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Facing the Giants

Yesterday was an off-day. It was very different not having a game, but I was still catching up from Sunday, so it was all good. I did get some exciting news, though: Hyun Young is treating me to a Padres game in July…in these incredible seats!

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It’s going to be so much fun, and I’m already planning it all out. I can’t wait for July 18th! That’s going to be the third game in a series against the Rockies, so maybe Tom and Jen will be there that night. I know Hyun Young and I will have so much fun cheering for our Padres and cheering against the Rockies :)

Thanks Hyun Young!! :)

On Saturday, I went to my brother’s last regular season game. His team won 24-8. I was keeping score, and it was absolutely crazy. They got nine runs in the first inning, and 12 runs in the fourth. It was insane to keep score, but I survived. Well, pretty much. I did get a terrible sunburn on my arms. Thankfully, we were in the shade most of the game on Sunday, so it didn’t get worse.

Tonight we are playing the Giants, thankfully still at home. My best friends and their family are going to be at the game! I am so excited for them, and hopefully they’ll take lots of pictures for me.

It will be interesting to see how my Padres do tonight. We’ve got the momentum from the sweep over the weekend, as well as a day of rest. Chris Young is going to be starting, and hopefully he can give us a solid outing.

Last time out in Chicago, he gave up four home runs in only a few innings. But I think he will be much better at home, without the Wrigley wind. Last time the Giants were in town, we swept them in three. Hint hint…

Even with the sweep over the weekend, we are still 10 games behind the Dodgers. But we are in third place. I think we moved up a few spots, but that’s probably because the Rockies and Diamondbacks are not doing well down there. Hey, if we were able to sweep the Giants in this series, we would gain a few games on them at least.

Well, if we just keep that pitching and hitting from the weekend, we will be in good shape.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: Hyun Young/padres.com)   

Live Together, Die Alone

Well, boys, you didn’t support Jake like you needed to last night, so this calls for drastic measures.

A lot of people, especially teenagers, can’t imagine life without a cell phone. We use them to talk to our friends and co-workers, we can text, and these days, we can have internet access on our phones.

Of course, the main purpose of a phone is to be able to talk to people wherever they are. But with all the fancy extras on our phones, they quickly become addicting.

If you’re a baseball player earning millions a year, I’d bet that you have a really great phone. After all, you need to keep in contact with your families when you’re on the road, and plus, you’re rich. You have a really nice phone just because you can.

Now, boys, you’ve lost four games in a row. I think it’s time for some restrictions. Your cell phones, please.

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Yep, iPhones, too.
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And of course, your Blackberries.
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In the bucket, please. Thank you.

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Yes, even you Kouz-who-wouldn’t-care-if-your-phone-got-ran-over. Sorry, I know you’re extremely cute, but you’re in a slump too.

Now, this is an especially cruel punishment since you guys are on the road right now. You want to call your family? There’s a phonebooth right over there.

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Now boys, I know it will be hard to not be able to talk to your family and be distracted by your phones, but right now you need to get out to the batting cages and work, work, work. You only got five hits yesterday. Two runs in support of Jake. I expect much better from you guys.

Especially Brian, Kouz, and Cheadley. You guys are spending at least five hours in the cage today. I don’t care that you’re in Chicago. You can go sightseeing next time that you come around here. Right now, we need to get your bats going, and we need to get winning.

While the guys are batting like they never have before, let’s take the pitchers out on the field and teach them how to pitch. Jake, you did your duty last night. You can go get a massage on that arm.

But the rest of you, especially the bullpen guys, are in big trouble. Let’s see…Edwin Moreno, you gave up a run yesterday, right? Thought so. Let’s work on you first.

First of all, Ed, the point of pitching is to get strikes. You’ve never heard of that? Oh boy. It’s going to be a long day. Well, how ’bout you, Cla? You know, when you come into a situation where runners are already on base, you’re not supposed to let them score. It’s a game, you see? Try to keep the runners from scoring.

Aw, nevermind, you’re really bad at that game.

Oh, hello, Chase, done with your batting already? OK, how ’bout you go play with the ivy out there?

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Now that we’ve learned how to throw strikes, boys…oh, you didn’t quite get it, Duaner? That’s OK, I don’t think you’ll be hanging around here much longer anyways.

Where was I? Ah yes, let’s go back to the clubhouse and talk about the evils of the sand uniforms. Hello, Jake, done with your massage? Good, maybe you would like to say a few words about the horrible games you’ve gone through with the sand uniforms. Don’t forget that you got your fifth loss last night because of them!

Oh, hi, Brian and Kouz, you guys look exhausted! No, Brian, you cannot call your mommy. They just set up batting practice on the field for you!

batting practice.jpgWell, boys, you played a bad game last night. Besides Adrian’s two-run homer, you guys didn’t give any runs to poor Jake. You just handed your ace his fifth loss of the season. He should have at least five wins by now, but because of you guys, he only has two.

