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MISSING: Clutch Hits

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!!!!!!

GO PADRES!!!! 
 

The Return of Latos

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.

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

 

Back on Track

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!!

GO PADRES!!!!

What a Mess…

We are not hitting.

That, my friends, is not good.

We just lost two games to the Dodgers in which we had a total of 15 hits with two runs.

It is not good.

If we hit the slump later in the season, we’d be okay. But slumping this early in the season? It’s nothing but bad news. 

You gotta start out hot. We sort of did, and I guess we still might be. But I do have to say that the past two games are worrying me a bit.

Friday’s game was a disaster. It had like four rain delays, and the game was finally postponed to Saturday. Then, of all people, Tony Gwynn Jr., who is now on the Dodgers, drove in the tie-breaking run. I seriously can’t believe it. I got a horrible feeling when I heard T-Gwynn announced in the 11th that he was going to do something big against us. Just like the end of the season in 2007. Man. I think I liked him better when he was playing for us.

This whole series is just turning out to be a nightmare. Saturday’s game stunk because we were shutout the whole thing. The Dodgers took it 4-0. It was so sad because of course, we rallied in the bottom of the ninth with single, single, walk with two outs. But then Cam Maybin hit a ball right to the third baseman, and Chase Headley ran into the third baseman for the final out. Way to go Chase.

So now the Dodgers have won the series. Last night/today’s game definitely has messed us up. Blech.

I hope that we can find our bats again soon. We need them. At least Mat Latos is coming back on Monday.

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

Stifled by Lincecum

Yesterday’s game did not go well, and it was for one reason and one reason only: Tim Lincecum.

That guy is so weird, but man, he’s effective. He completely held us down. He threw seven innings, only allowing one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts. We had no chance.

Coincidentally, the person we did get to was closer Brian Wilson in the bottom of the ninth. I guess he gets an excuse because he literally just got off the disabled list, but still.

With one out, Alberto Gonzalez singled and Orlando Hudson walked. Brad Hawpe finally got his first hit as a Padre with a RBI single. After a pitching change, Chase Headley doubled in Hudson and Hawpe. That was our rally. We kind of ended the game with the bases loaded, which stinks. It was good that we did rally a little, but it’s always such a letdown when you could have done more. Oh well.

So, we lost to the Giants 8-4. It was okay because it was only a two-game series, so we got the split. Let’s just hope that we never have to face Lincecum again this season.

Nick Hundley hit a huge home run against Lincecum. That guy has been soooo hot. He didn’t get hits in his other two at-bats, though, bringing down his average to .500. Ha. In comparison, the rest of yesterday’s starting lineup was batting under .200 except for Chase Headley who brought his average up in the game when he went 2-for-4.

Tim Stauffer didn’t do so great. He went only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Then each and every one of the next five relievers except Chad Qualls allowed at least one run. Sigh.

Today the MLBlogs.com Latest Leaders for the month of March came out. This blog is #5!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much. This is my fifth season of being a Padres fan, and the start of my third season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. Wow, it’s crazy how fast time goes by! Looking forward to an excellent season of Padres baseball :) 

Well, now we get to face the Dodgers for three games this weekend. That’s going to be super fun. Hopefully we can get at least two out of three.

GO PADRES!!!

A Tribute to Trevor

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On January 13, 2009, I wrote a tribute to Trevor Hoffman that I considered to be one of the best things I ever wrote. I actually wrote a ton of tributes. I don’t know how many of my readers from then are still around now, but for those of you who were, I’m sure you remember how upset I was that Trevor got kicked out by the front office. In fact, you even established a support group for me.

Then, things looked pretty hopeless. Trevor left and signed with the Brewers. The Padres’ front office was awful. But man, we’ve come a long way. Trevor’s back. He’s home now. He’s a Padre again. We’ve got new people in control of the team, people who actually care about the fans. We’ve got an amazing winning team on the field. We went through quite the dark period, but we have come out of the tunnel and into the light. 

Yesterday, Trevor threw out the first pitch for the Padres’ Opening Day game. It was the coolest thing ever. Trevor is finally home.

So, here’s the tribute that I wrote in that time of hopelessness. But this time, it has a new ending. This time, it ends with joy. 

“The first time I ever saw you live was June 23, 2005, at my first
Padres game. I wasn’t a Padres fan, in fact, I thought baseball was kind
of boring. I had heard of you before, who in San Diego hadn’t? You were
the only person I associated with the Padres. I don’t remember much
about that game. But you did pitch that day, in the 10th with the game
tied. You’ve always been horrible in tie games. (Note to Milwaukee:
whatever you do, do NOT put Trevor in to pitch in tie games!!) This game
was no different. You gave up the winning homer. I don’t remember
seeing you pitch, but I can say that I was there.

In 2006, I attended another game, and after that, I was hooked. One
of my best experiences involving you was your record-breaking 479th
save. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon near the end of the season. I
was in my room with the radio cranked. My parents had their radio way
loud, too. It was so amazing to hear the call of the save, and to hear
the interview and analysis afterward. I was so happy for you that I
almost started crying. I remember wishing so much that I could be there.
I still have the newspapers from that wonderful weekend. You were my
favorite player.

