April 2010

Singling All The Way

wadegem.jpgStory of the game: Wade LeBlanc.

This guy has been amazing ever since we called him up a few weeks ago. In the three games that he’s started, he’s only allowed one run on 17 hits with 16 strikeouts. Yeah, he’s been good.

Last night, he went 6.1 innings, allowing eight hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out six. I would also like to mention that his ERA is 0.52. 0.52!!!!!!

He even picked a runner off of second.

Not only was he amazingly solid in his pitching, but he turns out to be a bona fide hitter as well!

He went 3-for-3 last night. No joke. He’s now batting a cool .667. Four hits in six at-bats. Yep, that would do it. 

When I found out that he had three hits, I was like, no way. That’s just too funny! But man, it’s true. He really helped himself out.

In the bottom of the fourth, we got four runs on four hits. Funny thing is, all of them were singles, The even funnier thing is, all 13 hits in this game were singles. No extra-base hits for these boys. I’d say that this game was the epitome of small ball.

In the bottom of the fifth, we scored five runs. The amazing thing was that we started the inning with seven consecutive singles. Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, Kyle Blanks, Oscar Salazar, Yorvit Torrealba, Wade LeBlanc, and Jerry Hairston Jr. It was soooo cool!! There was really no big blow in the whole game, but we got a bunch of runs the small way.

yorvithit.jpgTim Stauffer came into the game after Wade left, and he threw 2.2 solid innings. A hit and a walk, and that was it for him.

Let’s take a look at some of the contributions from the lineup last night. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit leadoff, taking the place at shortstop of Everth Cabrera, who is going to go on the DL. Of course, I’m sad that Everth is injured and won’t be able to play for us in a while, but I’m super thankful that we’ve got a solid defender who can replace him. J-Hair is a really, really good player. I think the Hair-Bros are doing better than any of the other Bros combinations that we’ve had.

Anyways, in that leadoff spot, Jerry had two hits and drove in two runs. He also made some ESPN-worthy defensive plays. Man he’s good.

Eck was batting second and drove in a run on one hit. Adrian was batting third, and he was the only one in the starting lineup not to get a hit. He did not have a good night at the plate, but hey, he’s batting .299 and the rest of the team was able to pick him up, so I think he’s good.

Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, and Kyle Blanks each had one hit. Scotty and Blanksie each scored two runs.

It’s the bottom of the lineup that I really want to talk about. Those last three guys, Salazar, Torrealba, and LeBlanc, had the best day of anyone. Salazar and Yorvit each had two hits. Yorvit drove in three runs. And, as we know, Wade had three hits. I love that the bottom of the lineup weren’t easy outs.

Overall, this lineup is extremely solid. I’m looking forward to seeing J-Hair get some more playing time, especially at short. I think he’s going to add a lot as an everyday player.

No Trevor in this game, but I’m sure that he’ll be out there sometime in the next three games. I know that he’s eagar to get out there again and prove that he can still pitch. But at the same time, the only way he’s getting out there is when we’re blowing out the Brewers again and they just want to get him out for some work.

Honestly, though, if we did find ourself in a situation where it’s the bottom of the ninth and we’re losing, I think that we could easily come back against him. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Trevor and miss him like crazy, but the way he’s been pitching…

It would be really ironic if we put T-Gwynn out there against Trevor. Just to rattle him a little bit.

trevorbackhome.jpgI wish Trevor all the best, and I really do hope that he’ll be able to get out of this funk, but these are my boys now and winning is the priority. If we have to win against Trevor, that’s cool. And you know what, I think it’s even cooler because then the Brewers will be so frustrated with him that they’ll release him and we can pick him up and bring him back where he belongs.

Time for some more domination, boys. 

GO FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!  

Still Top of the NL West

I was pretty upset after our horrible loss on Monday, but thankfully, my boys went back out there and were able to take the next two games against the Florida Marlins.

On Tuesday, Jon Garland had a really good game. I was super glad that he actually threw well and didn’t give up that many runs. He went six innings and gave up only one run on three hits. But the cool thing was that he struck out ten batters. I was very pleased by that.

That was a great 4-1 win by the boys.