You really need to pick it up, boys. The fans are getting upset, and they might leave. All you’re doing is proving that you’re the horrible team that everyone predicted you would be. You’re headed straight to the cellar, and all you’d be doing is proving people right. We want you to prove them wrong. Show the fans, show San Diego that you can play hard and that you can win. If we don’t live together, we’re going to die alone.

You aren’t working as a team here. It’s like the hitters, the starters, the bullpen, and the defense are all different parts. You’re not working together. One guy will get a hit. One guy will give up a bunch of runs. If you don’t live together, you’re going to die alone.

So, after all that BP, I expect you guys to go out there tonight, score a lot of runs, hit when it matters, and get a win. Chris Young has been giving us superb outings, he can hold the Cubs down while you get some runs.

Come on boys, it only has to be a few hours without your phones. If you get the win tonight, you’ll get your phone back as you’re walking into the clubhouse. But you gotta get that win first :)

GO PADRES!!

(and yes, I am very excited about the season finale of LOST tonight!!)

(photo credits: padres.com, kottke.org, allcheapmobiephones.com, billmill.org, thelachers.com, tufttubs.com, flickr.com)

Padres Split Series!

I guess my Padres didn’t want to travel to Houston in a school bus.
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Chris Young started the game, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts. He had a great outing, he was battling hard.

On the other side, Dan Haren was doing a great job as well. He went six innings, giving up eight hits and three runs with two walks on four strikeouts.

In the third, the Diamondbacks struck first. After a single from Chris Snyder, Dan Haren of all people hit a double to help his own cause. He got to third on an error, and touched the plate on a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, the Padres found a crack in Haren’s armor and were actually able to take advantage of it!

With two outs, Chris Young walked, Brian Giles singled, and Edgar Gonzalez drove in CY for our first run. Scott Hairston came to the plate and check-swinged on a pitch. Except the ball hit the bat and went into right field to drive in Giles. It was pretty bizarre!

In the sixth, the Diamondbacks added a run to take the lead. But in the bottom of the inning, we got that run right back.

With one out, my boy Kouz hit a single. Nick Hundley then doubled, and Kouz ran all the way home. I love this dude, but he’s really slow. It’s almost painfully to watch. He’s not as bad as say, Henry Blanco the Galapagos tortoise, but he’s still slow. So he almost got thrown out at the plate. But he scored safely, so that’s all that matters.

The game stayed tied for a long time. The Padres bullpen was able to hold the game, though. Barely.

Edwin Moreno came into the seventh, and got a few runners on with no outs, including two walks. I’m telling you, this guy is going to be on the bus to Triple-A very soon unless he stops walking people like he does. We just can’t have that, especially when he walks the first batter in a tie game. No no no.

Thankfully, Luke Gregerson came in and cleaned up Moreno’s mess, keeping the game tied. He also pitched a scoreless eighth.

Heath Bell took the ninth, allowing nothing and striking out one. Man, he’s sharp!

In the bottom of the ninth, Scott Hairston singled, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a double play.

Onto extra innings for the second time this week!

Cla Meredith pitched the top of the tenth, throwing five pitches to get three outs. He was sharp!

In the bottom of the tenth, it was time to close this thing down. Jody Gerut started it with a strikeout, but then Kouz doubled. Nick Hundley walked, and Chris Burke came to the plate. 

Burke had a great at-bat. He fouled off six pitches, keeping the count full for a long time. He made the pitcher throw ten pitches before finally taking ball four to load the bases. That at-bat was crucial to winning the game.

Next, Hyun Young’s boy David Eckstein came to the plate. He only needed to take a strike and a ball before lining a single past the first baseman to score my boy Kouz. 

We win!!

It was such a great game! We did leave 13 runners on base, which was very frustrating, but we were able to get some clutch hits and win the game.

I was very pleased with our pitching, especially the bullpen. They didn’t give up a run, which is so rare!

My boy Kouz had THREE hits, two singles and a double. He’s definitley been scuffling, so it’s great that he was able to have a good game like that. 

We had 13 hits total, which we haven’t had in a long time. I am so glad that we were hitting!

It was a great win for the Padres and their fans, but apparently the Diamondbacks aren’t too happy with their 12-17 record. Arizona fired manager Bob Melvin today. They’re replacing him with A.J. Hinch. Interesting…

Manny is a jerk. Unfortunately, the Padres are only going to play the Dodgers twice during his suspension. 

“It would have been nice if this had happened in spring training,” pitching ace Jake Peavy said. “I wouldn’t have had to face him.” 

The Dodgers finally lost last night. They built up a six run lead, but blew it and lost 11-9 against the Natinals. Of all teams. Wow. 

Well, I can’t say I’m entirely disappointed that Manny was suspended or that the Dodgers lost. My Padres are now only 7.5 games behind, third place in the NL West!

Well boys, I hope you enjoyed your luxury flight to Houston!

 
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Tonight Chad Gaudin is pitching against Wandy Rodriguez. It will be a very interesting game…

GO PADRES!!