I went into the 2007 season as a Padres fan. You had a great year.
There are so many stories I could share, but let’s just say that I was
super excited when you got a save, and pretty disappointed when you blew
one. The day you got #500 was very exciting for me. I didn’t get
to hear it live, but I’ve watched it a lot since. In September 2007, I
headed down to PETCO with my sister and two friends to celebrate my
birthday. We got BP balls from the groundskeeper, and when we got into
the stadium, we went towards the right field line. There you were, stretching near the visitor’s bullpen. I was so excited to see you. I was
pretty much awe-struck. When you were done stretching, you stopped by to
sign autographs. And I got it, on my BP ball. I think I squeezed in
between a bunch of people, and just stuck my hand in there. It was so
cool, and that ball is very special to me.

Game 163 hurt, badly. I was really confident in you, but you blew it.
That was truly devastating, hearing you fall apart on that field. But
the way you handled the situation, taking the blame, and giving no
excuses was just incredible.

On August 14, 2008, I finally got to see Trevor Time. In the bottom
of the 8th, the score was 3-1 Pads. My Padres got Kouzmanoff on, but I
desperately didn’t want Chase Headley to get a hit! He didn’t, and so
the game headed into the top of the 9th. One of my goals in 2008 was to
see Trevor Time. I wanted to see it before you retired. And there I was.
I had been watching you warm up in the bullpen. I could tell it was you
by the leg kick, and the way you pitch. It was incredible to watch the
Trevor Time, to hear “Hell’s Bells”. I was screaming like crazy and
taking countless pictures. You did give up a home run to Mike Cameron,
but you did it. You closed your 550th save. I am so thankful that I was
able to be there, to see it before you left.

Trevor, you are a Padre. No matter where you go, you are and always
will be a Padre. You’ve been here for 16 years. In 1998, “Hell’s Bells”
debuted and you became San Diego’s hero. Over the 16 years with us, you
collected 552 saves. You broke the all-time saves record right here in
San Diego. You got 500 and 550 here. You represented the Padres 6 times
in the All-Star game. You’ve been here for so long, done so much for
this team, and how are we supposed to say goodbye to you?

We love you. We love Trevor Time. We love your humbleness, your
humor, and the way you play the game. That front office was eager to let
you go, but we weren’t. We weren’t ready to watch you walk away. We wanted
you to stay, to end your Hall of Fame career here.

You got your 600th save with the Brewers, and you retired after two seasons with them. But you’re back, with a fresh start. You don’t feel like you need to have a one-day contract, because you’re going to be here now. You’re a part of this team again. It feels like you never left.

We love you Trevor. Thank you for not giving up on us. You have been one the best players ever to wear a Padres uniform, and we are so happy that you are back for good.”

GO PADRES!!!!

Opening Day Domination!!!!!

Opening Day: there’s nothing quite like it.

Sure, the Padres’ season started last week in St. Louis, but things really started today as the Padres opened at Petco Park. It was an incredible day.

Most touching for everyone in San Diego was Trevor Hoffman throwing out the first pitch. It was a hard couple years, having him gone in Milwaukee. That should have never, ever happened. But no matter what, Trevor is and will always be a Padre. No doubt about it. Trevor ran in from the bullpen to Hell’s Bells to throw out the first pitch. Absolutely breathtaking. We love you Trevor!!!!


trevoropeningday.jpgAaron Harang started the game, and seemed to struggle a little in the first few innings. He only gave up one run though, and got out of some jams. He left after six innings, only giving up six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  

The Padres finally broke out with a huge third inning. Nick Hundley led off with a single. Harang bunted him over. Jason Bartlett then walked. After that, Orlando Hudson singled. Jorge Cantu hit a sacrifice fly that should have been a bases-clearing double, but it did drive in a run.

Ryan Ludwick walked to load the bases again, followed by a walk to score a run to Chase Headley. Madison Bumgarner was very helpful in this inning, that’s for sure.

Chris Denorfia singled to bring in our third run of the inning. It was so great. We were gritty, really patient at the plate, and that was rewarded.

Luke Gregerson threw the seventh inning. Mike Adams followed him in the eighth and went 1-2-3.

Let me just say, Cameron Maybin is a beast. It looks like he’s actually going to be able to play in Petco’s outfield, which is so great. I’m loving this guy already.

Nick Hundley was HOT today. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also threw out a potential base stealer at second. It was LEGIT. His batting average right now is .533. 

Chris Denorfia also has two hits. I love this guy. He doesn’t get much attention, but he sure contributes a lot to the team.

Heath Bell came in to get the save, and got it easily. It was so cool to start off the game with Trevor and Hell’s Bells and to end the game with Heath Bell.

I am so excited about this win!!!!! It was soooo great to come home and show everyone what we can do. Especially against the Giants. We definitely have a bit of unfinished business with them from last year, so it’s great to start out with such a dominating win like this. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game!!

My boys are amazing. 

GO PADRES!!!

