July 2011

We Won!!

This whole 2011 season for the San Diego Padres has been a downpour of depression, but once in a while, they surprise us and come out with a ray of sunshine.

Tonight’s game was one of those games where you get really excited about Padres baseball. I know that we won’t be able to keep it up for the rest of the season, but it’s really nice to have a game that you can be happy about.

Tim Stauffer threw a great game, and his offense actually helped him out this time. Stauff went six innings, only allowing four hits with four strikeouts. He got the win to even his record at 6-6.

We got two runs in the top of the first with two straight doubles, which started off the game on a great note. Then we added another run in the seventh on an error and the fourth run in the top of the ninth.

We had 11 hits in the game, which was great. Will Venable, Cameron Maybin, Ryan Ludwick and Orlando Hudson all had two hits each.

Such a good gameūüôā Like I said, I’m really happy about this game. Granted, we are playing the Marlins, but hey, a win is a win.

Aaron Harang is pitching tomorrow. Let’s get the series win!



Well, we’re back! The All-Star Game is over. Heath Bell went a little nuts, and Adrian hit a home run. Of course.

But now we’re back to reality, and that is the reality of your last-place San Diego Padres. No doubt about it, we deserve to be in last place, and our first game back from the All-Star Game was proof enough of that.

Here’s how the miserable thing went: Aaron Harang had a stellar outing of seven innings, five hit ball. We had a one-nothing lead until the top of the ninth, where Heath Bell blew the save and gave up a home run to Aubrey Huff. Aubrew Huff creeps me out, because I remember seeing his baseball card when I was like seven or eight. This guy has been around for a looong time.

So that home run stunk. Then of course we went into extra innings. And it all miserably ended when the Giants got five runs in the top of the 12th to win the game.


I don’t know what we’re going to do with ourselves. Especially now that it looks like the days are numbered for Heath and whoever else can get us a minor leage prospect. Who’s going to be our closer if we trade Heath? Luke Gregerson? He was the one who ruined the game for us in the 12th last night, thank you very much. Or maybe the front office thinks that we won’t need a closer anymore because we’ll never get to the point where it will actually matter to win a game in the ninth.

Oy. At least we have Trevor’s retirement ceremony to look forward to. I’m going to that, by the way. SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! I seriously think I’m going to completely break down and cry. Man, it’s going to be an amazing dayūüėÄ


Why I am not watching the All-Star Game…

I will not be watching the All-Star Game tonight by choice. I¬†am most definitely boycotting it. Naturally, since my family doesn’t get any channels on TV, I wouldn’t have been able to watch it anyway, but even if I did have the opportunity, I’m not going to watch it.

There are a lot of reasons, most of which you can read here: http://kaybee.mlblogs.com/2011/07/03/padres-shirked-in-all-star-game-again/¬†But it really boils down to one thing: what’s the point in watching?

I am a fan of baseball, and this is the mecca of baseball’s greatest players. But even more than that, I’m a Padres fan, and I find it really hard to be excited about anything baseball-related that isn’t very Padres related. If I do have the opportunity to watch TV and I run into a baseball game that isn’t the Padres, I’m not compelled to watch it. I might watch the Red Sox, but nothing attracts me to baseball more than the Padres do.

So, for me, watching the All-Star Game isn’t exciting because there’s only one Padres representative, Heath Bell. And we all know that he’s probably going to get to throw two pitches and¬†give up the AL game-winning grand slam to Adrian Gonzalez. That’s my prediction.

I have never liked the All-Star Game and probably never will. I just don’t understand why it’s in the middle of the season. It really doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, the whole thing just drives me nuts, and I think that it’s best for my health and well-being that I don’t watch the 500 Yankees players plus Adrian hit two gazillion home runs off Heath Bell and win the game. Yeah. Definitely a good idea.


Can’t Get Worse Than This

I am so sad about the Padres right now, like you wouldn’t believe.

We just lost 1-0 for the second day in a row to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But more than just a loss, we had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the ninth with two outs.

It seriously can’t get worse than this.

The Padres have never, ever had a no-hitter in the history of the club. To come that freaking close, and not get it…it’s heartbreaking.

Well, we probably wouldn’t have been able to keep it much longer anyway because we hadn’t scored any runs so it would have had to go into extras. But in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Luke Gregerson allowed a double and a single to lose the game.

We were one-hit ourselves. Cameron Maybin got that one hit.

But man, we can’t score a run. We lose by one stinking run. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a horrible second half.

But I’m a Padres fan forever. Even if we don’t win another game this season, I will still be a Padres fan.

Being a Padres fan isn’t easy. But it’s what I am. It’s what I do.

Congrats to Derek Jeter on getting his 3,000th hit. Even though I am not a Yankee fan (GO RED SOX!!), this guy is probably one of the best baseball players out there. So good job bud.

GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!

No Possible Way

I hate it when the Padres get the bases loaded. You know why? Because there’s an 100% chance that they aren’t going to get a run in, especially if it’s bases loaded with no outs.

It’s just pathetic!!! This game was sooo¬†heartbreaking. First of all, it was against the Dodgers. We can’t lose to the Dodgers because one, they’re our rivals, and two, they’re in last place instead of us and we do not want to go back there. Second of all, both pitchers threw¬†incredible games. Mat Latos¬†went 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and one run with six strikeouts. Chad Billingsley, who won the game, threw eights innings, only allowing four¬†hits and five walks.¬†He really shut us down, but Latos was on his game as well, which was really good to see.