(photo credits: Union-Tribune, flickr.com) 

Something Had To Give

  • 1-0 Giants

It was a long, sad game.

A very well played game, that’s for sure. But all that doesn’t really matter if you don’t win.

Chris Young threw so well! He went seven innings, allowing nothing but two hits and four walks. It was so cool to listen to! You would think that Jake Peavy would be the one who was shutting down the hitters, but CY has been proving that he is the guy to keep a lineup down. It was so amazing. He even got a hit…I think that’s his third or fourth of the season!

On the other side, Barry Zito was incredible as well. He threw seven solid innings, allowing six hits. It was a great pitcher’s duel.

Luke Gregerson took the eighth and the ninth, retiring all six hitters he faced. He was great.

The Padres were able to get some runners on in the last few innings, but the Giants’ bullpen shut us down.

Onto the tenth, with a scoreless game. This is so rare, but it happened. We went to extra innings with no score.

Edwin Moreno came in and got a couple runners on with two outs. Bengie “Padre-Killer” Molina came to the plate and did what he loves to do: walk-off the Padres. He hit a ground-rule double, and the Giants won 1-0. It was pretty sad. But seriously, Molina just kills us. Next time, we gotta walk him.

I feel really bad for Moreno, since he’s now given up two walk-offs in his last two outings. That can’t be good for his confidence.

Now we have a three-game series against the Pirates at PETCO Park. It’s going to be a great series, with two teams who are playing way higher than expectations. I just hope my Padres come out on top :)

Yesterday the Padres announced that the cancelled game on Monday will be played on July 23rd in Philly. After that game, we will go to Washington for a three-game series. Hooray. The Padres stilll won the series though!!

Off-days, ugh. But my boys need it. Tomorrow, we will get back into it. Meanwhile, beat those Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!!!!  

Me and My Gang

It’s all for one and ONE FOR ALL YA’LL
It’s a brother and a sister kinda thang
Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with
With me and my gang
We live to ride, we ride to live
Me and my gang
Jump on that train
Grab a hold of them reins
We gonna rock this thang, cock this thang
Me and my gang

 Today in the Latest Leaders I got #15, which is the best I have ever ranked. So, first of all, a HUGE thank you to all my readers. You guys have been amazing!!

Lately I have really grown to like Rascal Flatts. Their music is pretty amazing, and one of my favorite CDs is Me and My Gang.


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I thought this song was kind of appropriate for the Padres. Kind of seems like a Jake Peavy song, ya know?

The Padres and their fans are on an amazing adventure right now. Hey, five-game winning streak and on top of the NL West. This season is going to be exciting, at least for a while. I think the Padres fans have been skeptical of this winning team, but more and more are coming behind them and joining the party. We don’t know where our Padres are going, but it will be so much fun to find out.

I know that I, for one, will be sticking by these Padres all year, even if Monday night was the last game we will win this year. Even if we lose Jake Peavy (oh boy), even if we don’t lose another game this year. Even if this team crashes and burns. It’s not easy, I found that out last year. But I’m going to stick by this team no matter what.

So, jump on that train, grab a hold of them reins, let’s rock this thang, cock this thang…me and my gang/Padres!!

Today, in my dedication to #15, I’m going to mention 15 members of my gang who have had superb performances in the last week.

GANG MEMBER #15

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GANG MEMBER #14

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Adrian Gonzalez has been warming up over the week. He has eight hits, seven RBIs, and two home runs in eight games. He’s going to be so good this year!

GANG MEMBER #13


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Scott Hairston is a stellar ballplayer, man. He’s been so solid this week, with some spectacular catches in center field, as well as some blast from the plate. This guy can flat-out play!

GANG MEMBER #12


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Luis Rodriguez has been pretty good in the past week. He’s played in seven games, with three hits and four RBIs. But check this out: he has eight walks! Wow, that’s pretty good. But understandable since he’s been hitting low in the lineup, usually right before the pitcher.

GANG MEMBER #11

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Duaner Sanchez has kind of gone under the radar, but he’s been solid for the Padres. He’s thrown three innings, allowing nothing but a walk. He came into some essential games, too, like Monday when the Padres had a one-run lead.

GANG MEMBER #10 


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Heath Bell has had no problems taking over Trevor Hoffman’s job as closer on the Padres. He has four saves in four opportunities so far this season.

GANG MEMBER #9


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David Eckstein has been an excellent pickup for the Padres. He’s had some great at-bats, even though they didn’t always end up in a positive result. Still, he’s been very solid in his hitting and his defense.

GANG MEMBER #8


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Chase Headley has been playing very well for the Padres. He has six hits and five RBIs in eight games. He also has two home runs, and great defense in left field.

GANG MEMBER #7


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Henry Blanco was not signed by the Padres for his offense, but San Diego has recieved some of it anyway. In addition to catching some excellent games, Henry has two home runs already.

GANG MEMBER #6


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Chris Young has throw 13 innings so far, allowing only two earned runs with 12 strikeouts. He has earned two wins, beating Randy Wolf and Tim Lincecum.

