When a baseball team is going as bad as the Padres are, you just have to have something to blame it all on.
I blame it on Brad Hawpe.
I guess it’s not entirely his fault, but everywhere I turn, he seems to be messing up here and there and helping us lose. It’s pretty frustrating.
In yesterday’s game, Mat Latos started and stunk. But of course, Hawpe helped out a lot. With two outs in the top of the second, he made a fielding error that cost us two runs right away, and then three more later in the inning. Way to go buddy.
Long, depressing story short, we lost 7-0. And yes, Brad Hawpe did ground into a double play to end the game.
I know that the whole team is in a bad slump, with the exception of most of the pitchers, but seriously. We need to get something going here. Of course, Tommy Hanson, who started the game for the Braves, had 10 strikeouts.
Right now, we have a collective team batting average of .208.We have struck out 213 times, which leads the majors. We also have the worst record in the majors at 9-16. We really, truly are detestable.
Well, we do have an off-day today, so maybe that will help things. Then we get to limp into LA and get creamed by the Dodgers. Can’t wait.
1. Congratuations to Brad Hawpe for going 2-for-5 with a double, a single, a flyout, a grounding into a double play, and then almost almost almost hitting a home run. You, sir, have raised your average to .125. Props.
2. Well, it took us 13 innings, but we got the bats going and got a huge win. Ryan Ludwick had a two-homer game, including the two-run game winner in the 13th. It was so great. Nick Hundley walked before that, and in the top of the 13th, Chris Denorfia made the catch of the year for the Padres out in right field. It was incredible. First of all, he made an outstanding catch, and then doubled off the runner at first. It was so great.
3. We had seven hits in the game and scored five runs, which I think is a huge improvement. It was only one game, but man, it was big. We needed this one a lot, and thankfully, we were able to get it with a bang.
I have never seen such a bad Padres team in my entire five-year Padres fan career. This is just awful. The guys have never looked so utterly hopeless at the plate. They literally look like they have no chance against anyone – ace or not.
We just got swept in four games to the Phillies. At home. For the first time that I remember. It’s bad enough that it was completely humiliating, but the fact that we had no chance, never even put up a fight, hurts a lot more.
Look, I understand that it’s early and that we’re going through a little slump. But currently, our entire everyday lineup is hitting pathetically. Not suprisingly, we are at the bottom of all Major League teams for batting average with the lovely .212.
And Brad Hawpe is now batting .098. AND HE’S IN THE STARTING LINEUP FOR TONIGHT’S GAME!!!!!!!!!
All I’ve got to say is, we’d better get our game on. We’d better get our bats going and score some runs already!
My relationship with the Padres is pretty odd. On one hand, I love them like crazy. They are my all-time favorite team. They always will be. I’ll never stop being a Padres fan, no matter what. But at the same time, they cause me a ton of pain. It’s not easy being a Padres fan. Not easy at all. But through all that, I’ll never abandon them.
As strange as it seems, I think this a really good analogy for real-life relationships. I believe that Hollywood is very deceptive in its message of “happily ever after” relationships. Those don’t exist. Anyone who’s been in a relationship knows that. Sure, there’s a lot of happiness in a solid relationship, but there will always be hard times and trials. There will always be times when you don’t feel like loving the other person. You may even feel like you’ve “fallen out of love” with the other person.
Those are the times when loving the other person really matters the most. That’s pretty much what relationships are all about. We’re all taught that relationships are just peachy, so when something goes wrong, we assume that we made the wrong choice and that we are released from pursuing the relationship. Not so. In reality, the strength of the relationship is revealed in the way that it reacts to hard times. It’s all about unconditional love.
That’s kind of how it is for me and the Padres. As a Die-Hard Fan, I am obligated to love them in the good times and the bad times. Just because they’re not doing so great does not mean that I am released from my fanhood. I’m stuck here. I have an obligation to stick with this team no matter what, and I am going to honor that. I’m not going to give up on my boys.
But the amazing thing is, all this is just a picture of something so much bigger. Long, long ago, at the beginning of time, God had a contract with man. Man was perfect, and he lived in perfect harmony with God. But then, man broke the contract at the Tree. He disobeyed God and ran and hid from Him. Sin had entered the world.
God then enacted a new contract with man. He said that He would send someone who save us. We couldn’t do it ourselves.
Every single one of us has fought against God. Even if you think that you are neutral to God, that in itself is a choice. We are all dead in our sin. We are all hopeless and helpless. We can’t keep our part of the contract. God asked us to be in an unconditional relationship with Him, but we can’t do it on our own. We’re too sinful, too selfish, too stubborn.
We needed help. We needed someone to bridge the gap between us and God. We needed someone to fulfill the side of the contract that we couldn’t. That person was Jesus, whose death and resurrection we are celebrating this weekend.
