September 2009

Kiddie Day At The Ballpark

With mainstay players like Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Kouzmanoff, David Eckstein, and Will Venable NOT in the starting lineup on Wednesday, it looked like kid’s day at the ballpark. Six out of the nine pitchers used by the Padres were under 25 years old. And the guy who’s the buzz of San Diego today made his major league debut at only 22 years old.

Edward Mujica made only his second major league start. He went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He was good, but boy we used a lot of pitchers yesterday!

After Mujica, it went Webb, Poreda, Gallagher, Russell, Thacher, Perdomo, Ramos, and finally, Bell.

In the bottom of the third, Chase Headley grounded out, driving in Everth for our first run.

But the Diamondbacks, who seem to be a lot better than what the numbers say, got two runs in the fifth, and one run in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Henry Blanco walked and Drew Macias was hit-by-pitch. Luis Durango, in his second at-bat ever, hit a bunt single to load the bases. That was his second bunt single of the game. Nick Hundley singled to drive in a run, and Tony Gwynn sac-flied another one in. The game was then tied at three. 

In the top of the seventh, Arizona got two runs to take the lead, 5-3. Things were not looking good for our boys. They went into the bottom of the ninth, down by two runs. Tony Gwynn walked to start off the inning. Two outs later, Adrian came into the game to pinch-hit for his brother, Edgar. And guess what he does? He hits a game-tying two run homer to the left field corner. It was soooo great!!

adrian 38th homer.jpgHeath Bell came into the top of the 10, and what do you know, his new shave actually worked! He got two quick outs before walking a batter. Thankfully, that batter was caught stealing and Heath made it through the inning. That’s gotta feel so good for Heath. After those three nasty outings, it must have been amazing to get through one unscathed.

heathshaved!!.jpg In the bottom of the 10th, Luis Durango led off the inning. He singled yet again, putting the potential winning run on base, with a ton of speed

durango.jpgDavid Eckstein then flew out. Everth Cabrera came up next. While he was batter, Durango stole second. Everth singled to right, the first baseman and the second baseman diving and missing the ball. Durango, with his incredible speed, ran all the home and avoided the catcher’s tag, scoring the winning run.

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ecabmob.jpg It was so great!! An amazing effort by my boys to come back and win this game.

And talk about Luis Durango. This guy just got called up on Monday, made his major league debut yesterday. In his first two at-bats he had infield singles. He also had a sac-bunt and a single. He stole a base, and ran around like crazy. The Padres have not had a guy with this kind of speed for a very long time. I mean, if you thought Everth was fast, just wait until you see this guy. Whew! This guy is very, very exciting, and the talk of San Diego today. The Union Tribune raved about him this morning.

What a great game. I was so thankful that we avoided the sweep and were able to see some new talent out there.

We have an off-day today before heading out to Pittsburgh for the weekend. We will play the Pirates for four games. Then they’ll head to Colorado and Arizona before coming home for the end of the season. Oh my, it’s coming up fast!

On a side note, Jacob Edward Peavy is going to be making his first start with the White Sox on Saturday. I’m very sad that he’s not with us anymore, but it will be good for him to be on the mound again. He says he won’t be 100%, but I hope he does extremely well. I MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY JAKE!!!


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The Heater Blows It Again

Well, let’s see. The Padres lost 4-2 in 10 innings on Monday. We were playing the Diamondbacks, the only team in the NL West who are worse than us. Then came the second game of the series.

Wade LeBlanc started, and he did amazing. I think that was like his fourth quality start in a row. Earlier in the year he had a very high ERA, but he’s improved so much, it’s amazing. He went six innings, allowing only one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Wow. This kid is good! It’s about time, too. I recently fell in love with this guy, he’s such a cutie :)

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Anyways, Chase Headley and Edgar Gonzalez each drove in a run in the fourth. It was a short-lived lead, but it was a lead.