GANG MEMBER #5


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Jody Gerut has five hits so far, including a home run and three doubles. He’s also had stellar defense in center. It’s been so much fun to watch him…

GANG MEMBER #4


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Brian Giles has five hits and four walks, but has not come through in a lot of big situations, like bases loaded with no outs. His defense has been superb, though. He knows that right field corner in PETCO so well!

GANG MEMBER #3


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Nick Hundley has definitley improved at the plate from last year. I think he’s going to have a really good offensive year. His catching has also been great.

GANG MEMBER #2


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OH MY GOODNESS!!! That picture is soooooo cute!!! WOW, I totally love it!!!  Ah, where was I? Oh yes, Kevin Kouzmanoff’s amazingness! He has six hits so far. I think he’s still warming up. He’ll get better as the season goes on… Just look at that guy. Wow.

GANG MEMBER #1

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Jake Peavy’s first start wasn’t the best, but his second was incredible. In 15.1 innings pitched, he has 18 strikeouts. I am so thankful that he’s still here in San Diego, and I hope he will be sticking around for a long time.

Again, thanks so much to all my readers! Without you guys, this blog has no meaning. Keep checking back here for all the latest Padres news!

Today the Padres are playing the Mets again, Kevin Correia against Oliver Perez. GO PADRES!!!

Sweep ‘Em Outta Here

What a weekend! These Padres are on a roll!

  • Friday: 7-3 Padres

Shawn Hill started the game, going five innings and giving up only two runs on seven hits. We picked up this guy like, last week. I think it’s great that he was able to pitch so well on Friday! 

The rest of the bullpen was great. Hill left the game with the bases loaded and no outs. Luke Gregerson came in and got a grounder to first, where Adrian Gonzalez fired it home to get the force out, and Nick Hundley threw it back to get the hitter. Gregerson then struck out the next batter. I have been really pleased with Luke this week. He’s been so solid!

Let me tell you, the pitching has been incredible so far. And when the offense and defense is solid too, the Padres are going to have a good night at the ball yard.

The man of the night, as he has been for many nights, was Scott Hairston. First off, he got a single and scored our first run in the bottom of the first. We got three runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a Brian Giles double and a Kevin Kouzmanoff single.

In the fourth, Brian Giles drove in David Eckstein with a single for the 4-1 lead. In the top of the seventh, Bengie Molina was at the plate with a runner on. He hit a long shot to left center field, and it looked like it was going out. Chase Headley was running over there from left field, but Scotty came in from center, leaping at the wall, and catching the ball. If Scotty hadn’t caught that, it would have been a tying two-run homer. Instead, Molina, disbelieving, was out. It was an incredible catch by Scott Hairston!

He wasn’t done though. In the bottom of that seventh, he came up to the plate with two runners on. What does he do? He hits a three-run homer! What a night for this guy! All in all, he had three hits, drove in three runs, stole a base, and made some spectacular plays. Hairston has done nothing but incredible things since we got him in late 2007. What a player!

Edward Mujica and Duaner Sanchez had scoreless innings. Edwin Moreno ran into a little trouble in the ninth, allowing a run, but he got out of it and closed the game. 

This was an all-around incredible game. The pitching was solid, the defense was fantastic, the offense was amazing. All the guys in the top of the order had a really good game. Scotty, Eckstein, Giles…whoo hoo!

  • Saturday: 6-3 Padres

Jake Peavy. Mexico Opening Night. Adrian Gonzalez long-sleeved T-shirt night. ‘Nuff said!

Jake was excellent last night, very Jake-like. His Opening Day start was solid, but he wasn’t the best. This time was the real Jake. Take 8.1 innings, 10 strikeouts, three runs, 106 pitches. He was so sharp, so on his game. It was incredible!

Both starting pitchers were really good for the first few innings. Jake and Jonathan Sanchez weren’t giving up anything. Until the third. Padres catcher Henry Blanco started off the inning with a solo homer.

But the Giants got that run right back in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, the Padres took the lead for good. Henry Blanco led off the inning again, and he hit a solo homer again. Jake walked, Scott Hairston singled, and David Eckstein walked. Brian Giles flew out, but then Adrian Gonzalez hit a double that cleared the bases. It was great.

Chase Headley hit his first homer of the season, getting the Padres’ sixth and last run of the night.

In the top of the ninth, Jake started running into some trouble. He had 105 pitches, and his next one was a run-scoring double. So, Buddy took him out. Jake wasn’t too happy about it, I know he wanted to finish the game out. But Heath Bell came in to save his third game in three chances. He got a strikeout, then a pop-out to my boy Kouz in foul territory. Yay!

It was a great win for the Padres. Jake and Henry each had a really great game. By the way, Peavy and Blanco have been working really well together. I wouldn’t be surprised if Blanco caught Jake for the rest of the season.

  •  Sunday: 6-1 Padres

I got to watch the majority of this game, probably from the fourth inning to the end. It was so much fun to be able to see all the players and to see the game fold out before my eyes. I never get to watch baseball, so it’s really special for me to just be able to watch a game on TV!

