We all knew that it was going to happen. We started off interleague play this weekend at home against the Mariners, and we got nothing doing. We got swept, bang bang bang.
Not surprising at all.
We only scored two runs in the entire series. We had three errors. We got a good amount of hits, but obviously it wasn’t enough to score any runs.
At the beginning of the season, the hitting was horrible and the pitching was really okay. But now, the pitching has been infected with the disease of the hitters, and we have absolutely no hope.
Here’s the records of our five starting pitchers:
- Mat Latos: 1-6
- Clayton Richard: 2-5
- Tim Stauffer: 0-3
- Dustin Moseley: 1-6
- Aaron Harang: 5-2
Aaron’s the only one who’s had any bit of a chance against some good teams. Props to him, but look at the rest of our starting pitching. It’s so bad!!
It’s not entirely the pitchers’ fault, though. Moseley had put out many, many good outings, but you can’t win when you don’t have run support.
In case anyone was interested, the Padres’ record is 19-28 and we’re 8.5 games behind San Francisco. Yeah, we’ve got a ways to go, but with the way we’re playing, I’m sure we’ll be able to get those games back in about 200 years.
The Cardinals are coming in to Petco for three games. They’re 28-20 and on top of their division. Oh boy.
We have no chance against our Interleague counterparts. That was proved last night as we lost 4-1 against the Seattle Mariners. Mat Latos, our so-called ace, started the game and earned his sixth loss of the year. Erik Bedard, the starter for the Mariners, threw eight innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. Latos, on the other hand, only went six innings, allowing four runs with four strikeouts.
I don’t know what his issue is, but Mat seriously needs to get his act together. There are all sorts of explanations like being overpitched, being young and inexperienced, but no matter what’s going on, Mat needs to work through it and find something that will help him to be the ace that he was last year. This is ridiculous. We should not be sitting here three months into the season with an ace with a record of 1-6.
Ryan Ludwick has been pretty hot lately. He had two hits again last night. But that was pretty much it. We got our only run in the bottom of the ninth, just like we did the game before, which was good, but this time it didn’t work so well because we were down by four runs instead of one.
Ludwick drove in that run with a single. Congrats, Ryan. You are definitely the player of the game.
Well, Clayton Richard is going tonight against Michael Pineda. That’ll be fun.
Man, what a game. It was an amazing pitching duel between Aaron Harang and Chris Narveson. So good, in fact, that the only run of the game was scored in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.
Aaron threw eight innings, allowing six hits, no runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. Definitely a huge outing for Harang. Not only did he do an amazing job, but he really let the bullpen rest. This was probably the best pitching performance of the season so far. Way to go, Aaron.
Heath Bell threw the top of the ninth, and got out of it without scaring us too much. In the bottom of the inning, Ryan Ludwick led off with a single. Then Eric Patterson pinch-ran for him, stealing second just as Brad Hawpe walked. Cameron Maybin sacrificed the runners over, and then Chase Headley was intentionally walked. Orlando Hudson hit a sac-fly on the first pitch he saw, and Patterson scored the run of the game to win. It was great.
And that was pretty much it. Easy, simple, clean. Done and done.
I’m really glad that we won. We definitley needed that, but our bats were no help at all. I mean, we scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Our offense isn’t instilling any confidence, but hey, we got the job done. We’ll take it. Props to the boys for that.
Mariners tomorrow. Oh joy.
Well, what do you know. The Padres came home and the bats went cold. There’s definitely something about Petco Park that completely kills our bats. It really stinks.
Dustin Moseley started the game and didn’t do too badly. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. Jason Bartlett made two errors, which is always great.
Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth for our only runs of the game. Just wonderful.
We play the Brewers again today before starting interleague play tomorrow (already!!!!) against the Mariners. And we all know how that’s going to go. We’re at Petco AND we’re playing the Mariners. We have no chance at all. You know, the Mariners have always sort of been our rivals because we share the Peoria Sports Complex with them and for some annoying reason, we always play them two or three times during the season. I don’t know why that happens, but the point is that they always always always cream us. A rivalry isn’t really a rivalry if only one of the teams has the ability to actually win.
Let me tell you, I’m getting nauseous just thinking about interleague play. We don’t even stand a chance against teams in our own division, and interleague has been historically brutal to us. As in season-killing. I am extremely worried.
But anyways, in other news, MLBlogs.com’s Latest Leaders for the month of April came out recently, and this blog was #4 in the fan blog section. :D. Thank you guys so much! It’s pretty exciting to see my blog that high up. Like I said yesterday, I’m done with school now (done with high school actually), so I’ll definitely be blogging more consistently. Thank you soooooo much!!!
The Padres made it out of Arizona with a two-game split. We won the first game 8-4, and the second game we lost 6-1. That second game was pretty bad because the umpiring was really against us. Not cool at all.
Now we’re finally back home for eight games. I always like it when the boys are home, but we do have a better record on the road than at home. Hopefully we’ll be able to pull off some wins.
In other news, I am now done with the Spring 2011 semester, which means that I’ll have a whole lot more time to blog and follow the Padres more closely. I’m looking forward to it.