Yesterday, the Marlins got a lot of runs off of Kevin Correia early. They got two in the bottom of the first, then one each in the bottom of the next two innings. He was okay…I mean, he got the win, but he could have been a little more solid. Oh well.

kcorpitching.jpgIn the top of the fifth, my boys came back to take the lead. Here they’re losing 4-0. Not exactly something I would expect these guys to come back from. Hehehe. But guess what? They did.

Jerry Hairston Jr. drove one in, then David Eckstein hit a three-run double. Adrian singled one in. And just like that, we were winning 5-4.

Have I ever mentioned that we have an amazing bullpen? Well, we do. Man they’re good. Edward Mujica, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams. These guys are seriously solid, and I think they’re extremely underrated.  

One thing that I really enjoyed about yesterday’s game was that I got to watch it!! MLB.TV gave it to us for free for that one game, and I loved it! I loved being able to finally see my boys play. I hadn’t seen them at all yet this season, except for the highlight videos, so it was very cool. 

On that note, I got to see Clay Hensley pitching against us, which was really cool. Well, it wasn’t cool that he got six strikeouts against us, but man it was good to see him again. I loved having that guy here in San Diego, and I miss him :(

Obviously, you cannot give Heath Bell only a one-run lead. It’s not safe, and it’s not good for any of the Padres fans’ nerves. Not good at all. So, I was really really thankful when Yorvit Torrealba hit a home run in the top of the eighth to give Heath a little more cushion. Watching that thing brought on memories of a Torrealba homer against us. Shudder. I’m so glad that he’s on our side now.

yorvithomer.jpgHeath came in and had to make things very interesting, but thankfully, he got out of it and we won the game, along with our fourth series win in a row. We’re doing okay. Not the best, but we’re still up there and we’re still playing very well.

We still have our one-game lead in the NL West, which is still so sweet. I love just knowing that we’re on top of the division. We’re doing very well. I’m soooo excited about these boys!!

But now I’d like to talk about a few people who aren’t doing so well right now. Like Jake Peavy. Ever since he left San Diego and went to the White Sox, he has not been doing well. He was okay last year, but he was hurt. Now, this year, he’s been really, really bad.

jakefail.jpgSo far this season he’s 0-2 in five games started. His ERA is 7.85. He’s given up 25 runs and 20 walks. Nope, not good at all.

Trevor Hoffman has three saves in seven opportunities. His ERA is 13.00 in nine games. He’s kind of pretty much failing in Milwaukee.

trevorfail.jpgDo you see a pattern here? These guys both left San Diego on really bad terms. Both are struggling like crazy. I think this just goes to show that those who leave San Diego on such bad terms will not do well elsewhere. I’m just saying…

That leads into the fact that the Brewers are coming into town, dragging Trevor behind them. Well, not really. But Trev has not been doing well at all, and it would not surprise me if the Brewers put somebody else out there in a save situation. But, of course, there will be no save situations for the Brewers in this series. My boys are going to dominate.

I think the Brewers should trade Trevor back to us. If they don’t want him blowing games for them all the time, why not take him off their hands?

Anyways, it’s going to be a very interesting series, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see my boys get home and dominate!

GO PADRES!!!

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Forget About That One…

Last night’s game was really, really bad. I was pretty frustrated that we lost it, but we’ll be able to get back into it.

Right?

Mat Latos was not very solid last night. I know, that’s a huge understatment. I’m really trying to cut the kid some slack, though. This is his first time starting a season on a major league team, and everyone has bad days every once in a while. Just last week, we were super excited about Mat because of his amazing outing. This week, it wasn’t so good. But I’m going to keep supporting him. It’s just too bad that our pitching seems to be going downwards a bit. Last week it was sooo solid, and yesterday it was not looking good.

But we’ll be okay. I hope. I just want to forget about yesterday’s game, and move on.

I love being in first place. I love winning. I love being over .500. But I am a little worried about this team. I mean, we are on a two-game losing streak. I just really, really hope that my boys will show me that I have nothing to be worried about tonight.

Jon Garland, I really hope that you’ve got your good stuff tonight. You’re going to need it.

GO PADRES!!!

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Top of the NL West!!!