In a crazy play in the top of the seventh, a Diamondback hit a ball to center. It bounced, and T. Gwynn got it, threw to Everth, who threw home. The throw went off of Nick’s glove and bounced in front of Arizona’s dugout. Another runner started going for home. Nick took off towards the dugout to get the ball. As he slid for it, his momentum took him into the dugout. He flipped the ball out of his hands so it stayed on the field as he went all the way into the dugout. If he had held on to the ball, the runner would have been given home. Once he stopped, he jumped out of the dugout and threw home, where Adrian was covering. And they got the runner out! It was a crazy play, but hey, we got it done. If you would like to see the play, check it out in this link.

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gonzohome.jpgThe pitching was so great! The bullpen has just been amazing, except for Heath. One of the best guys in there right now is Luke Gregerson. Man, this guy has been lights-out. It’s so cool to see!!  

So, we went into the top of the ninth tied at two. Guess who came out to pitch? Yep, Heath Bell.

And guess who had his third terrible outing in a row? Yep, Heath Bell. It was so bad!! This is actually getting pretty funny. The manager did the right thing, putting his closer in there in a tie game. But something’s wrong here. Heath’s stuff is not working for him at all.

Last night, he allowed a two-run home run. We lost the game 4-2 for the second night in a row. It was not good, man. Not good at all.

So guess what Heath did last night? Frustrated over his three failed outings, and realizing that he needed to have a change, he shaved his goatee. Oh goodness. Heath’s had a goatee since 2004. I can’t imagine him without one! But Heath says it will be back by the weekend. Wow.

heathshaved!!.jpgI’m sorry, but I would not put Heath in any situation unless he had at least a three run lead to work with. He’s proven over the last few games that he can’t be trusted with a one-run lead.

The Padres lost a series after winning six in a row. We were able to beat the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Rockies, but not the lowly Diamondbacks. It’s terribly sad. Hopefully we will be able to take this last game. Right now we have a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but we need more than that, boys. Definitely more than that.

The Padres’ 2010 schedule came out yesterday. We’re going to start and end the season on the road, which is a bummer. Oh well. It was cool to see what next year’s season is going to look like. Hopefully, it will be a very memorable one for my Padres :)

I think it’s hilarious that the Yankees have to start and end their season against the Red Sox at Fenway!! That’s just great.

Well, let’s pull this game off, boys.

GO PADRES!!   

Blow Me Away

Ok, now that I’ve got all that Park View stuff out of the way, I can get into the actual game. Well, not really. Batting practice first!

It was so cool to see all my boys out there! Unfortunately, though, I didn’t recongnize about half of our players. I was probably having trouble with the relief pitchers. This team has changed so much, I can’t even tell who these players by their faces! I can totally recognize the guys who are play all the time, but it’s the less-known less-publicized players that I have trouble with. Oh well.

One player I did recongnize was Mat Latos. He was smiling and goofing around so much! It was pretty cool to see.

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I had a feeling about Nick Hundley from the first time I saw him during batting practice. He wasn’t starting, but I saw him running around, and I thought, he’s going to do something big today. I could feel it.

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Just after Padres BP, Wade LeBlanc came over and signed autographs for us. He was really cute, and he seemed like such a sweet guy. I think I have another favorite player :)

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After Padres BP, we went up to our seats, which were excellent. They were about 26 rows behind the Padres’ dugout. They were sooo good! I got my 5 for $5 deal, which I forgot to take a picture of again, but I did get a picture of the cookie. The cookie is one of the best I have ever had. I love it!

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The game was finally ready to get started. The relief pitchers headed out to the bullpen…

 
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…and you can tell that there are a lot of rookies on this team :) 

Tim Stauffer started for the Padres.

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In the bottom of the first, Everth singled, Eck walked, and Adrian drove in Everth for our first run. It was so cool! Chase Headley, who played third, sac-flied in Eck. So, just like that, we had a 2-0 lead.

