Last night’s game was a blast to be a part of. The Padres are going through a very essential time right now: it’s about two months into the season, and the fans still aren’t sure if this team is for real yet. The too-good-to-be-true pitching is coming back down the earth, and the offense is really slowing down. This series is essential: are the Padres going to be able to turn on the pitching and the offense, or are they going to lose their first-place lead?
Last night’s game was not encouraging. All week, the offense has been pretty slow. In the Cardinals series we scored six runs. Last night was a blast just because I got to be there to cheer for my boys, but it was really frustrating at the same time.
Ever since before the season started, I decided that I would just take this season one game at a time. I decided that I wouldn’t make predictions about what my boys were going to do, and I wouldn’t say if we were going to win the NL West or hang out in the cellar all season. I didn’t do those things because honestly, I had no idea what this team was going to do. I didn’t know if we were going to be bad or good. I didn’t have a clue.
There was a really interesting column in the Union-Tribune about the fact that Padres fans still aren’t sure about this team. That’s okay. I’m not sure about them either. I’m definitely keeping the faith, but just like at the beginning of the season, I have no idea where they’re going to go right now.
Last night I saw some things that really worried me. Mainly, it was the offense. We did score three runs, but we left eight runners on base. When we were down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, we got the bases loaded with no outs. But the Nationals were able to get out of the inning only allowing one run. I’m sorry, but that’s unacceptable. If we’re going to go to the trouble to load the bases in the ninth, with NO OUTS, we absolutely need to get more than one run out of that. Besides that, we had plenty of other chances to get runs earlier in the game. We shouldn’t even have to go into the bottom of the ninth! I don’t know what else to say. We’ve just got to get the job done.
I was pretty pleased with Clayton Richard’s start. He went seven innings, allowing four runs, including two home runs. I feel like those two homers were his only mistakes. But let me tell you, that first three-run homer was a killer. It definitely set the mood for the rest of the game.
One thing that I noticed about Clayton was that he got a lot of short grounders. Maybe it was just me, but he seemed to be going for balls that were hit really close to him a lot. He did make a few good plays, but he missed a lot of them. Another thing I noticed is that the name “Clayton” is really hard to scream. Anyways, I think that Richard was very solid.
Yorvit Torrealba had a great night, getting three hits. David Eckstein, Oscar Salazar, and Chris Denorfia each had two hits. Denorfia also drove in two runs. I was impressed with him.
What I was not impressed with was Ryan Webb pitching the top of the ninth. I guess he couldn’t really help it, but he allowed an insurance run that pretty much killed our game. I mean, at 4-2, we had a huge chance of coming back in the bottom of the ninth, but 5-2? Not cool at all.
It was a frustrating game, but you know what, it’s okay. I’m pretty sure that we’ll get the next two games. I think the offense should come back. And I really hope that the pitching will be okay.
Last night, as I watched these boys load the bases in the ninth, I really, truly believed in them. No matter what anyone wants to think, these boys are legit. This long first-place reign is not a hoax. These San Diego Padres are for real.
The crowd was okay last night. There was about 23,000 out there on a Friday night. But there were a lot of empty spaces. Too many. I would really encourage people to go out to Petco to take in a game. Like I said, this team is for real. I think it would be great for the team to get some big support from their fans.
Though we were a small crowd, we really turned it up in that ninth inning. We all believed in our boys, and it was so much fun to be a part of an enthusiastic crowd. I love it when we’re all cheering super loud without prompt from the scoreboard. I know that for my part, I screamed my lungs out, especially in that last inning. My throat is really sore today, but it was so worth it.
I had a great, great time out there. Obviously, it would have been even better to have a win, but it was okay. It was still great to go out there and support my boys. Lately, my fanhood had been a little disconnected, but I think it’s been recharged. I love these boys, and they’re doing great. They’re making San Diego proud. I can’t wait to listen to tonight’s game and hopefully listen to a big win!
