been so good lately, and I didn’t think the sweep in St. Louis would deter us. At least, I hoped it wouldn’t. 

I love pitching duels (mostly because it means our pitcher is doing well), so you know I really enjoyed last night’s game. Lilly and Correia were both excellent. Lilly went six innings, allowing four hits and striking out four. Correia went six innings, allowing three hits and striking out two, but walked four. In the sixth, Correia had a bases loaded situation, but barely squeezed out of it. Whew. Both pitchers were excellent.

Neither team scored until the top of the eighth. Mike Adams, of all people, allowed a triple and a single to hand the Cubs a 1-0 lead. But with this San Diego team, a one-run deficit is nothing. At least, I hoped it would be. I hate it when we lose 1-0.

Heath Bell pitched in the top of the ninth. He blew his second save of the season on Sunday, so I’m sure he begged Buddy to let him go out there last night to get back on the horse. Heath’s just like that. Thankfully, he threw a scoreless inning.

Now, to the bottom of the ninth. Rally time.

Everth Cabrera started off the inning. “COME ON, E-CAB!!” I screamed. He promptly grounded out. Grrr.

Next, Eck walked. Yay!! Leave it to Eck to get on base for his team.

Adrian flew out. Uh-oh. Two outs. We totally cannot lose 1-0!!

No worries though. Chase Headley came up and doubled in the tying run. I loved watching Eck pound it out around the bases. Wow.

We’re doing all this against the Cubs’ closer, Kevin Gregg, by the way. Kouz gets intentionally walked to get to rookie Kyle Blanks. Wrong move.

Called strike, ball, and then walk-off three-run homer. Oh yeah. You don’t mess with the big guy.

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kouz on blanksie.jpgKouz was so excited. The video is hilarious to watch. He was sooo pumped up!! :)

heath shaving cream.jpgI knew we could do it. This team is just too good to go down 1-0. So, we won 4-1!! It was a great way to start off the series and snap that losing streak.

Great performance by all the guys. I thought it was wonderful that we got the double and walk-off homer with two outs. That’s just sooo cool!! We got it just barely, but we got it.

Yesterday we signed our number one draft pick, Donovan Tate. The guy’s almost 19 years old, and he just got a $6.25 million deal. Wow. He was at the game last night, sitting five rows behind home plate.

donovan tate.jpgSpeaking of which, there was a pretty good crowd on hand last night. Sure, it was probably mostly Cub fans, but still. 23,420.

Well, tonight Cesar Carrillo is getting his second chance, and I’m scared. This guy was terrible last time out, and I don’t know if that’s going to change. Hmmm. Well, hopefully he will prove me wrong and throw an excellent game.

By the way, we got our 50th win last night. We still have 42 games to play. We have 70 losses, so there’s still a chance that we could have a 100-loss season. But with this team, I highly doubt we’ll get as close as we did last year.

Let’s see how we do tonight. This team has been playing very well, and it’s exciting. Every day, I have hope for Padres baseball. And that’s a great thing to have.

GO PADRES!!!

(photos: ESPN.com) 

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