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Tim Stauffer pitched excellently. I was so pleased. He had a no-hitter for four innings until Yorvit Torrealba broke it up (much more on him later). Tim allowed four hits and one home run. He walked four batters and struck out three. It was great!

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Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, and Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen and were excellent. The bullpen’s sucess lately induced the Padres to play a sweet video to the song “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.

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When the Rockies got that home run and we were headed to the ninth, I begged my boys to get some insurance for Heath. I’ve learned to be very nervous when Heath comes in. He always has to make things interesting, and I knew that night would be no different. But my boys didn’t listen to me.

And so, we went into the top of the ninth with only a one-run lead. You should have seen Heath sprint out of the bullpen. You could tell that he was ready to get out there and get back on that horse after blowing the save the night before. Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away” blasted through the stadium. 

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When the first batter singled, I assured myself that Heath was just being his usual interesting self. He stuck out the next batter, and when the runner went for second, Henry Blanco’s throw was right there. Unfortunately, Everth couldn’t get the tag down. Oh well. 

But guess who came up next. Yorvit Torrealba. And his bat. It was terrible. He singled right up the middle and the fast runner went all the way home. It was like watching an accident happen. I saw it all happening right in front of me, but I couldn’t do anything about it. That ball was headed for center and that runner was going home.

Here’s when I blew up. I was mostly mad because Heath blew the save and the game was now tied. I was extremely upset because Yorvit Torrealba did it again, the second night in a row. He looked so excited, so happy over there at first and I despised him for it. I screamed at Heath, at the guys who didn’t get some insurance. I yelled and screamed and groaned and it was not pretty peoples.

I was furious, but I think I was mostly scared. I did not want to lose that game. Not after the night before. Not after all the cheering and clapping I had done for the team. I did not want to have to walk out of that ballpark with a L. I was so upset that tears were coming to my eyes, and I knew that if we lost, I would be bawling. And so, I didn’t give up faith. I yelled and I was mad, but I was doing it because I loved my team. I’m sure the people around me thought I was crazy, but they had to understand that I was so mad at them because I loved them so much. 

I think I made a huge fool of myself, but I really didn’t care. There was no one but me and my team there.

After my outburst, as I was slightly calming down, I thought, we’re going to win in a way that’s special, aren’t we? I know it’s weird, but I prayed. I said, hey, if You’re going to have us lose this game, I’ll be fine. I had a blast and You really blessed me with these tickets. But maybe You’ve got something bigger planned here. Maybe You’ve got a huge surprise, a fun walk-off win or something. And I would be good with that too.  

Between innings, it was Rally Time. After the Padres didn’t get anything in the bottom of the ninth, there was a video showing all these walk-offs that the Padres have had this year. First one? Nick Hundley’s walk-off homer in the 16th inning on May 17th. And I looked at my mom and went, “Oh no!” Not 16 innings!

Thankfully, it didn’t take that long. Sean Gallagher was excellent in the top of the tenth. 

Bottom of the tenth, things went great. Will Venable singled on a ball that was misplayed somewhere, I think it was second base. All the night the second baseman was making these great plays against us, and I was like, “I don’t like you, second baseman!” Finally, he did something good for us!

Luis Rodriguez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Will over the second. Henry Blanco was intentionally walked to get to Tony Gwynn, but Edgar Gonzalez pinch-hit for him and got an unintentional walk. He got walked on a 3-1 count!

Next up was Nick Hundley.

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Bases loaded, one out for the catcher.

What an at-bat! First one was a foul, and then four straight balls. It was so cool to see Nick’s patience at the plate, and to see each pitch miss. It was sweet! 

On the last one, Nick flipped the bat and ran to first as Will came home with the winning run. I was soooooooo excited!!

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It was such a relief to win. We had the bases loaded there with one out, and I thought, we CAN’T leave these guys on!! We had to get it then, when we still had some momentum, and I am so thankful that we did.