But it’s not just about His death and resurrection. It was the 30+ years before that that are also essential for us. He not only died for us, but He lived the perfect life for us. He lived the life that we couldn’t.
I know that we all wish we were perfect. A lot of us probably think that we’re basically good, but what we like to bury is the deep knowledge that we are absolutely broken. Most of us are really good at putting up a good face on the outside, but ultimately, we all know that we have no hope. We’re just wandering this earth with no purpose, no meaning.
That’s where Jesus steps in. He didn’t die for us because we had it all together. He died for us because we have absolutely nothing to show for ourselves. We try to scrape together some self-worth, but our hands come up empty. We bring nothing to the table but our utter ugliness.
We can’t keep up our side of the contract. But Jesus did that for us. So for me, Easter is a reminder of how helpless I am. And it’s an overwheming reminder of the grace that has been given to me.
I don’t deserve it. I know my heart. I reject God day after day, minute after minute, second after second. This verse of the song “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” gets me every time I hear it:
“Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom”
Why should I gain from His reward?? I cannot give an answer. It’s just amazing grace. Thank you Lord. Help me to live my life in gratitude to You.
I hope you all have a blessed Easter, and I hope that you too become overwhelmed with the amazing grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Not only is our hitting non-existent, but I’ve realized that our defense is really shoddy as well. We’ve had so many errors in the last week, and I’m sure many of them have led to game-winning runs.
Last night we played the Phillies at home, and it was really bad. Going into the ninth inning, we had three hits. Three total in the whole game. And the Phillies led 3-0. We did get a couple of runners on in the ninth (of course), but we didn’t get the clutch hit (of course).
I really don’t know what to say. We are in a horrible slump, and it’s really early. I don’t know if I should be settling in for a looooooong hard season or if I should keep hoping game after game that we will score some runs, at least. I’m used to cheering for a losing team, but that does not make it any easier.
One of the worst players on this team right now is Brad Hawpe. I’ve never, ever liked this guy. I couldn’t stand him when he was on the Rockies, especially because he was involved in Game 163. Then, he was so good that I couldn’t stand him. Now, he’s so bad that I want to storm into the Padres’ front office and make them release him. His average right now is the lovely .116. Buddy Black brilliantly stuck him in the game in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on and two outs. Did he honestly think that Brad would be able to like, get a hit? Drive in a run? Impossible! I would have taken my chances with Alberto Gonzalez.
Brad Hawpe has played in 16 games and he has five hits with two RBIs. Alberto Gonzalez had only played in 10 games and he has five hits with three RBIs. Alberto is hitting .238. I think the choice is obvious, but of course Buddy put in Hawpe, and he convieniently struck out to end the game. WAY TO GO, BRAD. WE REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.
I don’t know about this, guys. We are pretty pathetic right now. And *sob* we’re in the cellar of the NL West. I hate the cellar. We were never in the cellar at all last year, and it makes me really sad that we’re back down there in that dark, sad, depressing place.
Get it back together, boys. No matter what, I will always be a Padres fan. I’m going to cheer for these guys no matter what, but I would apprieciate a good win every once in a while, if you can muster that. Thanks.
Oh, yeah, and Happy Good Friday :)
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THAT IS ALL. I’M GOING TO GO CRY AND SCREAM NOW.
I think I’ve figured out what our problem is. For those of you who haven’t been watching the Padres, we are 4-6 in our last ten games, and we are in a serious slump right now. Ever since we won our opening series against the Cardinals, we have lost two series and split two more.
Last night, we lost the first of three games to the Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings. It was so bad! The only problem with this team right now is that we can’t hit. Like, at all. Sure, we do break out the bats like every three games, but the rest of the time, nothing’s going.
But the thing is, our pitching is fine. Our pitching is amazing! Tim Stauffer threw seven innings last night, only allowing four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. But he got zero run support.
Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson, and Chad Qualls also threw, but Qualls was the one who allowed the run for the Cubs’ win.
As of right now, we are completely out of it. Even if we were winning, the Colorado Rockies are on fire. They’re blowing away everyone in the division with a record of 12-4. The Giants are behind them with a record of 9-7 and three games behind. We are currently in fourth place and five games behind.
But I guess we’ll just have to see how the season goes. We’ve still got a ton of season left, and a lot can happen. But we’d better get our bats going ASAP!!!!
I went to the game last night, and I am not happy with how things are looking.
We seriously can’t hit, which is a huge problem!! It was so super frustrating. First of all, we had like one hit through most of the game. We only started hitting near the end of the game, when we really needed it, but we couldn’t come up with the big hit. It was so stupid. Our guys are just not doing well right now. We tied up the game in the eighth inning, which was great, but then we loaded the bases with minimal outs and couldn’t get that stupid one hit.
