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Beat by LA

  • 5-4 Dodgers

Chris Young started and threw two great innings. He just made one mistake to Mitch Jones, who hit a bomb to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. They added to that lead in the 5th with an unearned run when second baseman David Eckstein booted a ball. But the Padres grabbed one of those back with an RBI by Eckstein (redemption!) in the bottom of that inning. In the 6th, Gabe DeHoyos gave up three runs, including a two-run homer from Blake DeWitt to increase the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1. The Padres fought back a little, getting a run in the 6th and the 7th each. They also got a run in the bottom of the 9th, but it was not enough. We lost to the Dodgers 5-4.

Our pitchers actually did pretty well. CY only allowed one run, but otherwise was really sharp. Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Ernesto Frieri, Will Inman, and Mike Ekstrom all threw scoreless frames. Our hitters had 10 hits. Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley has two hits each. You know, we haven’t scored that many runs, but our hitting has been pretty good. We’ve scored four runs in the last three games.

Today is an off-day, the first of four this month for the Padres. Tomorrow we will be facing the Texas Rangers in Surprise with Cha Seung Baek starting.

My two younger brothers are playing baseball with the city this spring, and my brother’s first game was last night. It was so cool to watch some baseball, even at almost the lowest level of play! It was really cold, but I had my Padres blanket, so I was pretty good. It was a neat game. My brother’s team lost like 8-3, but it was really fun to watch. I will definitely be going to many more of his games! I’m thinking that I’ll start doing write-ups and keeping score. It would be good practice for me. Anyways, here’s a picture from early in the game:

IMG_3240.JPGAh yes, that beautiful San Diego sunset :)

Thank you for your great response to my latest tribute to Trevor. I feel like that is one of the best pieces I have ever written. It really just flowed from my heart to my fingers. So, thank you!

GO PADRES!

(photo: mine)

Padres Beat Trevor’s New Team!

  • 4-3 Padres

It was a great game. Josh Geer threw two innings and only allowed one run. Outfielder Emil Brown hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first after two walks to give the Padres a 3-0 lead. We did not give up that lead for the rest of the game. Pitcher Mat Latos, who is still trying to find home plate this spring, gave up a two-run homer that tied the game. But no worries, as infielder Travis Denker drove the winning run in with an RBI double in the fourth. Cesar Ramos (first round pick), Nick Schmidt (first round pick), Jae Kuk Ryu, Cesar Carrillo (first round pick), Ivan Nova, and Matt Buschmann all had scoreless innings. We really have a lot of great arms here in camp. It will be very interesting to see who will make it to the Opening Day roster!

And no, Trevor did not pitch. In fact, he wasn’t even with the team. He’s kind of doing his own thing this year. Like he preferred having a bullpen session to pitching in an actual game. Maybe he has to be taking it more easy because he’s getting so old (42). Or maybe he likes to stay as far away from his new teammates as he can. Who knows, but whatever Trevor thinks he needs to do to prepare for the season, the Brewers better let him do it. I do not doubt that Trevor and the Padres will meet again soon.

I listened to XX 1090 for while after the game, Darren Smith’s show. He’s actually out there in Peoria this week, so about 20 minutes after the game he talked to Buddy Black. It was an interesting interview. Buddy talked about a bunch of the players in camp who have a chance at the Opening Day roster. He sounded like he had a cold, but it was a good interview. Immediately after Buddy left, Heath Bell came on. I love Heath, I really do, and I really enjoy watching him pitch. But he’s the one who is going to be in Trevor’s spot this year. He’s not replacing Trevor, but he’s taking his spot. He kept saying how he’s the leader in the bullpen now. I really like Heath, and I’m sure he will do very well, but there’s that bitterness in the background, you know? I thought it was a pretty intense interview, or rather Heath was being really intense. He’s going to be a leader with his words in that clubhouse, there’s no doubt about it. He considers himself a kid, but he’s going to be really serious about his work. I know that. Even his wife considers him her “fourth child”. But I can tell that he’s going to bring a different intensity to the closer’s role. Trevor was always so cool, so calm. He just trotted out there and went about his business. But Heath is going to probably be more emotional on the mound. It’s going to be different ’cause Heath can throw a lot harder than Trevor. Plus, their styles of pitching are obviously different. Like Heath said, one of the hardest parts of this transition is winning over the fans. Heath is going to be playing in the WBC for USA. He just found out yesterday. Something funny he said in the interview was that he doesn’t talk to opposing batters because he wants them to think that he’s slightly crazy and wacko. But now he’s going to have to talk to his USA teammates! I guess he wouldn’t like the All-Star game much, then…  

Today we are facing the Dodgers! Talk about a rivalry. We are going to be facing them in Petco for the first four games of the regular season. That is going to be very interesting. At least they don’t have Manny (yet). Chris Young is starting against Chad Billingsley. Billingsley seems like the type of guy that we’ve hit hard in the past. We’ll have to see how it goes, but I think CY will be pretty solid. Unfortunately, Corey Brock does not have the lineup up yet. I got up too early this morning. Oh well. Hopefully we will roll out a good lineup that will hit the Dodgers hard. GO PADRES!!  