This Padres team is amazing. I don’t care what anyone says against them. They are winners and they are on the top of the NL West right now. They are number one. And it’s not because the Diamondbacks and the Giants are really bad teams. I don’t believe that either of them are terrible. Even if they were, thay would not be the reason that we just won six games in a row. We just won six games in a row because we have the talent. We have the bats. We have the gloves and the pitching and the defense. We are the only ones to blame for this six-game winning streak.

We had a great game yesterday. Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Hundley each hit a home run, Jon Garland was finally able to pull off a descent start, and best of all, we won the game to sweep the Giants to take over the top of the NL West.

numberone.jpgI am sooooooo proud of these boys. They’ve done amazing in the past two series, and I can’t wait to see what else they’ll do. Well done, boys.

GO PADRES!!! 

Winning A One-Hitter

highfivesallaround.jpgThis was an intense game.

Last year, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter against us. We faced him again last night, and he was almost as good as that. This time, he threw a one-hitter. And the amazing thing is, we won the game.

Mat Latos started the game for us, and he was incredible. He went seven solid innings, giving up nothing but four hits and one walk. Absolutely amazing. Let me tell you something: if we hadn’t had the stunning pitching performances like we’ve had for the past five days, we would not have won those games. Without good pitching, you don’t win. But thankfully, we’ve had incredible pitching. Wow I love these guys.

In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Headley singled (that’s our one hit). He then stole second, and a batter later, Scotty Hairston hit a sac-fly to get him in.

Chase was an essential part of this game. Hey, he’s been an essential part of this winning streak! Last night he stole three bases, got our only hit, and scored our only run. Amazing.

Most times, a very close game like this one was is a lot more intense than a game where the Padres are winning like 17-2. This was a nail-biting, and we had some seriously close calls.

Mike Adams came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and instantly got himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off triple. Gulp.

He got the next guy to ground out to third. Then he got a pop-up to Adrian. Finally, he struck out the last guy he faced. It was scary, man, but Mike got himself into that situation, and it was up to him to get out of it. It was really, really great that he was able to, but Mike? How ’bout you don’t get yourself into that situation next time in the first place? It would make things a lot easier on all of us. Thank you.

mikeadams.jpgThen my boys weren’t able to get any more runs in the bottom of the eighth, which was very scary. Heath Bell cannot handle one-run leads. It just doesn’t work with him. I would really, really appreciate it if you stopped making him go out there with only one run to work with!! It’s just to hard on my heart.

I don’t understand why on earth Heath has to make things so interesting, but for some reason, he does. He got an out, but then he put the tying run on base with a walk. What on earth?? That’s not very logical. Then he allowed a single!! I was freaking out. Thankfully, the runner stopped at third, but now you’ve got runners on first and third with only ONE out!!!

Oh man it was awful. Heath got the next batter to fly out to right field, and the runner at third stayed put. Then, the last batter was super intense. You could tell that Heath was ready to get that guy because he was sticking with his fastball and going right for the strike zone. It went called strike, swinging strike, foul, foul, and finally, swinging strike. After all those fastballs, Heath went with his curve and got John Bowker to go for it. HUGE sigh of relief here.

heathyells.jpgAs I was sitting there watching the game on Gameday, I didn’t want us to lose it. Not only would it be our fifth win in a row, and we would win the series, but we would win a game with only one hit. I think that’s pretty sweet. I was very, very relieved when Mike and Heath were able to get out of those nightmarish innings. You guys can’t do that to me!!!

All that matters though, is that we won the game. We won a game with only one hit. Of course, that’s a terrible thing, because we really need to have more hits as a team, but the story of this game is the pitching. Sanchez and Latos were incredible. Sanchez struck out ten batters. The bullpens were not perfect, but they were able to keep the other team from scoring. Overall, it was an incredible game.

Another thing I’m super excited about is that we’ve moved into first place with these Giants. YES!!! I love it when my boys are #1. I know we were in first place for a while last season, and it didn’t last very long, but it will be very interesting to see how it goes this season. How cool would it be if we stayed in first place for a very long time? I love these boys!!