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
The Kevin Kouzmanoff jersey is laid out, the Sharpies are lined up, the camera is charged, and the tickets are ready to go.
Yes, sir, today is a very special day because I am going to my first Padres game of the year. I’M SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!
Going out to the ballpark is a very special thing. Baseball is a great game, and can be enjoyed in any form, but hands down the best way to experience it is at the ballpark. There’s nothing like being right there, watching the action unfold in front of your eyes. I’ll have to check, but I think this will be my 14th or 15th game that I’ve ever been too. Each one has many, many memories: not just of the amazing baseball that I’ve seen, but also interacting with friends and fellow fans there. There is nothing like it.
I’m really excited to get autographs and watch some great baseball. I know that yesterday’s game was not so great, but today’s a new day and I think we’ll do wonderful. Plus, there’s the fact that in the five games I attended last year, my boys won each one of them. I have a feeling that that streak’s going to keep going into this year ;)
I get to go to the game with one of my closest friends, and we’re planning to eat lots of candy and get super hyper. I always get totally hyper when I’m at the ballpark anyway, but add the sugar factor and it’s going to be a crazy night!
I’m also really excited to see how different things are from last year. I’m thrilled that I get to pick up my first copy of the Padres Blueprint. I’m really, really sad that the 5-for-$5 deal is no longer going, though. 5-for-$5, you will be sorely missed. – Moment of silence –
It’s going to be a GREAT night out at the ballpark. Two and a half hours until we leave and counting…
Let’s get a win, boys.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!
The past two games have been AMAZING. I knew that we would have to fight pretty hard to beat these Cardinals, but it actually hasn’t been too bad at all.
In the first game of the series, we scored our first and only run in the bottom of the second on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s first home run of the season. Jon Garland was amazing, going seven inning and allowing no runs. Mike Adams took an inning, and then Heath Bell made things extremely stressing again, but we pulled off the 1-0 win.
Then last night was crazy! But let me just say, both Kevin Correia and Jaime Garcia pitched amazingly. They both went six innings, allowing no runs. I was really pleased about K-Cor’s outing because his last two have been pretty shaky. I think it’s safe to say that he’s back and he’s on his game. Last night’s effort was great.
On the offensive side, things were horribly slow. We didn’t get our first run until the bottom of the eighth, when Matt Stairs doubled in Adrian.
We handed our narrow lead to Heath Bell in the top of the ninth, which turned out to be a not-so-good idea. I know that Heath’s our closer and all, but he makes me sooooo nervous, and if I was Buddy Black, I would not have trusted him with that lead.
I know that all closers blow one every once in a while…but still.
Last night Heath came very, very close to getting himself out of the mess that he had got himself into in the first place. In every single save opportunity, he always allows baserunners. He lets things get too close. He’s gotta learn that that’s just not going to cut it. He keeps being such a daredevil and this time it really came back to bite him. He blew the save, allowed the tying run (though he didn’t really have any help from his defense), and sent us into extra innings.
Extra innings. Personally, they annoy me like crazy because then that means I have to stay up later and later. Last night I listened to the tenth, but then just went to bed. So it wasn’t until this morning that I found out how the game ended, but I’m so glad that we won!
In the bottom of the 13th, with two outs, Jerry Hairston hit the first pitch he saw right out of the park for a walk-off home run. So cool!!!
Obviously, it was really great to win the series, and against the Cardinals too! I was kind of apprehensive going into this series because I knew that we had always been dominated by the Cardinals. But this has been pretty easy. I thought we would be having a slugfest going here or something, but St. Louis has only scored one run in 21.5 innings. HAHAHAHA!
It feels really good to be winning against a team like this.
And we’ve still got our first-place lead! Plus, we’re going for a sweep today. Things are looking good in Padres baseball.
Kevin Kouzmanoff has been gone from the Padres for about four months. I haven’t really dedicated an entry to him at all since the season started, so I’d like to update you all on how he’s been doing over with the A’s.
