August 2011

Countdown to Trevor’s Ceremony: Introduction

For the next few days leading up to Trevor Hoffman’s Retirement Ceremony (August 21st, Petco Park, 12:30 p.m. Tickets at padres.com), I am going to be posting about my top favorite Trevor moments. Ones that impacted me personally, and ones that impacted the city of San Diego as a whole. Trevor Hoffman is one of my all-time favorite Padres, and I have so much admiration and respect for this guy. I’m beyond excited at the opportunity to be at his ceremony and really honor his incredible career.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first post about my favorite Trevor moments. I can’t wait.

GO TREVOR!!!

Mets top Padres in rubber game.

The Padres lost a three-game series to the Mets this afternoon, 7-3.

Despite an outstanding performance on all sides the night before (offense and pitching), the Padres weren’t able to pull through Wednesday, leaving Padres fans wondering if the season of losing would ever end.

Starter Mat Latos was solid, only making one big mistake. He threw six innings, allowing three runs with six strikeouts. All three runs came on a three-run homer to Mets third baseman David Wright in the third inning. (Wow, that’s a lot of threes.) Unfortunately, his offense wasn’t able to back him up and he got the loss, his 12th of the year.

The Padres only got three runs in the game, with two of them coming in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Hundley doubled in Aaron Cunningham with no outs, and then Alberto Gonzalez doubled in Hundley right before Jason Bartlett struck out to end the game.

But the Mets had no such problem. Angel Pagan, leading off in the lineup, had two hits and three RBIs. That, coupled with Wright’s bomb and Willie Harris’ RBI single in the eighth gave New York more than enough to win the game.  

Padres fans know that the team isn’t going to go anywhere, at least not this season, but it would always be nice to have some good games during the last few months of the season, like Tuesday’s 6-1 win. But a series like this shows why the Padres are 15 games out of first place: even if they are able to have a solid game, they aren’t able to carry that momentum even to a game the very next day. Consistency, momentum, whatever you want to call it, the Padres don’t have it. And that’s why they are stuck in the cellar of the NL West.

The Padres will host the Florida Marlins for the next four games over the weekend, leading up to Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony before the game on Sunday. You won’t want to miss it.

GO PADRES!!!!!!

 

Looking Up

Last night’s game was a great one for the San Diego Padres.

We had 15 hits, which is rare. But it was so much fun to watch! Nick Hundley, who recently came off the disabled list, had three hits, two triples and a double. Two triples!! It was so great.

Then Logan Forsythe, Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, Orlando Hudson and Alberto Gonzalez had two hits each. Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer in the seventh.

We actually got the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, and kept that lead for the rest of the game. The Mets were able to get one run in the top of the fourth, but we added one run in the bottom of that inning, two runs in the seventh, and one run in the eighth.

Cory Luebke, who started the game, threw very, very well. He had a no-hitter through 3.2 innings. He ended up only giving up three hits on one run with five strikeouts. What an outing!

In relief, Chad Qualls allowed the Mets’ only other hit in the game. Luke Gregerson and Erik Hamren threw the eighth and ninth with no problems.

It was a really good 6-1 win. We had some really solid hitting, really solid pitching. It was great to see.

 Guess what? Trevor Hoffman day is only a few days away!!!! I am sooooo excited. But I’m going to cry so bad. Just the sound of Hell’s Bells makes me freak out, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a mess on Sunday. But that’s okay. Trevor Hoffman is my all-time favorite Padre (besides Kevin Kouzmanoff), but more than that, he’s one of the all-time favorite Padres in San Diego. I have so much admiration and respect for Trevor, I could go on and on about how much this guy means to me.

I’m just so happy that this retirement ceremony is happening. There was a time just a few years ago where I thought Trevor and the Padres would never be on speaking terms again. Those were some bad days. But I’m so, so, thankful that we have new leaders in the front office, people who respect Trevor and all he means to San Diego, people who will give him an amazing ceremony to honor his incredible career. It’s going to be a great day to be a Padres fan.

GO PADRES!!!!!

Epic Fails

The Padres have had a bad past two days.

Last night, we had a 8-6 lead when Heath Bell came in to get the save but instead gave up three singles, two wild pitches, and three runs to give the Mets a 9-8 come-from-behind walk-off win.

 

Then, tonight, Chad Qualls gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, and then Josh Spence gave up two runs to give the Mets a 5-4 lead and win.

Usually, our bullpen isn’t like this. And two fails two nights in a row? Unheard of.

Hopefully they can pull it back together for the last game of the series. Let’s not get swept!

GO PADRES!!

SWEEP!!

Well, what do you know.