The series finale against the Giants is going to be this afternoon down at Petco. It’s not a rubber game, because my boys already won the series!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I think it would be amazing if we could sweep this series and take sole possesion of the NL West. Sound good? Let’s do it.

Jon Garland’s pitching, so he really needs to get things together. I will not be happy at all if he blows this game for us. GET IT TOGETHER JON STEVEN GARLAND!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, that’s my boys. Top of the NL West. I’m so proud to be a Padres fan right now, and I’m looking forward to some more amazing baseball.

GO PADRES!!!    

Four In A Row

eck walk off.jpgWHAT AN AMAZING GAME!!! I was super happy when we were able to sweep the Diamondbacks, and I was even happier when we were able to win last night against the Giants. That gave us our fourth win in a row, and we’re now officially in second place in the NL West. It’s notable that we are second only to these San Francisco Giants, who we happen to be playing right now. If we are able to win, say, two more games, we’ve got the top of the NL West, man.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • David Eckstein, of course. Besides his incredible tenth inning walk-off homer, he had another hit and made some amazing defensive plays. You can’t say enough about how valuable this guy has been to our organization.  
  • Clayton Richard started the game and was super solid. He went 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, one run, one walk, and struck out five. That outing was strikingly similar to the one by Wade LeBlanc on Sunday. Both were amazing. Both kept the team in the game.
  • Luke Gregerson came into the game in the seventh with runners on second and third and only one out. He promptly struck out the two batters he faced. Now that’s what I call solid relief pitching. Wow.
  • Clayton Richard again. He hit a booming double in the fourth which was originally called a home run, though it was obviously not. It was really funny.
  • Kyle Blanks had two hits, including a triple. Yorvit Torrealba also had two hits.
  • Adrian sac-flied in our first run.
  • Cheadley stole a base.

There weren’t that many lowlights, other than leaving eight runners on base. I was very thankful that Eck was able to end the game right there in the tenth. I wasn’t up for a 22 inning or so marathon. Also, Heath Bell blew his first save of the year. That was not good, but as I’m always telling the Padres, they need to give Heath at least a two-run cushion. One run is not going to cut it.

I am so happy that we’re in second place in the NL West right now. That’s soooo exciting, and I really think that we’ll be able to take over the Giants in the next two days. My boys are on fire right now, and I really hope that’s not going to stop.

Well, we’ve got Mat Latos going for us tonight against Jonathan Sanchez. Let’s see what my boys will do for an encore.

GO PADRES!! 

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Unbelievable!

Okay, so I was shocked that we were able to win two in a row. Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks was amazing! We won 5-0, and it was just a great game. I was thrilled that we finally won our first series of the year. It was about time! I was very happy that we were able to get the series, and I would have been content with that. But my boys weren’t. They wanted to get all three, and guess what? They did!

This is the team who was 3-6 coming into this weekend’s series. They had yet to win a series at all. Things were not clicking for them at all, and then suddenly, they came out and won three games. It’s seriously unbelievable. I’m so amazed at this turnaround!

Sure, it was only one series, but we won all three games in that series. The first game was a huge come-from-behind-walk-off win. The second one was a dominating shutout. And the third…my goodness, that was a game to remember.

Wade LeBlanc was called up on Saturday night to take Chris Young’s start. Speaking of Chris Young, things are not looking good. Sigh.

Wade had an amazing spring and was really impressive. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room for him on the major league team, but he was sent down to Triple-A with the promise that he would be back up in the majors in no time. We hate to see a guy like CY go down so quickly, and Wade was definitely up here faster than he thought he would be. Still, it’s a good thing that we do have guys like Wade who are great pitchers and can come up anytime we need them.

wadeleblancc.jpgWade threw five innings, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks, and struck out seven. Talk about an incredible outing, that’s what Wade gave us yesterday. Man, he was sooo good! I think that was the best outing by any starting pitcher so far this season. He’s got a beautiful ERA of 1.80.

The Diamondbacks got a run in the top of the first and another one in the top of the sixth off of Edward Mujica. But in the bottom of the seventh, my boys found their bats.

Scotty Hairston hit a solo homer to start the inning. BANG! We’ve got our first run on the board.
Two outs later, Everth Cabrera singled and stole second. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled, sending Everth home to tie the game. Adrian was intentionally walked, which brought up Chase Headley.