Chris Young against Tim Lincecum. What a matchup! I knew it would be a classic game, but I thought my Padres would come out on top. We had the momentum, and CY was very solid his last time out. This time, he was even better.

He went seven innings, giving up five hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts. He even hit a single, his second hit of the season! He was mowing, man. I was really pleased with his outing. He did a great, great job.

Lincecum was good, too. He seemed a lot more vulnerable than when we faced him last year. Maybe it’s just because of the confidence the Padres and their fans have. But I knew my Padres could beat him, even if he won the CY Young last year. He seems to have been off to a slow start this season. He was getting us out, but he wasn’t overpowering and dominating like last year.

In the third, the Padres’ offense turned on. Jody Gerut doubled, and a few batters later, Adrian Gonzalez drove him in with a single. Chase Headley then hit his second homer of the season.

In the sixth, Nick Hundley tripled to start the inning and Luis Rodriguez promptly sacrifice-flied him in.

The seventh led off with Adrian and Chase each hitting a single. Nick singled to drive in Adrian and Rodriguez sac-flied again to drive in Chase.

Luke Gregerson came into the game to relieve CY. He allowed two hits, but he threw two solid innings and has not given up a run yet. He’s pitched five innings so far this week.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, Kouz had two hits, Chase had two hits, and Nick Hundley had four hits, a career high. Nick actually went single, double, triple…and single. Too bad he didn’t hit for the cycle, but still a great game for Nick. 

It was a great 6-1 win for the Padres. I think the best word that describes this team right now is solid. The pitching has been incredibly solid, the hitting has been solid, and the defense has been solid. This team is solid, confident, and they are winners!

We’re on top of the NL West right now. I know, I know, it’s crazy early, but we’re on top! This team that is supposed to lose 100+ games is better than anyone in the West right now. They’re on a four-game winning streak, and I don’t see any stopping them. They are fired up and totally confident. They go out there every game with a winning mindset. I know it’s cliché, but this team really has it. They really think, know, that they can win every single game. I really don’t see them stopping now. I mean, I’m sure we’re going to lose sometime, but right now, we are on a roll.

This team is exciting. They are exceeding expectations, they are winning, playing hard. They’re turning some heads. We can do this. We can win this crazy NL West. I truly believe that we have a chance for the playoffs this year. Of course, this is me speaking after the first week. There’s a ton of baseball left to be played. But there’s no doubt, no matter what happens for the rest of the season, we will remember this week. It was the start of hope. It was shocking, exciting, unexpected. For this one week at least, the Padres were good. They played the best baseball they’ve played in a long time. But best of all, they played together, and they won. They won five games, four in a row. This week showed how real baseball is supposed to be played. They played hard, they played solid, and they won, together.

That’s my team! That my Padres! Yep, that’s us ON TOP OF THE NL WEST!! Nope, not dead last, but very first. I am so fired up about these Padres!

The next victim, er, should I say opponent, is the New York Mets. Citi Field will be opening today. The Padres will have the honor of being the first opposing team in the stadium. Walter Silva will get to pitch against Mike Pelfrey. I expect Silva to be much more confident and calm as he goes out for his second big league start.

Four in a row, boys. Let’s make it five.

GO PADRES!!!!!    

“Tonight, We Win!”

  • 4-2 Padres

As some of you know, I got to attend the game last night. I had so much fun! It was incredible to experience the Dodgers-Padres rivalry right there. There were a lot of Dodgers fans in attendance, but I tried my hardest to out-yell them!

My friend, sister, and I got to the ballpark about 40 minutes before the game. The Dodgers were nearing the end of BP as we walked all the way up to the Upper Reserved seats.

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While we waited for the game to start, we ate “dinner” and watched the players come out to warm up. We saw Nick Hundley head out towards the bullpen to do some sprints, and we were reminded of a game that we went to last year.

Eventually, the National Anthem was sung, the first pitches were thrown out, and it was time to play ball.

cywarming.JPGI was really pleased with Chris Young’s outing last night. He did very well after a bad spring. Last night he threw six innings, giving up five hits and two runs with five strikeouts. I had never seen the 6-foot-10 Young pitch live before, so that was really fun. He had a really great outing.

CYwindup.JPGOur hitters couldn’t do much against Randy Wolf for the first few innings. But in the bottom of the second, my boy Kouz hit a triple down the right field line. Very cool that he was able to get it over there as a right-hander. He got around the bases in good time and slid into third with no problem. Scott Hairston drove him in with a double down the left field line. Scotty’s going to be good for us this year! It was very exciting for the Padres to draw first blood.

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firstblood.JPGIt was disappointing to see the Dodgers come back and get two runs in the fourth, though. Manny started it off with a double. BOOOOOOOO!!! I was ragging on my friend about how good Manny was supposed to be and this was finally his first hit of the season! If he’s supposed to be this good, why didn’t he get a hit in say, in Monday’s game? HAHA! Russell Martin doubled in Manny, and later, Casey Blake drove Martin in with a sacrifice fly. 