And then we need to talk about Cory Luebke. I know he’s new. I know he’s a kid. But when you come into the game with a 2-2 tie in the 11th inning, you’ve gotta keep yourself together. It was great, because he got two really quick outs when he came in. Then, something awful happened.
I don’t know if it was mental or physical or physiological or what, but he completely lost it. It didn’t make any sense. Suddenly, he gave up six runs. SIX!!!! In the 11th inning!!!! In a game that we should have had in the bag, but we completely failed. Ugh. It was so awful. Cory definitely needs to figure out what went wrong there, cause that was unacceptable. Single, double, walk, single, single, three-run home run, bam. We’re dead. It was so bad. Get your act together, Cory.
But, on the positive side, starter Clayton Richard had a great game. He was on fire. I was shocked. His strikes to balls ratio was ridiculous. He threw 76 strikes to 31 balls. It was crazy. In the first few innings, he literally had like one ball to 10, 20 strikes. I kept looking at the pitcher scoreboard and laughing. He was really on his game. He went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Okay, so here’s the thing: Ryan Ludwick and Brad Hawpe are actually pretty good fielders. Ryan made a couple of great plays in left field and Brad did the same at first. But neither one of them can hit! Usually I’m the one who believes in all the players, no matter how they’re doing, but when Hawpe was announced in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on, even I groaned. I knew there was no way he was going to be able to help us, and when he was replaced by Jorge Cantu, I rejoiced. Even though Cantu struck out swinging.
Speaking of the ninth inning, that was bad. We had the bases loaded and couldn’t get a run. Then in the 10th, we also had the bases loaded, and got nothing out of it.
Alberto Gonzalez, who we acquired a couple of weeks ago, has done really well for us so far. Last night he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a triple. It was great. He tripled and went for home when the ball sort of went crazy, but got thrown out. It was a pity. We really could have used that extra run.
So, the game stunk. We had the opportunities, but we couldn’t capitalize on them. This loss was entirely our fault. We had better get things going soon. Just saying, our bats needs to start up ASAP. Like today. Like right now.
Anyways, so the reason I was at Petco yesterday was because the Padres were hosting their first annual sports and entertainment career fair. It was okay. I did learn some stuff, but there were a serious amount of suits there and since I’m not yet a high school graduate, there weren’t really many job options for me. Tom Garfinkel’s speech was pretty good though.
As I was packing up after the game ended and was super upset about the stupidity of my team’s lack of hitting, the guys from Gaslamp Ball ran into me. It was really cool to see them and chat a bit. I was pretty upset at Cory at that point, and promised quite the rant about him, which you can find at the top of this post ^
We’ve got to get today’s game. We absolutely have to. We must win win win and for goodness sakes, get some clutch hits!!!!!!
Mat Latos is back, and though he wasn’t entirely on his game, at least he’s pitching. I think that’s a good start.
Mat went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Not to bad at all, but he did pile up the pitch count pretty quickly. He finished up with 94 pitches.
On the other side, Reds starter Edinson Volquez helped us out in the first inning. He was pretty erratic. He allowed two singles, then a walk, and then he hit Ryan Ludwick to drive in our first run. Brad Hawpe gave us a sacrifice fly for the second run.
The Reds pulled ahead in the fourth and fifth innings. Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
After Latos left, Ernesto Frieri came in to pitch. He threw 1.1 innings, only allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
We lost 3-2. It stunk. We just didn’t capitalize on the situations that we had.
Our hitting is still not looking that great. Not only that, but our baserunning was not helping us either. We had two people caught stealing, which easily killed some run-scoring opportunities.
Will Venable, leading off, went 2-for-3 with a run scored, which was great. But he also was one of the guys who got caught stealing.
We are now 4-5. I really hope we get things back together.
I’m going to tomorrow’s game, which I’m really excited about it. It’ll be a lot of fun to get out and to actually see how the team is doing myself. Hopefully they’ll give me a good game.
You know that hitting thing that I was talking about yesterday?
Well, my boys found their bats today in the third game against the Dodgers.
With the series already won by LA, we needed today’s game to avoid the sweep. The Dodgers started off with a run scored by T-Gwynn Jr. (of course) in the first. We didn’t score until the third inning, where we got an RBI single from Jorge Cantu.
Then Ryan Ludwick hit a huge solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 2-1. We kept the lead for the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the seventh, Cameron Maybin homered. It was sweet.
We won 7-2. Starting pitcher Aaron Harang got his second win. Nick Hundley was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.
It was such a good game! We really needed that win. And best of all, we were hitting really well!
I’m really excited about the boys. This next series against the Reds is going to be great. I’m going to the game on Tuesday…SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! I can’t wait to see my boys in person. I almost never get to see them live, so it’s going to be amazingly fun. Can’t wait!!