Chase hit the ball way out into left-center field. Jerry and Adrian scored, and the throw from the outfield was caught by nobody. Chase kept chugging around the bases, and with nobody covering home and the baseball somewhere around the mound, he scored the fifth run of the inning. I’d call in an inside-the-park home run, since it’s been a super long time since we had one of those, but it was ruled a double and an error. Oh well. Still, it was an amazing hit and play.

chasecelebrate.jpgIn the ninth, Heath Bell came in to try to get his third save of the year. Of course, he had to make things interesting by allowing a run, but he was able to close the 5-3 win and the series sweep.

heathsavethree.jpgComplete domination. I love that we were able to be at home and sweep the team that took two out of three in our opening series. We seriously dominated, and it was soo much fun to see!

I’d like to talk a little bit about how the NL West is shaping up so far. It’s actually been very interesting to watch all the teams in it, ’cause it’s been very different than the past few years have been.

The Giants have been on top since the season started. They’re 8-4 right now. In the middle, we have the Rockies, Dodgers, and the Padres all at 6-6. Arizona’s at the bottom with a record of 5-7. What has been really interesting to me is that the Dodgers have been matching the Padres almost exactly. 

I don’t know how the NL West is going to play out, but as always, it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the season.

I’m so proud of my boys. It was amazing what they were able to do this weekend, and I really really hope that they keep it going!

We’ll be playing the Giants for three games here at home. This could be a crucial series between the two teams. I’m really excited about my boys, and I hope that they are able to keep dominating.

GO PADRES!!  

Walk-Off Style!

I have a confession to make.

When the Padres were down by three in the fifth inning, I honestly didn’t think that we were going to win the game.

Oh me of little faith. The Padres proved me wrong, and I am very glad that they did.

Jon Garland started the game, but I am becoming more and more unimpressed with him. He’s really really slow and he seems to give up a lot of runs and walks. Last night, I guess you could say that he did okay. But he did get off the hook because we were able to win the game. He went five innings, allowing four hits and three runs with five walks, including the very first batter of the game and one with the bases loaded. Like, what on earth are you doing, right?

jongarrland.jpgNot impressed with this guy at all. He got a no-decision last night, but he’s got a nifty little ERA of 5.40 and has two losses. Whatever happened to the guy who was going to be an inning-eater for us? I’m not liking Jon Garland. He really needs to get things together ASAP.

So, the Diamondbacks got three runs in the top of the third. I didn’t think my boys would be able to come back from that. You want to know why? I think it was because of Thursday’s game. We got behind early and never came close to the Braves. Hey, it happened on Thursday, so why would things be different a day later?

But I forgot that every day is a new game. Just because things were one way in one game doesn’t mean that they’ll be the same in the next. And I shouldn’t have given up on my boys.

When I got up this morning, I thought, “Wouldn’t it just be so funny if the Padres actually won?” A few minutes later, I looked at the front page of the sports section, and sure enough, we actually won!

I don’t know what inning it was, but Chase Headley made a really bad error at third. Since I’m going to be showering him with praises later, I think I can rip into him a little. Or at least lament the departure of Kouz.

Kouz would have made that play. It was one of those that you just groan at as it slips past the fielder. Thankfully, Kyle Blanks was able to get to it and catch the runner at second. But still. That kind of hit should not be getting past our starting third baseman. Chase has definitely been shaky at third so far. He’s already got four errors. You know how many errors Kouz had last year in the entire season? Three. That’s right. In the ENTIRE season. Sigh. I want my boy back :(

So, strange as it seems, Chase has got a lot to live up to at San Diego’s third base. He’s in the shadow of an amazing fielder, who was honored by the Hall of Fame itself because of his stunning defense. And, I won’t approve of anything less than the caliber of Kouz at our third base. Chase is not going to get any praise from me about his defense, ’cause he’s got quite the shoes to fill. He’s still got to prove himself there.

Okay, enough ripping into Chase. I’d really like to praise Kyle Blanks now. Do you know what he did? He threw out two runners who were trying to stretch a single into a double. TWO!! That’s just so cool. And now people will be more hesitant to run wildly on our outfield. Great job, Kyle!!