Things weren’t looking that great for the Padres hitters. They were not doing much against Randy Wolf. But in the sixth, they really turned it on.

Adrian Gonzalez started it off with a single, followed by Kouz doing the same exact thing. Chase Headley drove them both in with a double! It was so cool! The Padres fans were going estatic! Later in the inning, Luis Rodriguez sac-flied Chase in.

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32padres.JPGThings got a little tense when Edwin Moreno came out of the bullpen for his major league debut. You could tell that he was a little nervous, especially facing some of the best Dodgers hitters. He gave up two walks, but got Manny to pop out to end the inning. That’s a great dose of confidence for the young guy.

It started sprinkling in the bottom of the 7th. I felt these pricks in my arms, and since the previous inning had found me going crazy and clapping really hard, I thought my arms were going to sleep! But then I realized that it was raining. It didn’t rain hard, but it was really fun to watch the game through the rain. It was beautiful.  

Duaner Sanchez threw a scoreless inning, and before we knew it, it was the top of the ninth. But the bells didn’t ring through the stadium. The fans didn’t stand in anticipation of the all-time saves leader trotting out of the bullpen. Instead, Heath Bell ran out of the bullpen. He didn’t trot, he kind of, uh…I’d say lumbered out really fast. He looked really pumped and energetic.

heathfirstsave.JPGEven though this wasn’t Trevor, the crowd was really supportive of Heath. When the announcer announced Heath, he drew it out like he did with Trevor: “Heeeaaattth Bell!” It just wasn’t right. It just wasn’t the same.

Heath did very well. He struck out the first batter, but walked the next one. He then went on to strike out the next two batters, and that was that. Padres win!!

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It was such a fun game! I really enjoyed cheering on for my team! I screamed and yelled like I never have before. I loved screaming “BEAT LA!!”. It was so much fun to try to out-yell the Dodgers fans in our section. There was a much smaller crowd than Monday, which I expected. We only had 20,035 out there last night! But it was a good crowd. A lot of Dodgers fans, but a lot of Padres fans as well. We had a blast! I love this rivalry, to boo Manny, to shriek “BEAT LA!!”. We did that so many times! 

Sure, these fans were on different sides, but we were all having a blast watching some baseball. Being a fan is so much fun! I would love to go to more Dodgers-Padres games this year.

We got to see a great game for our Padres. Kouz had two hits. Adrian had a hit and a walk. Nick Hundley had two walks. It was such a well-played game!

I wanted to mention David Eckstein, who has been hitting the ball like crazy, but always right at someone. He had four at-bats last night, and all of them were flyouts or lineouts. Soon, he’s going to find those empty spots, and he’s going to really help this club.

It was really cool for me to be out there so early in the season. It was only the second game! I’ve never been to a game that early, so that was really neat. I got to see the Padres first win of the season, Heath Bell’s first save as the official closer (his third in the majors), Edwin Moreno’s major league debut, Chris Young’s first win of the season, Kouz’s first hit of the season, and so many other things. It was very cool. 

I also thought it was pretty cool that I got to see Randy Wolf pitch. Last year, my first game of the season was Randy Wolf pitching against the Mariners, so it was kind of ironic that I saw him in my first game of this season too.

As we left the ballpark, you could tell that Padres fans were estatic. They were yelling, cheering all over the place. The Gaslamp was celebrating! This win really pumped up all the Padres fans, myself included. I am so excited about this team! It was such a great game!

Sure, we lost on Opening Day. This team is still proving itself. We don’t know what the next 160 games will bring. We may lose the rest of the season, but “tonight, we win”. I’m going to remember this game for a long time.

I want to leave you with the beautiful calm rain over the silent Petco Park.

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IMG_3911.JPGTonight we continue the series against the Dodgers. Walter Silva will make his major league debut against Chad Billingsley. Let’s get another “W”, shall we? GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: me)   

Padres Win, Walk-Off Style

Back to some Padres baseball. On Sunday, we lost 12-7. I don’t even want to go there because I need to talk about yesterday’s game!

  • 9-7 Padres (yes, you read that right!!)

WE WON!!! It was such a cool game. Definitely the best game they’ve played so far this spring. Chris Young started and threw 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He also struck out five. It was good to see him go out there and have a fairly good game. Justin Hampson gave up a run in his 0.2 innings of work. Cesar Ramos had three decent innings. He threw two scoreless before allowing three runs in his third inning of work. Edwin Moreno threw the top of the ninth.

The Royals had a four-nothing lead until the sixth. But then the Padres scored four runs in the bottom of that inning to tie the game. Kyle Blanks had a booming two-run double. The Royals went ahead 7-4.