First of all, I really miss him. I think I would probably miss him even more if my Padres weren’t doing so well. I mean, if we were down in the cellar, I would be a lot more upset. So far, the Padres have been playing so well that I haven’t really had time to think about my baby. But I still miss him like crazy.
On Friday, I’m going to my first game of the year, which also marks my first Padres game since Kouz got traded. It’s going to be very sad not to have him there. I LOVE going to games, but I was always extra excited about it because I would get to see Kouz. It’s going to be very sad without him there.
Kouz has been doing very well with Oakland. I’m just really glad that he didn’t leave and then completely bomb like some other people who left San Diego did (*cough Trevor and Jake cough*).
Right now he’s hitting .265 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. But on the defensive side, he already has four errors. Last year he had three total. I think he’s really provided a lot to Oakland, and for that I’m thankful.
I think I would also miss him a lot more if Chase was a total bust at third for us. But as it is, he’s been pretty decent, and I’m thankful for that too.
I do miss him a lot though. It’s so sad that he had to leave. But no matter what, this dude will always be my number one favorite baseball player. I’m going to be out there on Friday night with my special Kouzmanoff jersey, and maybe I’ll even break out a picture of Kouz to put on my sleeve. I know that it’s going to be a special night. Since we’re playing against the Nationals, I’m really hoping that we’ll get a big win. The Nationals actually aren’t doing too bad this season, but still.
But first, we’ve got the Cardinals to deal with. I think this is going to be a huge series. By the way, I’m really really glad that we were able to come back and win the series over the weekend over the Mariners. We like NEVER win a series against the Mariners, or any Interleague games for that matter, so I was really, really glad we were able to get that. Plus, we got our one-run first-place lead back, so we’re good. But the Cards are going to be an extremely tough team to beat. I think. Looking at the records alone, we are actually very close. It’s going to be a very well-matched series, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top. Hopefully, it will be my Padres!
I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great week of Padres baseball.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
You know, the Padres have gone 40 years without any player hitting for the cycle. But for some reason, I think that’s finally going to be fulfilled very soon. We’ve come very, very close multiple times this season already. I’d say that we’ve been one hit away three or four times. It’s going to happen. Last night, Will Venable put on quite the show. Even though he didn’t hit for the cycle, it was still an impressive performance.
Will was in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, and I think that’s a good spot for him to be. He went 4-for-5 last night, with a single, two doubles, a triple, and a walk. He also scored four runs. Pretty amazing. He was just a home run away! Huge game for him.
Another person who had a huge game was Adrian Gonzalez. He drove in a career-high six runs, including a massive three-run homer.
I think this is going to be a game that we’ll remember for a long time. Not really for anything too huge, but there were just so many interesting aspects of it. First of all, it was another battle for our first-place lead. With LA’s nine-game winning streak or whatever, they’ve really gotten into this race. Now it’s not just SanFran we’re going to have to worry about. Like I’ve said before, my boys are not sitting comfortably on top of the NL West. This thing is a fight, and we have to keep pushing to keep this lead.
Second of all, this game was ridiculously long. I’m sure it didn’t help that we had scored eight runs before the fifth inning, and that Jon Garland was pitching. The guy’s a good pitcher and all, but my goodness, somebody really needs to speed him up. As it is, he only went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. But then again, Ramon Ortiz only went 3.1 innings.
Third, it was overall a great offensive game for the whole team. Sure, we have Adrian and Will as standouts, but the whole lineup really contributed. We had 10 runs and 14 hits. Notable is the top of the lineup: Will, four hits; Eck, two hits; Adrian, three hits. Chase Headley hit a solo home run.
At the same time, though, we left a ton of runners on base. We could have been well on our way to 20 runs, but we left 13 runners on base. We were only 7-for-22 with runners in scoring position! That was something that was a little frustrating, but we did take a little advantage. We got two runs in the top of the ninth after not scoring since the fourth inning.