So, I have been to four games this year, and all four were wins. It’s my $6 jersey, I know it. Man, it’s gone FOUR games and won each one, so I’m definitely keeping it around. I’ll be going to my fifth game of the year in about two weeks, so I’m really hoping that I’ll got 5-0 this year. That would be so sweet :)

On Friday, we got officially eliminated from the NL West race. It’s OK, though. We knew this team wasn’t going anywhere, and we’ve been too busy winning to really notice anyways.

We’re definitely locked in our role as spoiler though. We won our sixth straight series yesterday! It was great. We’ve won three straight series against division rivals, and we’re playing some great, great baseball. This is fun :)

Now we’re going to play the Diamondbacks for three games at home. They’re worse than us, so if we can beat teams like the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Rockies, I think we will be able to beat the Diamondbacks.

Oh man, what a very very long entry. I’ve been working on this for like two hours. I think it’s time to end it. Well, I hope you all enjoyed it, I certainly had a lot of fun going to the game and seeing all my boys. It was so much fun!

GO PADRES!!

Park View Little League World Champion Tribute

Oh man, I don’t even know where to start! There’s a ridiculous amount of stuff to write about today, so be prepared for a very long entry. Let’s get started.

On Friday night, the Padres opened their series against the Rockies. It was an amazing game! The Padres got a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Believe it or not, but that lead held all the way to the ninth. Incredible, right? The pitching was fantastic. Edward Mujica started the game, and though he only went four innings, he allowed nothing but two hits. Following him were Sean Gallagher, Adam Russell, Joe Thatcher, and Luke Gregerson. Among all five guys, they only allowing three hits total. Isn’t that INCREDIBLE??

But then Heath Bell came out.

Heath had his worst night of the entire year. Basically, he got the bases loaded and allowed a three-run double to Yorvit Torrealba. It was terrible. The Rockies ended up winning 4-1 as Heath blew his fourth save of the year. It was an amazing game, but it’s really too bad that Heath wasn’t able to hold it. I was upset, but I thought, hey, it was just a bad night for Heath and he’ll bounce back.

On Friday afternoon, we got a call from a guy at our church who had three Padres tickets for Saturday’s game. Would we like them? OH YEAH!! I was sooooo excited!!! I was going to get to go to a Padres game during my birthday week!! Thank you soooo much to the person who gave us those tickets! We had a blast!

IMG_7537.JPGAnd so, we headed out around four in the afternoon on Saturday to spend a night at the ballpark. We got there just after five, when the gates opened. Guess what? It’s time for some Padres baseball.

IMG_7550.JPGThis was the really cool clock every fan got when they walked in. The ticking is really annoying, but hey, it’s cool to look at, and it’s pretty good quality, too!

One of the reasons I was really excited about this game was the Park View Little League Champions were being honored by the Padres. I followed the team mostly through the newspaper when they were making their playoff run, so I recognized a lot of the player’s names. It was so cool to see them all there!!

The Padres did an outstanding job of honoring the team. They went all out, man. It was so amazing. Here’s what the players did:

  • Before batting practice, they got a clubhouse tour. They were presented with personalized Padres jersey, all with the number 1.
  • They got to watch the Padres’ batting practice, and then they got to take batting practice themselves. A few of the players went out to shag, and some played catch with the major league players.

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  • They had a ceremony in the Park in the Park where CEO Jeff Moorad, GM Kevin Towers, and infielder Edgar Gonzalez talked to them and congradulated them.

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  • The Padres then unveiled two huge banners comemmorating Park View’s World Championship. Moorad announced that those banners would stay up for the rest of this year and all of next year.

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  • The players were later introduced one by one to a standing ovation. A video of some highlights from their playoff run played.

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  • IMG_7168.JPGWhen the Padres players trotted out to their positions, the Park View players trotted out with them to their respective positions and stayed with them during the National Anthem.
  • Later in the game, the Friars Race started. The Friars were just getting going when suddenly, the Park View players ran out and tackled three of them. The players then got up and finished out the race. It was hilarious!

