Gem of a Performance

I was a little frustrated with my boys after that series against the Rockies, but it was nice to have an off-day and then get back out there on the field against the Astros. Last night’s game was incredible.

latosgem.jpgFirst of all, Mat Latos. This kid is a stud. He’s just amazing, and I have a feeling that he’s going to do great things for this organization in the future. He’s definitely got the makeup to be a number one starter someday soon. Last night, he threw eight innings, only allowing two hits. No runs, no walks, no nothing. He also struck out nine batters. If my memory is correct, I think that outing was the longest any of our starters have gone so far. Absolutely amazing.

And on top of that, he hit two doubles and drove in a run. He was on his game last night. Stunning performance by Mat Latos.

But Mat didn’t do everything himself. He had a lot of help from the rest of the lineup. Scott Hairston was in the leadoff spot for the first time, and guess what he did? He hit two home runs!! I love Scotty. He’s so valuable to this club, not just this year, but in 2007 and 2008 too.

scottyhomerr.jpg Chase Headley also hit a big two-run homer. Ryan Webb pitched the ninth, and we won the game 7-0.

We now have our first-place lead back, if only by half a game. But we’ll be okay. This team has proved to me over and over again that they are very capable of winning consistently. One bad game is not going to change that.

I’m so excited about these boys. They’re good. They’re solid. They’re winning and they’re going to keep doing that. I can’t wait to see what else this season holds.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!! 

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