One person on this team I am really frustrated with right now is Edward Mujica. I mean, he hasn’t been horrible, but he has been giving up a few runs here and there. I don’t like it.
Luke Gregerson and Ryan Webb had perfect one-inning outings, which was good. I was really glad that we got those two runs in the top of the ninth so that Heath wouldn’t have to pitch.
It was an amazing game. It’s always great to beat the Dodgers, and it was cool to break their winning streak, since they were so rude as to break ours over the weekend. I really hope that we’ll be able to get the little sweep tonight.
So I’d like to talk about Trevor Hoffman a little. A couple nights ago, he blew his fifth save of the year in 10 chances. That is not good at all. I’m worried about him. He’s usually a lot better than this. I mean, like he said, it’s not like he was throwing 90 last year and now he’s down to 80. He wasn’t completely solid last year, but he closed down games. I’d like to say that he’s not doing so well because he left San Diego, but I know that even if he did come back here, he would probably be throwing the same way. But whatever happens, he can’t retire yet, and he doesn’t want to do that either. He’s just a little off right now (okay, a lot) and the Brewers are going to give him a break for a couple games. We love you, Trevor!
Tonight the Padres are playing the Dodgers again. Kevin Correia is going against Clayton Kershaw. We haven’t done that well agaisnt Kershaw this season, but the past is the past.
Let’s get ‘em, boys.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
We won an absolutely great game last night! I was very relieved that we didn’t continue that atrocious thing they were doing over the weekend (*cough losing cough*). Not only did we win the game, but we got a little more breathing room in our NL West lead!
Clayton Richard threw seven solid innings: three hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts. Great, great outing.
Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth homer of the season. Chase Headley singled in a run. And guess what Kyle Blanks did for us? He got hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. Beautiful, Blanksie. Hey, if he can’t do anything with the bat, might as well do whatever he can.
Chase and David Eckstein had two hits each on the night. Mike Adams and Heath Bell had good outings, but they both had to work themselves out of some jams that they got themselves into in the first place.
There were a lot of big things about this game, but another one of them was that we have now won seven games against the Giants this season…out of seven games. YES! That’s what I call complete domination!! Let’s make it eight tonight.
Speaking of tonight, Mat Latos is pitching. AHHHHH!! This guy is seriously becoming one of my favorites. He’s young, he’s cute, not to mention that he’s an AMAZING pitcher! Last week’s outing was sooo cool, I can’t wait to see what’s he’s going to do for an encore. It’s going to be goood.
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I am sooo bummed about this weekend. Not even funny. It’s pretty sad that we lost three games in a row, but against the Dodgers too? Argh.
It was a horrible series!!! The only positive I think of is like, Wade LeBlanc yesterday. He only allowed one run in seven innings. It was a great outing. But we lost the game 1-0. The night before we lost the game 4-1. The day before that was 4-3. It was an awful awful awful series.
I wouldn’t say that it was all the pitching’s fault. Maybe on Friday it was. But Kevin Correia was amazing on Saturday. Sure, he allowed four runs, but his offense wasn’t there for him. That game was unbelievable. As I sat there and watched Gameday, there was a feeling just totally overwhelming me that there was no possible way that we could come close to winning that game. It was the worst feeling ever. I tried keeping the faith, but the offense was giving me nothing. It was unbelievable.
After that amazing sweep of the Giants and that amazing outing by Mat Latos on Wednesday, I think we expected a lot more from this team. I have no idea what could have possibly happened in a matter of hours, but the team that came out there on Friday night was not the same team we saw a few days before. It was crazy.
Did you know that we had never lost three games in a row all season before yesterday? We’ve been amazing. The Dodgers have been not so amazing. Why were our roles reversed this weekend? It just doesn’t make any sense.