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IMG_7260.JPGThe players got to help with “Slingshots with the Pad Squad,” firing little soft balls into the stands.

  • The families of the team got to watch the game from a suite in the Western Metal Supply Building. Let me tell you, those are not cheap places to watch from!!

I got to get one of the kid’s autographs, Kiko Garcia. So cool!!

IMG_7541.JPGLook at all that. The Padres did an incredible job of honoring these champions. It was so cool to see!! Kudos to the Padres. They did fantastic!

I was really impressed with these kids. All through their playoff run, they seemed relaxed and easy-going. They’ve been dealing with all this fame extremely well. They were very well-behaved during all the ceremonies, and you could just tell that they were having a blast. San Diego really embraced this team, and we love them!

OK, since this entry is like HUGE, I’ve decided to do two today. Coming up next will be details and tons of pictures about the actual game.

CONGRATS PARK VIEW ON YOUR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!

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Get Well Soon, Koooooz!!

As you know, my dear Kouz got hurt in San Fran a few days ago. Of course, the news was terrible for me to hear. Thankfully, he is not on the DL (yet), but it looks like he’ll be out for a week or so. Poor Kouz :( The Padres were just starting their campaign for him to get a Gold Glove and so was I. Hopefully, he will be able to get back on the field soon.

Kouz, don’t be depressed.

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Keep some ice on that calf, and be sure to stretch it out.

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I know you’ve never had an injury like this before, so that makes it tough. But at least it wasn’t your back!

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I know you’ll be back out there as soon as you can. I can’t wait to see you healthy again :)

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Just please don’t go on the DL. Be careful when you make throws to first. And Kouz, you’re such a cutie :)

I LOVE YOU!!!

Your loyal fan,

Kaybee

 

GO PADRES!!!

Five Series In A Row

I love these guys. Something amazing is happening here in San Diego, and it’s so much fun to watch.

Wade LeBlanc got the ball for the series finale against the Giants. He threw seven innings, allowing nothing but a two-run homer and four hits. I’m not sure what was going on with him earlier in the season, but he’s finally found his groove (and his strikes). It’s about time. This guy might have a chance to break into the starting rotation next year. Great effort yesterday, Wade!! Well done.

wade leblanc.jpgThe offense of this game can be summed up in two words: Cabrera and Gonzalez. In the top of the first, Everth led off the game with a single. While Eck was batting, he stole second. Eck grounded out, and while Adrian was batting, Everth moved to third on a passed ball. Adrian singled Everth in to give us the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third, E-Cab walked. With Eck batting, he stole second. Eck sacrificed him over to third. Adrian came up and hit his 37th home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.

adrian 37th homer.jpgAdrian’s 37th is the most he’s ever hit in a year as a major league player. Last year, he made a career-high of 36. Now his career high is 37. I know it’s just a number to Adrian, but it is a big accomplishment. Congrats, Adrian!! 

ev beng gonzo.jpgThe Giants got on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, but that’s all they got for the entire game.

In the sixth, Oscar Salazar hit a solo homer to extend our lead.

LeBlanc started the eighth, but did not get an out. He walked the first two batters. Luke Gregerson came in and did an incredible job of getting out of the inning. He got three straight outs to end the threat. Let me tell you, the guys in the bullpen have been the unsung heroes this year. They really don’t get much attention, but they have done an excellent job here.

Heath Bell allowed a hit in the ninth, but he closed it to get his 37th save and give the Padres their fifth straight series win.

Oh my goodness, I was soooo happy!!! This is a different team than we saw earlier in the year. These guys are playing hard, working together, and getting the job done. It’s so great!

We are now 20 games behind, which doesn’t really matter at this point, but it’s still good to see us inching back towards the right direction.

Man, with the way things are going, Heath might have a 40+ save season. I think Adrian’s definitely going to have over 40 home runs.

What a great series. I am soooo glad that we didn’t have to face Lincecum!!