(Photos: ESPN.com/Donald Miralle/Getty Images, Getty Images)

First Series Win

Well, we’re three games into the Padres 2011 season. I’m loving it, and I think we’ve seen some very positive things already.

First of all, we won two out of three games against the Cardinals in Busch Field, which broke all sorts of records since we have a horrible track record at that stadium. Not so this weekend. There’s something really solid about this team, even if we don’t have Adrian anymore.

So, it definitely felt good to win that first series. Hopefully things will go really well as we come home to face the Giants and Dodgers. Ooh. That’s going to be very interesting.

And of course, the Padres are in first place. Exactly where we belong, and hopefully where we will stay.

GO PADRES!!

PADRES WIN OPENER!!!!

Besides the fact that I didn’t recognize any of our Opening Day lineup (it’s so different from last year!!), I love the look of the 2011 Padres so far.

Will Venable is an incredible outfielder. He definitely saved the game for us in the top of the 10th inning with a huge grab.

We also turned four double plays, which was key. We didn’t get as many hits as the Cardinals, but we got the same amount of runs, so I guess that’s all that matters.

Our pitching is still getting there. I felt like Tim Stauffer wasn’t all the way on top of his game, but he still did pretty great. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. He was followed by Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, Chad Qualls, and Pat Neshek.  

Newcomer Cameron Maybin saved the day with a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth. We kept the Cardinals shut down in the bottom of the ninth, and then went into extra innings.

We then scored two runs in the top of the 11th, thanks to an error by the Cardinals that allowed Chase Headley to score. Nick Hundley then singled in our second run.

Heath Bell came in to the game to get his first save of the season, which he did, 1-2-3.

I’m SOOOOOOOO excited that we won our first game. I know it doesn’t really matter yet so far, but man it feels good. It’s always great to start off the season with a positive win filled with so many great things. 

Man, it feels so good to be back. I have a feeling that this is going to be a great season :)

GO PADRES!!!!!!! 

Heartbreaker

San Diego is the worst city ever to be a sports fan.

I’m serious. You’ve got a football team who’s been to ONE Super Bowl and lost, a baseball team who’s been to two World Series and lost, and now a college basketball game who won their first two NCAA tournament games ever but couldn’t make it anywere.

Welcome to our world.

It takes a ton of dedication to be a sports fan here. We’ve been disappointed so many times. I’ve only been a San Diego sports fan for about five years, and I’ve already lost track of the times that San Diego teams have let me and the city down.

It’s really, really awful. It’s so sad. It’s heartbreaking. It’s like being stuck in a never-ending rut. I don’t see how we’re ever going to get out. For some reason, we just have never been a winning city.

Tonight, the No. 2 ranked San Diego State Aztecs lost the No. 3 UConn 74-67. It was heartbreaking. We were trailing for most of the night, and we were no where near our best. We did have the most incredible season of Aztecs basketball ever, but it doesn’t seem to mean as much where you don’t get anywhere for it.

It’s so hard to watch and to cope with after it’s over. This city bonded with the team and followed it and cheered it on so hard. We wanted them to win so badly. We want them to do what no other team has done before (besides the Little League World Series): win a major championship for San Diego.

I’m heartbroken for the Aztecs. I’ll be the first to say that I was definitely a bandwagoner for this team. I didn’t follow the Aztecs all season long. I haven’t been a long-time Aztecs fan who’s been through the good and the bad. But even though I wasn’t there all the time, I’m still really sad about this loss.

But Padres baseball starts in a week. San Diego will have another team to root for. I hope with all my heart that we’ll do well, but I’m scared that they’ll let us down again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a die-hard Padres fan. I don’t give up when it gets tough. I’ve stuck with the Padres through some of the most horrible games and stretches of games ever. But that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it. I don’t have to like losing. I’m scared of disappointment.

I sure experienced that last year. We were in first place for the entire season, and then things fell apart. With no warning, we lost our lead to the stupid Giants. But then we won two games against them in the last few games of the season. That was hope. That was excitement. And then we lost in the last game of the season to give the Giants the West and ultimately, the World Series.

It stunk.

It makes me wonder when this drought is going to end. Are we going to have to endure 10 more seasons of disappointment? How long is it going to take for us to break through and have a team that can make it all the way to the World Series?

I’m so glad that I have hope in something bigger than baseball (JESUS!!), because if not, I would be so seriously depressed right now.

Sports can obviously never satisfy. San Diego sports definitely cannot satisfy. They all fall somewhere. I’m very thankful that because of God, there is meaning to my life that is way outside of cheering for a sports team.  

Despite it all, San Diego is my city. It’s my home. Even though we can’t get our sports act together, I wouldn’t trade being a sports fan of this city for anything. It’s hard, but anyone can be a Yankees or Red Sox fan. It takes a lot of guts and a lot of dedication to be a fan of the Padres. I really, truly love it.  

But for now, we’ve got a brand new season of Padres baseball to look forward to. We don’t know where they’re going to be at the end of the season, but why don’t we enjoy the ride? I’m looking forward to some good, solid, fun baseball. I can’t wait!

GO PADRES!! 

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