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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!
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 game :) 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 day :D
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.