In the bottom of the seventh, Nick Hundley grounded out to drive in our first run (finally). In the bottom of the eighth, Kyle Blanks walked with the bases loaded, which drove in our second run.

Then came the bottom of the ninth. One last chance for us to come back and win the game.

Nick Hundley started it off with a walk, then was sacrificed over to second by Jerry Hairston Jr. An out later, David Eckstein, who had three hits on the night, double Nick in to tie the game. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. That brought up Chase Headley.

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Walk-off three-run homer. So sweet.

Here’s the part where I get to shower Chase with praise. I do have to say, he really redeemed himself at the end there. It was a no-doubt-about-it, and I think everyone was really happy that the game was finished right there and then. I really hope that we don’t have to have too much of this extra inning stuff this year.

Chase has really been on fire with the bat all spring. Even in Spring Training he was doing great. I’m very glad to see that it’s carried over to the regular season. So far he’s batting a cool .381 with 16 hits. He’s definitely looking great at the plate, and I’m so thrilled at how well he’s doing. I still want Kouz though.

Well, how ’bout my boys? They fought back last night after being shut down for most of the game. They were able to pull off a huge win. Our record is now 4-6, but it’s early in the season. We’ve got a long way to go, starting tonight against the Diamondbacks.

Kevin Correia is starting against Kris Benson.

Let’s dominate.

GO PADRES!!!

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Not Going Too Well

Argh. Things are not going quite as planned. I know, I know, baseball is extremely unpredictable and it’s not like we can really plan where the Padres season is going to go, but this is still frustrating.

Try a 3-6 start. Sure, we’ve won three amazing games. But we’ve lost six horrible ones. We’ve yet to win a series for goodness sakes!! We lost our third in a row yesterday.

In thinking about this team, I came up with two things that are definitely wrong with this team right now: 1, the pitching. 2, the hitting.

1. Failfailfail pitching. That’s what we’ve got right now. With the first couple pitches of the game from Mat Latos, I thought he was actually going to be pretty good. But suddenly, he had thrown like 30 pitches and allowed a run already. Let me be the first to tell you, Mat, 4.2 innings and three runs is not going to cut it. 93 pitches, man? Oh dear.

ARGH!!! 

Later in the game, Mike Adams came in and gave up three runs. Thanks a lot, Mike. That really helps.

Sooo we eventually lost 6-2.

2. But guess what? We had many many many many opportunities to score some runs and maybe win the game. How ’bout this? We left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded at least twice.

We did get a solo home run from Will Venable, and an RBI double from Matt Stairs, but hey, the Braves got six runs and we got two. 

We need to hit a little more, boys. I would really appreciate it if you’d score some runs every once in a while too. Thank you. 

Did you know that we’ve only scored three runs since our 17-run outburst on Monday? That’s so horrible that it’s disgusting.

I guess I could blame in on the pitchers that we’ve been facing, but I have to say, these guys that we’ve been playing against have seemed like very solid pitchers. Even though I could place the blame on those pitchers, I don’t want to. My boys are the problem here. They’re the ones who need to find a way to get to any pitcher. They’re the ones who need to get the hits and score the runs and win the games. The opposing pitcher is not an excuse, and I will not be happy at all if my boys use that. No excuses. These hitters have a job to do, and right now, it’s not happening.

So, here’s what I want from this team, TONIGHT. No time to lose, guys. I want you to go out there and pitch really, really well. And I don’t mean like six innings two runs good. I want you to be impenetrable. Yes, I mean you, Jon Steven Garland. You’ve got an 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA. Please please pretty please be better than that. We seriously need a win here.

Hitters, you’ve got a job to do. Get on base. Knock in some runs. It’s pretty simple. Just go out there and do it.

Come on, boys. I know you’re better than this.

GO PADRES!!!  

17 For The Padres and Top 10 For Me

openingday2010.jpgYesterday was a great day for Padres fans and all of San Diego. It was Opening Day, it was raining (sort of), and it was so much fun that I could be laughing my head off right now if I really wanted to. Because my Padres, at Petco Park, that pitcher’s park as it’s so often called, scored 17 runs. 17. Yeah, you read that right.