I didn’t listen to the whole game, but I came in around the bottom of the ninth. The Padres are behind by three runs. It’s so cool how you can look back at certain events, certain things that happened in your life, and you can remember exactly what was going on, what you were thinking. Well, this bottom of the ninth was one of those for me. Ah, I wish I had a play-by-play recap of that inning! I’ll try to remember it as best as I can. I think we got two runners on with one out. A guy popped out shortstop, I think. Then Kyle Blanks came up. Kyle had already had a hit and two walks when he came up to the plate. He promptly hit a run-scoring single to tie the game. Then Chase Headley came up.

During this inning, I knew we were going to come back. Like, I had that feeling, but I didn’t let myself get my hopes too high. But I knew. I told myself to enjoy the inning, no matter what happens, because something big might very well happen right now. With two outs, you’re always cautious about getting your hopes up too high. But I knew that Chase could hit a walk-off homer. So cool that I thought about that! I think Ted Leitner called it. It might have been the batter before, but he mentioned that if one of these guys could just get one into that wind, which was blowing out, they could give the Padres a walk-off win. He TOTALLY called that.

Well, what do you know. After a pitching change, Chase Headley stepped into the box. With a count of 3-1, he hit a NO-DOUBTER right out of the park. It was so cool to hear the excitement in Ted’s voice as he called it. He didn’t have to tell us it was a no-doubter; we could hear it in his voice. I was sooooo excited!! Come-from-behind walk-offs are the best! I love love love them!!! It was so exciting. I mean, we won for the first time in a realllly long time. And this time, the hitting was able to catch up with the pitching.

Catcher Josh Bard got signed by the Nationals over the weekend. I really hope he can get some playing time!

Yesterday the Padres got a couple new players. We signed pitcher Shawn Hill to a minor league deal. He might get a rotation spot. We also got pitcher Luke Gregerson as the player-to-be named-later in the Khalil Greene deal.

Josh Geer, Scott Patterson, Joe Thatcher (WHOOOOHOOOOO!!!!), Jose Lobaton, Matt Antonelli, and Will Venable were sent to Triple-A. I feel bad for a few of these guys (not Thatcher), but it will be good for them.

I know you’re all wondering….

You’ve been slogging through all that Padres news to see if there’s any other news…

Yes, my dad read my entry last night…

He talked with my mom this morning…

And the answer is…is….is……………

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I am sooooooooooo excited!! It’s going to be so much fun!!!! I can’t wait. My dad won’t be taking me because he has responsibilites at church, but my mom and my little brothers will be going. I might even bring a few friends. Wow, that’s the Sunday after next!! I’m kind of glad that it’s coming up quickly, so that way I don’t have to wait as long :) Hyun Young, it’s going to be great to hang out at Petco Park with you! We need to convince Jen to come too! It’s free, Jen…nice and easy on a student’s budget!!

I wanted to thank you all for all the support, and for all the great comments that I put in my previous entry. I can’t wait to share all the pictures and stories from this event with you! Thank you so much. You guys are the best!! 

Today the Padres are playing the Angels in Tempe. Cha Seung Baek is starting. I think he’s due for a good outing. Let’s see if we can carry the momentum from yesterday into today!

Team Japan won the WBC for the second time last night. It was a really great game. I thought the defense was incredible. So, congrats to Team Japan. They made an incredible run, and they are a stellar baseball team.

I’m off to eat a celebratory slice of chocolate cake. I’m so excited!!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: wikipedia.com)  

Pounded by the Sox

  • 15-4 White Sox

Oh boy. What a nasty game! Our pitching did terrible, and I hate it when our pitching does terrible. Without good pitching, we can’t win. It’s a simple as that. And so, because we had bad pitching today, we did not win.

Chris Young started and threw three innings. He only gave up two runs, but his stuff was not the best. Mike Ekstrom gave up six runs. Mark Worrell gave up his first two runs of the spring. Greg Burke gave up four runs. And Joe Thatcher, the pitcher who canot pitch, gave up another run. Tsk tsk. He really shouldn’t get a spot in the bullpen. Scott Patterson had the only scoreless inning of all the pitchers.

Our hitters didn’t do the best. Cliff Floyd hit a solo bomb. Nick Hundley and Luis Rodriguez each drove in a run. Cedric Hunter has two hits and drove in a run.

It was very cool to listen to the game and hear about all these White Sox players that I’ve been reading about for so long on Jen’s blog. It was like, an amazing moment when I heard AJ Pierzynski’s first at-bat. I have heard SO much about him, and then suddenly he was there, on the same field as my Padres. It was pretty incredible. I predicted that he was going to kill us, and though he didn’t hit a bomb, he had two hits and drove in a run. Jen’s other favorite, Josh Fields, had three hits in three at-bats and drove in a run.