Your San Diego Padres have won three games in a row, and they didn’t hold anything back.

We scored 35 runs. Had 40 hits. Hit five home runs, including two grand slams.

This is not the Padres we’re used to, but man, did I enjoy this weekend. It’s really great for us, but we do feel for the Pirates, since we’ve experienced so much of their pain, like the Union-Tribune article was talking about. Today we gave the Pirates their 10th straight loss. Ouch.

One thing I was really excited about today was Mat Latos’ outing. He did really well! He went seven solid innings, only allowing two runs on four hits, and those runs didn’t come until the bottom of the eighth. He also had seven strikeouts and got the win. Way to go, Mat!!

Former Padre Kevin Correia actually started for the Pirates, which I thought was funny. He only went 5.2 innings and got the loss. HA!

The sweep was a great victory, but we had a lot of bad news this week on the injury side. Chris Denorfia was put on the DL with a strained hamstring, which is really sad. Here’s a great video that shows us many reasons why losing Chris is so bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCCKEsNMomA 

Also, Chase Headley is going to be out for a few weeks with fractured left little finger. Not good. Not good…at all.

We go to New York to play the Mets next. Tim Stauffer is starting tomorrow night.

GO PADRES!!!

Where did that come from??

It’s a game like last night’s that makes you feel great being a Padres fan.

But if you are a Padres fan, you know that in all likelihood, the Padres won’t be able to live up to what they did last night the next day, but it still feels good.

Yesterday, we won 15-5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. We had four home runs, including a grand slam by Chase Headley. I remember years ago when Khalil Greene hit a grand slam at PNC Park. That was pretty great.

But what this game really told me was that we would be so much better if we didn’t play in Petco Park so much. I know this is an old, old subject, but last night was enough to convince me. We went nuts last night, hit four home runs, had 15 hits, and scored 15 runs. You won’t see that at Petco anytime soon.

Kyle Blanks and Aaron Cunningham each hit a solo home run. Jesus Guzman hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth. He also went 2-for-5 and raised his average to .360. I’m really, really liking this guy.

Will Venable and Cameron Maybin each had two hits. Everyone else was pretty exceptional too, and hey, we won the game by ten runs.

Hopefully, we will be able to carry on the momentum to today’s game. But it’s my fear that they will just let us down today and get no-hit or something.

Let’s hope that’s not the case.

GO PADRES!!!

We got one!

We won tonight! Yay! We beat the Dodgers, 3-0. Tim Stauffer, who has been great all season, threw another amazing outing and got the win for the Padres.

He went six innings, allowing six hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Then, the relieving group of Josh Spence, Chad Qualls and Heath Bell didn’t allow any more hits or runs. Man, when our pitching is really on, it’s really on. I love those games where everyone is shutting down everyone. So great.

Jason Bartlett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth for our first run of the game. Then Aaron Cunningham scored on an error in the seventh. Finally, Jesus Guzman, who has been incredible lately, singled in Bartlett for our third run.

Man, talk about Guzman. He’s hitting .337 right now, and he’s really contributed a TON. Ryan Ludwick’s replacement, at least offensively? Maybe…

We now get to play the Pirates, who, coincidentally, we just traded Ludwick to. That’ll be interesting. 

GO PADRES!!! 

Goodbye, Mike Adams

(North County Times)

What a shocker. The Padres totally surprised us near the end of the trade deadline by not trading Heath Bell, but another person in the bullpen who I hadn’t even heard any trade rumors before.

Mike Adams got traded to the Texas Rangers yesterday for two Double-A pitchers. Not entirely what we needed, but whatever. I was literally convinced that Heath was going to be traded. I think everyone in San Diego, including Adams and Heath himself, thought that he was going to get traded. But nooooo. The Padres just had to go and pull a fast one on us. So tricky.

I am glad to still have Heath with us. He’s such a great guy, and though he does give us a lot of heart attacks, it’s fun to have him as our closer. I know it probably won’t last, since he’s going to be a free agent at the end of the season, but you never know…

Ryan Ludwick also got traded. He went to the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations. I would rather get a player. Then he might be able to help us out a bit. “Cash considerations” has always seemed pretty funny to me. It kind of sounds like what slavery used to be, like you’re buying the player. Weird.

But anyway, that was an interesting weekend. On the playing side, not much has changed. We’re still losing consistently. We’re still in the cellar.

But Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony!!!!! Definitely something to look forward too. Except now it’s been moved to pre-game instead of post-game. A little weird, but it’ll still be amazing. I’m soooooo excited :D :D

GO PADRES!!!!!!! BEAT LA!!!!!!!!!

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