We are still hanging on by a thread to our first place lead, half a game. If we hadn’t swept the Giants earlier in the week, we would have lost that lead. I’m thankful that we still have it, but we’re walking on very precarious ground. We’ve got to get right back on our horse now. And guess what, we’ve got perfect timing here: we’re playing the Giants for two games here at Petco.
We were able to beat them at ATT&T, so we’ll be able to beat them at home…right? Right?
Gameplan: forget about the Dodgers series like, right now. Erase it from the memory. Focus on beating the Giants. Be thankful that we’re not facing Timmy, but hope that the Giants are scared that they have to face Mat Latos again. Let’s get this.
Come on, boys. I know you’re better than this.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!
HAVE YOU LOOKED AT OUR RECORD LATELY???
For some reason, I haven’t thought to look at it for a really long time. So when I finally noticed it this morning, I was shocked. We’re 21-12!!!! How amazing is that? That’s soooo cool!!!
The first game of this series against the Giants went pretty well. We did leave a ton of runners on base, which was not good, but thankfully the pitching was amazingly solid and we were able to win the game 3-2. That gave us a 1 1/2 game lead over the Giants.
Then last night, Clayton Richard went out there against Matt Cain. Someone said something on the postgame show last night that made me laugh. I think he said something to the effect that we knew we were going to have a tough time going up against Cain. Are you kidding me? We’ve always dominated this guy, especially at Petco. He’s no problem for us at all. I’m very thankful that we don’t have to face Tim Lincecum in this series, but even if we had to, I have absolutely no doubt that we would be able to win that game against him.
I mean, we really threw Cain off of his game. He threw 114 pitches in 6.2 innings, and only 65 of those pitches were strikes.
Meanwhile, Clayton threw seven innings of seven-hit two-run ball. Matt Cain walked six. Clayton walked two.
In the top of the second, we got two runs: Yorvit Torrealba singled in a run, and then Clayton hit a sac-fly.
The Giants got those runs right back in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fourth, Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled in a run. Torrealba drove in another run in the sixth, and Scotty sac-flied our fifth run in the seventh.
Mike Adams took an inning, and then Heath Bell came in to get his tenth save of the season. We won the game 5-2, which means that we won the series, which means that we’ve extended our lead over the Giants to 2 1/2 games.
Like I said, this was a must-win series, and what do you know, we’ve won it. Amazing effort by these guys. They’re amazing!!
We stole four bases last night, which extended our season total to 44. Still leading the Major Leagues. On that note, did you know that our 21-12 record is the best in the National League? Pretty amazing.
It is so much fun to watch this team! We’ve been on this roll for quite a while, and I’m starting to think that it’s going to last. I mean, who knows, we’ve got a ton of season left. But can you blame me if I’m starting to think about October already?
Okay, I’ll try to keep those thoughts down for now. We do have a long way to go, and a lot can happen in that time. Let’s just enjoy this amazing time here and now. Take it one game at a time.
WE’RE NUMBER ONE!!!
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My Padres are going into a HUGE series today.
It’s against the Giants.
It’s going to be a battle for first place in the NL West.
I think the timing of this series is amazing. My boys have been in first place for quite a while now, but it hasn’t been easy to hold at all. Those Giants have been chasing after us relentlessly. Now they have a chance to catch up.
This isn’t the first time we’ve faced San Francisco this season (we swept them the first time), but for some reason, this series seems so much bigger and full of meaning. Maybe it’s because we’re going into their home turf. Maybe it’s simply because this is a match-up between two amazingly solid teams.
I honestly can’t say which team I think is going to win this series. Obviously, I want my boys to win, and I think we have a chance to, but the Giants’ chances are equal.
I think that this series will have an atmosphere like Padres-Dodgers. Know what I mean? The Giants are obviously a threat to us, and I don’t think any Padres fans are really psyched to have to face these guys. They might take our first-place lead away from us!!
But hopefully that won’t happen. I have a feeling that each game is going to be a battle. May the best team win.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!