The start of the season on the road wasn’t that great, and definitely not what I was expecting. But then, once we get home in front of a home crowd of 42,843, things really turned on. I think the boys were a little frustrated about their start and everything really came out yesterday.

To start it off, Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem and Phillip Rivers threw out the first pitch. I’ve heard a lot of theories that one or both of these people sparked out offensive bombing.

Then, as I talked about in yesterday’s entry, Kevin Correia went out there and threw amazingly solid. If he hadn’t been on his game like he was yesterday, things would not have been as pretty. But as it was, he was incredible. He threw 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs, two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Doesn’t look like much, but he was solid.

kcoropenignday.jpgTake a look at the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens’ numbers: He only lasted 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs!! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Going into the bottom of the fourth, we had already scored a run on a Nick Hundley single in the second. But in that fourth inning, things really clicked for the Padres as they sent the Braves’ pitchers down the drain.

nickhundleysingle.jpgIt all started with a Chase Headley double, a Will Venable single (then steal of second), and a Nick Hundley walk. I was very excited because we had bases loaded with NO outs, and we just had to get some runs in that inning. If only I’d known.

After that, T-Gwynn walked to drive in our second run. Up next was Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher, and guess what he did? He hit a two-run single!! I was laughing, it was so funny. I mean, you wouldn’t expect the pitcher to come up and actually help himself out, but that’s what happened!

kcortworundoubleopeningday.jpgA few batters later, Adrian hit a ground rule double to bring in yet another run. The Braves had seen enough, so they made a pitching change. Little good that would do.

Kyle Blanks doubled in two guys, and then Chase Headley singled in Kyle. Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Kevin Correia finally ended the inning by striking out. All in all, we scored ten runs and got seven hits in that fourth inning. And it was only the fourth inning!

venablehomeropeningday.jpgI could not believe what was happening there. It was just so amazing, and so unlike what I’ve been seeing for the last week!

In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer. It was about this time when I realized that Will Venable had had three hit so far in the game: a single, a triple, and a home run. And then I started getting really excited. Like breathing-hard-overwhelmed-with-excitedness excited. Like it could be actually possible that the Padres would get their first ever cycle.

Well, it didn’t happen. Turns out that both Will and Kyle were one hit away at the end, and neither of them got it. But that’s okay. I know (at least I’m hoping) that we will hit for a cycle someday. Even though it’s already been 40 years and it hasn’t happened. It will.

Even though they didn’t reach that goal, they both had incredible nights at the plate. Kyle Blanks had three hits and drove in five runs. Will had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored four runs. Other standouts in this game are David Eckstein, who had three hits, and Chase Headley and Nick Hundley, who each had two hits.

Overall, it was an incredible game. We were 10-for-17 with runners in scoring positon. And hey, we had 19 hits and 17 runs. IT WAS SUCH A SWEET GAME!!!

Another thing that was super exciting for me was when the Latest Leaders list for MLBlogs came out yesterday. I’m #10 on the list!!!

I’m sooooo excited!!! It was totally unexpected and completely uplifting. I’ve been blogging here for almost two years now, and the closest I’d ever been to the top of the list was #15. I’ve always been okay with wherever I was on the list, but it’s just really cool to know that people are reading my stuff and enjoying it too!

I know that I owe big thanks to a few people whose influence is definitely part of this ranking. Gaslamp Ball has been linking my entries on their blog for a while now, and I know that that’s helped me a lot. Thanks so much guys!! RJ’s Fro has also been linking by entries, and I know that that’s had a lot of influence too. I am so grateful to you guys! Thanks so much!!

Thank you also to websites that I’m not aware of who are linking my blog. It always excites me to discover you guys, and thanks so much! 

And a HUGE thank you to all my readers. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t even have a purpose for blogging here. Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today. I have a blast doing this, and I hope you love reading and I much as I love putting all this together. THANK YOU!!!!!

thanks.jpgThe Padres have an off-day in the middle of the series, which is a little odd, but I guess they deserve it after that amazing game yesterday. Man, we scored 17 runs!! So cool.

That’s my boys.

GOOOO PADRES!!! 

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