Tomorrow is a split-squad thingy. I’m guessing that all our “regulars” will stay in Peoria and play the Indians. Cha Seung Baek is starting that one. The other game will be against the Giants in Scottsdale. Cesar Ramos will start that one. It will be very interesting…wouldn’t it be cool if we won both games? :) 

I watched the last half hour or so of Star Wars Episode II last night. You know, those movies are incredible! The first three are not the best, but they are still amazing. I absolutely love the Attack of the Clones, mostly because of the love story part of it, but it’s so cheesy! (“I’ve been dying a little bit every day since you cam back into my life.” “I thought we decided not to fall in love. That it would destroy us.” “It looks like we’re about to be destroyed anyway.”) I really noticed that last night. But I love it! The third one was really good, I loved it, but it was so sad. Yeah, I’m feeling kind of random tonight :)

star_wars_episode_two_attack_of_the_clones_ver1.jpgAs I’ve mentioned, some friends of mine got to go to the Spring Training game last week. I would like to share a few of the pictures they took. A lot of them are really excellent. They had great seats, so these are nice and close. Enjoy!

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Padres 052.jpgCla Meredith pitching the day before his little girl was born!

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend! GO PADRES!!

UPDATE: Here’s the lineups for today’s games:

Game against the Indians in Peoria

  • CF Drew Macias
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • RF Brian Giles
  • DH Cliff Floyd
  • LF Emil Brown
  • C Eliezer Alfonso
  • 1B Chad Huffman
  • SS Luis Rodriguez
  • 3B Travis Denker

Cha Seung Baek starting, followed by Arturo Lopez, Joe Thatcher, Cla Meredith, Justin Hampson, Chris Britton.

Game against the Giants in Scottsdale

  • CF Jody Gerut
  • 2B Chris Burke
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • 1B Kyle Blanks
  • LF Chase Headley
  • RF Will Venable
  • C Nick Hundley
  • SS Everth Cabrera
  • SP Cesar Ramos

Jae Kuk Ryu, Ivan Nova, Will Inman, and Walter Silva will also pitch.

Manager Bud Black will be with the Scottsdale team. GO PADRES!!! 

(photo credits: Star Wars: impawards.com. Spring Training: big thanks and credits to Ski, Pipski, and the Ninja!)

You Just Gotta Laugh

Wow, what a weekend! It was so big that it’s going to take two entries. Wow.

  • Saturday: 15-6 A’s

Oh boy. This game was so bad that it was funny. Josh Geer started and gave up two home runs, two doubles, and three runs in the first. In his second inning of work (yeah, they actually gave him another inning after all that!), he gave up another run. So, what’s that? 5-0 Oakland in the second. But it was only the beginning. Only the beginning.

Justin Hampson was able to get through unscathed. The game was passed to Cla Meredith, who threw a scoreless inning. That’s really rare these days from the Padres’ pitching staff. Very impressive. But then Cesar Ramos gave up six runs in 0.2 innings. That’s really great for the young guy, huh? I can’t believe they left him in for that long. Chris Britton had a scoreless inning, but he gave up three walks. Matt Buschmann gave up four runs. What is that now? 14 runs for Oakland. Scott Patterson gave them their 15th. Mark Worrell closed out the game with a scoreless inning. Did you know that he hasn’t given up a run yet this spring? I really like this guy. I hope he makes the Opening Day roster.

So, in case you hadn’t noticed, our pitching is really, REALLY bad. With Friday and Saturday combined, they gave up 28 runs. That’s nasty. Man, it’s just bad right now. And Saturday was the day that I was hoping that we’d have a good game on the pitching side! I mean, most of the guys who threw on that day are the best of the pitching staff right now. I know, it’s still really early in the spring, and we have like four weeks ’til Opening Day. But I don’t understand how these guys could be so solid a week ago and are now falling apart all over the place.

The offense was bad. We scored six runs, sure, but the other team scored 15. Yeah. David Eckstein had a good game, with a double, RBI single, and sac fly. Brian Giles had an RBI single. Will Venable had two hits and drove in a run. Kouz got a hit and an RBI.

You just gotta laugh when the game gets that bad. I mean, the A’s were just pounding out run after run after run. It’s just a Spring Training game, no reason to get upset, might as well just laugh. We were getting killed. You never like to see you team do so miserably, but that game was just funny.

  • Sunday: 4-2 Rockies

OK, so what’s up with the Rockies? Once they get to face the Padres’ terrible pitching, they finally get it going and win some games! Figures. I knew they were going to get going soon.

Let’s see…Chris Young…first inning…three runs to Colorado. CY also pitched the second and gave up another run. This was only his third outing, so I guess he can have a bad day. But I am slightly consoled by the fact that he was the only pitcher who gave up runs yesterday. Nick Schmidt, Mike Ekstrom, and Will Inman had scoreless innings. But I am very pleased that Mat Latos had two scoreless innings. That has got to feel great for the young guy. Before yesterday’s outing, he had allowed four runs, three home runs, and six hits in two innings. I am very happy for him.

Offense? Travis Denker and Matt Antonelli drove in our runs. Chris Burke went 2-for-3. Nick Hundley had a triple. That was pretty much it. It wasn’t that great of a day for the Padres.

Today we are playing the Diamondbacks. Hmm, that’s going to be interesting. Cha Seung Baek is starting. He has not been doing well so far, but hopefully he will find his groove soon. Let’s see if we can get a “W” today!

GO PADRES!!  

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