The Dodgers scored their run in the bottom of the ninth off Mat Latos. Josh Spence came in to get the last two outs, and I think he’s been doing an amazing job. Spotless ERA so far and really got us out of that inning.

But then came the ninth. It looked so promising, but I should have known, I should have known that there was no possible way that my Padres could score one stinking run.

Cameron Maybin, lead-off double. Anthony Rizzo and Rob Johnson, both hit by the first pitches thrown to them. Bases loaded. No outs. Two consecutive strikeouts and a flyout leaves us right back where we started: in the land of patheticness.

I don’t know what to say to that. It gives me a headache just thinking about it, it’s so awful.

We left 11 runners on base. How did the team do with runners in scoring position? Oh, just 0-for-11. That’s all.

This is not our season, man. Here we are on the brink of the All-Star game, and 40-50, 10.5 games behind first place. I’d like to think that we’ll be seeing the team who won the past 10 out of 16 games, but I doubt it. I’d like to think that we’ll be seeing the team that beat Tim Lincecum and the Giants last Monday, but I doubt we will. I’m sure we’ll have beautiful spurts of winning like we just did, but it’s not going to get us anywhere.

But let’s beat the Dodgers anyway. Might as well.


Sweet Victory

Today was a great day for Padres baseball.

Entirely because we got the sweet victory of defeating Tim Lincecum and the Giants.

It all started in the top of the first where the Padres got three singles and a sacrifice fly to score two runs.

Clayton Richard started the game for the Padres and went just long enough to get the win, five innings with no runs allowed. Ernesto Frieri unfortunately allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Giants from 3-0 to 3-2. Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell also pitched, with no damage done until Heath made things very interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Overall, a very solid day on the pitching side.

Our offense wasn’t too shabby either. We had 11 hits in this game. Every player in the starting lineup had a hit, and Will¬†Venable¬†and Jason Barlett had two. Will hit a big¬†insurance-run homer in the top of the¬†ninth. ¬†

So we won, 5-3! It was so sweet. So so so sweet. Especially handing Lincecum¬†the loss, that was probably the best part. I mean, these guys have always kind of been our rivals since they’re in our division, but they instantly became hated in the eyes of Padres fans because of what happened last season. That was our division. We had the NL West all season, and the stupid Giants swooped in and stole in right out of our hands and went on the win the World Series. I hate the Giants.

This four-game series is pretty important. I’d say that we need to win it to have any hope for our season, from a game perspective and from a front office perspective.

Let’s do this.

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!!






Padres shirked in All-Star Game, again

I really cannot stand the All-Star game. It just bugs me so much. First of all, the Padres are severely cheated every year. Like the most players we ever get in there is two, while the stinkin’ Yankees get six this year. And we don’t even have two this year, only one player, ONE player repping the Padres. It’s pathetic.

I guess it doesn’t matter as much this year because we’re so horrible, but even last year when we were one of the best teams in the National League, we only had two players in the stupid game.

Also, I’ve never liked how all these players from rival teams have to come together and play together! I’m sure that the players are much more mature about it than I am, but as a fan, I cannot stand the idea of Heath having to go there and be civil with players from the Giants or Dodgers. That would stink!!

Think back to your high school days. Being in the All-Star game would be like having to play on the same team with players from your biggest rival school, the one that you and your whole school hated. It’s not cool.

I really think that the game would be much better at the end of the season. Even just for the fact that fans will be able to vote for players who really deserve those spots, not just based on the performance of a few months of playing time. I feel like there are many players who have amazing performances in the second half of the season, but never get any credit for it.

Point is, I do not like the All-Star game, and I probably will boycott it. We all know that’s just going to be a slugfest for the American League, anyway.


This time, the Padres’ pitching comes out on top

Tonight’s game was almost exactly what happened to the Padres last night, but with one tiny difference: we scored a run.

The starting pitcher for the Mariners, Doug Fister, threw nine innings, just like Jason Vargas did the night before. He allowed six hits, one run, and one walk with seven strikeouts. But it was that one walk that was the key to this game.

Cameron Maybin received that walk in the top of the fifth inning with one out. Apparently there were only three balls in that walk though, so the Padres really caught a break. But anyways, soon after, Alberto Gonzalez singled him in for our first and only run.

On the other side of the mound, Cory Luebke was outstanding for the Padres. He threw six innings, only allowing two hits with seven strikeouts. And those two hits were the only ones that the Mariners got in the entire game. It was fantastic!

Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell threw the last few innings after Cory and held the Mariners to absolutely nothing. Really solid game.

I’m so glad that the boys got the win tonight. Now hopefully we’ll be able to get the series win tomorrow!



Fantastic outing stifles Padres

Reason number one why you should not panic about tonight’s 6-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners: it was just the accuracy of their starting pitcher that kept us out of the game.

We did lose to the Mariners tonight, and though it’s a pity that we did, I’m not worried at all. Okay, I guess it is the Mariners and it isn’t surprising that we lost to them, but still. I think this whole winning thing is going to stick around for a while for the Padres.

Seattle’s Jason Vargas was literally dominant. He threw the whole game for goodness sakes, without giving up a run!! Really gotta give him credit for such an amazing outing. And hey, we’ve got Cory Luebke going for us tomorrow, so no problem.