I love the Union Tribune. They’ve got some quality writing going there. BUT there was something in there today that I took slight offense to. Every day, they have a “Who’s Hot Who’s Not” section. Recently, Kouz has been in the “Who’s Hot” section a lot, because his bat has been on fire. And of course, because he’s really hot.

But today, he was in the “Who’s Not” section!! How rude. It reads: “Sidelined by strained calf muscle just as the club was launching a campaign to promote third baseman for a Gold Glove. Also had 13 RBI in last 13 games.” 

I mean, come on. It’s not Kouz’s fault that he got hurt. He was just trying to throw a ball to first when it happened. I don’t think getting hurt warrants being placed in the “Who’s Not” section. Sure, it’s terribly disappointing, but I guess it’s a good thing he doesn’t read the papers. I love you Kouz!!!!

get_well_soon_11.gifIf you would like to join a Facebook group for Kouz, “Kevin Kouzmanoff for Gold Glove,” click on this link and invite your friends to join as well!! 

My boys get an off-day at home today. We will play the Rockies for three games this weekend at our beloved Petco Park. Three NL West rivals in a row. Well, make it four if you count the Diamondbacks next week. 4-2 record against the first two. Hmmmm.

The Rockies have a 8-4 record against us this year, but this team is a much different team than the one that was around earlier in the season.

Tomorrow, Edward Mujica will get the start. Now, that will be interesting. He’s been in the bullpen for us all year.

Enjoy the off-day, boys :) 

GO PADRES!! 

Climbing Out Of The Cellar

I love this team. Like crazy. Yesterday, I happened to notice that Tim Lincecum was no longer on the “probable pitchers” section on the front page of padres.com. WHOOO HOOO!! I was so excited. In his place, a rookie named Madison Bumgarner was making his major league debut. First off, that name makes me laugh every time I see it. Second of all, the guy’s 20 years old. He’s a kid! I had the ultimate confidence in my boys to get this game. Especially after losing on my birthday, they needed the win.

Kevin Correia started for the Padres. He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He pitched well, but did not get a decision.

On the other side, Bumgarner was very good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut. He went 5.1 innings, only allowing solo home runs to Chase Headley and Kouz. You have to give him credit, he seemed to have things pretty much together. Must have been a great night for him. 

This was a back and forth game. The Giants got on in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got one in the top of the second, Giants got it back in the bottom of the inning. Padres and Giants each get one in the fourth.

In the seventh, Will Venable hit a monster home run to the deepest part of the ballpark to tie the game at three. What a strong boy!! 

In the eighth, Adrian and Kouz singled with no outs. Chase Headley singled to right, and Adrian came in to score. The throw was right there, but the catcher lost hold of it and it bounced away. It was so cool!!

Sadly, though, my dear Kouz hurt himself when he was running the bases. He got a left calf strain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My poor baby :( Hopefully it will only be day-to-day and he will be back on the field ASAP!!!!

get well soon.jpgDue to Kouz’s terrible injury, there had to be some strange changes for the Padres’ defense. Chase Headley moved from left field to third, which is his natural position. Nick Hundley, catcher, who had not played outfield since college, went out to left field. Eliezar Alfonso went in to catch. And Heath Bell came in to get the save.

It was Nick Hundley’s 26th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Nick!!!

Heath didn’t make things interesting last night. It was amazing. He went 1-2-3, and Nick got to catch the last out in left field. Yay!!

It was an incredible game for many reasons. We came back from three deficits. Chase had three hits, and Kouz and Will had two hits each. We tied the series, so now we have a chance to win yet another series today.

And, one of the most exciting parts…I am soooo happy…WE’RE OUT OF THE CELLAR!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Finally!!! Arizona is right behind us at 22 games behind, and we’re 21 games behind. But we’re not the NL West Worst anymore. We’re been playing excellently, not like a last-place team at all. We don’t belong down there. Finally, we have a taste a fresh air after being in that musty cellar for so long.

“Breathe the free air again, my friend.” – Gandalf the White, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers 

It feel soooo good to be out. Oh man.

TEAM W  L % GB
LA Dodgers 83  57  .593  -
Colorado 79  60  .568 3.5
San Francisco 76  63  .547   6.5
San Diego 62   78  .443  21.0
Arizona 61  79  .436

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Kevin Kouzmanoff is a brilliant player. This is his third season in the majors with the Padres, and he’s amazing. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love this guy like crazy. He’s a good hitter, but the best aspect of his game is his defense. He’s incredible at third base. I mean, amazing. These last two years, he’s been fantastic over there. This year, I think he should get a Gold Glove. Because the Padres are so small-market, our players don’t get noticed very much, but Kouz really needs to get out there. The Padres have sent DVDs to other managers in the majors showing tons of Kouz’s incredible plays. I really really really hope he will get a Gold Glove this year!! He totally deserves it.

 Well, the Padres and Giants are playing the last of three games today. Wade LeBlanc will go against Barry Zito.

GO PADRES!!! KOUZ FOR GOLD GLOVE!!! 

Can You Believe It??

What a game, what a series. Going into the nationaly broadcast game last night, the Padres and Dodgers had each won one of the two previous games in the series. They played on Sunday for the series. Which team would you think would come out on top? Probably the Dodgers, right? They’re one of the best teams in baseball, and the Padres are, by the numbers, one of the worst. Keep an open mind, though. Things are stirring in San Diego. Something good is happening.

And don’t forget the cat and mouse…

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Before Tim Stauffer threw a pitch in this game, he had a 1-0 lead. In the top of the first, Eck got on thanks to an error. Adrian’s double drove him to third, and Kouz grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Eck. The hit went to the shortstop, who threw it home and was just off-line as Eck made a beautiful slide to avoid the tag. One RBI for Kouz.

In the top of the third, Everth walked, Eck singled, and Adrian walked with no outs. Kouz then singled in two guys to give the Padres a 3-nothing lead. Three RBI for Kouz!!

In the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers got a run. Tim Stauffer threw 6.2 innings total, allowing three runs, only one earned. He walked one and struck out three. He was amazing. Much better than he had been before. Starting pitching has overall been excellent lately. It’s great!

timstauffer.jpgIn the top of the fifth, Adrian hit his 35th homer of the season to give us a 4-1 lead. Man, this guy has been amazing this year!!

kouzadrian.jpgIn the bottom of the seventh, the Padres got into some trouble. Everth made a terrible error that allowed a runner to get on and definitely opened the door for the Dodgers. Thankfully, we were able to keep the damage down to just two runs. The Padres still held a lead of 4-3.

The next few innings were nerve-wracking. The Dodgers are so good, I didn’t think a one-run lead would hold. It didn’t help that all the guys on the radio could talk about was that the fans almost expected a come-from-behind walk-off win, and that they were anticipating it. Oh man.

When Heath came on in the bottom of the ninth, I started pacing. It was so terrible to be handing Heath a one-run lead. Not that Heath tends to blow games like that; he only has three blown saves on the season. It’s just that he loves to make things very interesting. Much more than we need it to be, thank you very much.

He got one quick out on a strikeout, but then the interesting part came. He walked Rafael Furcal. Is he crazy?? Giving that guy first is just like giving him second. But miraculously, Furcal didn’t go for second at all. Very strange.

Jim Thome flew out (what a stressing at-bat that was!!). Whew. We got two outs, just one more. 

Andre Either had a full count before flying out to left. I screamed “YES!!” and fell to my knees. Then I jumped around with my little brothers in celebration. WE WON THE SERIES AGAINST THE DODGERS!! WE TOOK TWO OUT OF THREE!! TWO OUT OF THREE!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

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Look at Kouz. I don’t think he can believe it either haha :) That’s adorable.

It was so amazing. I can’t believe we actually stole this series from them, and at Dodger Stadium, too!! What a series. All the energy was amazing.

With a Diamondbacks loss last night, we are now tied for last place. Both of us are 20 games behind. I am elated. I would love to be able to get out of this nasty cellar. We’re not playing like we’re in the cellar, so I think we should get out of it already. Oh man, that would be amazing.

Well, since today is my sixteenth birthday, I would love it if my boys got a win for me. I mean, last night’s was great, but what would be even more great would be to get the win against the Giants today and hopefully get out of the cellar. The Dodgers are playing the Diamondbacks today. Hmmm. I wonder how that would work out. If the Dodgers and Padres won, would the Padres move anywhere? I guess we’ll have to see.

Clayton Richard is starting against Brad Penny. Oh boy. Now that will be interesting. Sounds like a pitcher’s duel is brewing, but I guess we’ll just have to see.

 
IMG_6557.JPG Happy birthday to me :)

GO PADRES!!!

Unlikely Hero

Coming into last night’s game, Wade LeBlanc had had a very bad time in the majors. In the eight major league starts he had before, he had an ERA of 8.53. He also had a 16.20 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium. He hadn’t been that good at all in his starts with the Padres. Descent in Triple-A, but not good in the majors.

Until last night.

LeBlanc had, by far, the very best start he’s made in the major leagues. He threw six innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and struck out two. He was being aggressive, throwing strikes, and he threw an excellent game. I’m very pleased. Well done, Wade.

wadeleblanc.jpgIn the top of the first, we got two runners on with no outs. Everth walked and Eck singled. But Adrian struck out and Everth got caught stealing. Thankfully, Kouz was able to single in Eck to give us the lead.

In the top of the second, Oscar Salazar singled. Will Venable grounded out, sending Oscar to second. Then, craziness abounded. Nick Hundley singled, the hit going off the pitcher’s glove and to the shortstop. The shortstop threw past first, and as Oscar chugged around to score, the first baseman threw over the catcher’s head and into the stands. My goodness. The Dodgers got charged for two errors on that play, and the Padres got their second run.

nick sing;e.jpgAfter LeBlanc left the game, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson threw. Heath Bell relieved Luke with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the potential tying runs on board. Heath induced a fly-out to left field to get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Heath came back to get the save. First batter he faced singled. But, he got an excellent double play started by Kouz. Heath ended the game with a called strike to the last batter.

heath fist.jpgAnd so, we won 2-0, beating our division rivals. Sure, we’re 20 games behind them, but this time, the mouse came out on top of the cat.

cat_amp_mouse.jpgLike I said the other day, we’re playing spoiler. We keep the Dodgers down, and we can determine who’s going to win this thing. Last night’s game was not easy. We only got two runs, five hits, the whole game. The Dodgers had some big threats going. All it would have taken was a single to tie the game. Thankfully, our pitching was able to keep them down, but it wasn’t easy.

There’s a ton of energy when the Padres and Dodgers meet. The crowd was 52,965!! I definitley heard some “LET’S GO PADRES!!” out there. These series are intense.

We have no right winning this series, I know. By the numbers, we’re the worst team in the NL West. The Dodgers have been in the lead almost all year. They’re a dominating club. But this Padres team has changed since the last time we met. They’re different, better. And I think they’re going to become a playoff-hopeful team’s worst nightmare.

Mat Latos will be making his last start of the year tonight against Randy Wolf. After tonight, the Padres will be shutting down Latos, since he’s had a very large work load this year. I hope he’ll be able to have a great start to finish off a great year. Go Latos!!

GO PADRES!!! BEAT LA!!!   

Sloooooooooow Off-Day

I seriously have nothing to blog about today. I’ve been wracking my brain for something interesting to write about, but it’s not happening. Off-days, you know…

Ah ha!

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Baseball crackers!!! How fascinating is that.

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Haha.

We’re playing the Dodgers today in Dodger Stadium. Wade LeBlanc will start and hopefully do a great job. Hopefully our bats will still be hot and our gloves crisp. Hopefully we will be able to pound the Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!

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