We didn’t lose, but we really should have won

CYoung.jpgAll in a day’s work, they say. Yesterday, in Chris Young’s first start of the season, he threw nine pitches, facing three batters and inducing one groundout and two flyouts. It was a very short and sweet inning, but Young was pleased with getting some work in.

In the next inning, pitcher Justin Hampson came into the game. He probably got the worst of it, allowing three runs on three hits.

In the bottom of the second, though, my Padres fought back a little. Newcomer Henry Blanco hit a huge home run to cut Seattle’s lead to 3-2. The Mariners added a run in the 5th.

But in the eighth, my Padres said, “We’re not done yet!” Thanks to a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, we inched closer to the Mariner’s precarious lead. In the 9th, we went single, double to get the tying run accross the plate.

And so, the game went into the 10th. It was a bit of a hairy top 10 for Padres’ pitcher Greg Burke, but he got us out of it unscathed. Talk about a disappointing bottom of the 10th, though. It looked like it was going really well. Rookie Mitch Canham started the inning with a single, and stole second while Edgar Gonzalez was batting. Edgar grounded out, but he moved the runner to third. It was beautiful. Chad Huffman then walked, but his run didn’t mean a thing. Colt Morton then popped out to short. Well, that didn’t get the runner in! Travis Denker then struck out to end the ballgame. I mean, there was a guy on third with ONE out, and he wasn’t knocked in. I’m not frustrated as much about the fact that we didn’t win, but I watched this situation so many times last year. We’ve gotta work on that.

Anyways, it was a pretty cool game. Ten pitchers pitched. WHY do we still have Joe Thatcher?? I cannot stand Joe Thatcher!!! He just CANNOT pitch!! Ugh. But all of the pitchers did pretty well. It was really neat to hear a couple of our first round picks from a few years ago who have had a lot of injuries and problems over the years. Cesar Carrillo allowed a run, but it’s great that he was even out there pitching! It was neat to hear Nick Schmidt’s scoreless inning. We’ve got some great arms in camp right now.

Another cool highlight was that new left fielder Emil Brown threw out a runner at home. We’ve thrown out two runners at home in two consecutive games. I think that’s pretty cool! But our baserunning wasn’t exactly the best. We got thrown out at the plate once, and we got picked off of first TWICE!! Ah well.

Well, I did keep score of the game. It was interesting, and it actually didn’t get too crazy. Except my scorebook doesn’t have an option for extra innings, so I had to improvise. Someday I will look back at that game and I’ll say, “What on earth was I thinking?” But it was so much fun to listen to Ted Leitner and Jerry Coleman again. It really has been a long time! Those two guys are so much fun to listen to, and it was just really cool.

Today we are playing the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear. Here’s the lineup:

  • CF Scott Hairston
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  • DH Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • LF Chase Headley
  • 3B Edgar Gonzalez
  • RF Will Venable
  • C Nick Hundley
  • SS Luis Rodriguez

And starting is RHP Cha Seung Baek, along with pitchers Jae Kuk Ryu, Mat Latos, Will Inman, Ivan Nova, Oneli Perez, Gabe DeHoyos, and Wilton Lopez. GO PADRES!!! 

(photo credit: Union Tribune)  

PADRES WIN!!

 
kouzmanoff%20hr.jpgExhibition or no, the Padres won their first game of the season yesterday, 4-3. It was a really great game for my Padres. Jake Peavy started and allowed a hit but induced a double-play grounder to get out of the inning. Soon-to-be-closer Heath Bell allowed two runs and four hits in his second. But new second baseman David Eckstein just missed one of those hits, and another one of the hits fell between three fielders. It was definitely the first game of the season…The Padres got on the board with a two-run bomb from my boy Kevin Kouzmanoff (pictured). I totally called that he was going to hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez also drove in a run. The Mariners tied the game at 3 in the 9th off of Oneli Perez. But in the bottom of the tenth, the Padres walked-off with an RBI double by Kyle Blanks! Another highlight from this game were three double plays. Also, Chase Headley threw out a runner at the plate from left field!

It was a really good game for my Padres. I mean, we only had 7 hits to Seattle’s 12, but we got the job done. All of our pitchers were pretty good! And our hitters drew 7 walks. I think that’s a really good thing. You know, even though this game doesn’t mean anything even to Spring Training games, a win is a win. I’ve been waiting for this win since September 28! Just kidding. But it really has been a long time. Wins just feel so good! I went through a lot of losses last year, and it’s just really important that we win some games this year. It was just an exhibition game, but it was a win. WHOOOHOOO!

This afternoon we are playing the Mariners again. And this time, it will actually “mean” something. No, it’s not like the Cactus League has a championship or anything, but now we start keeping track of our record and stuff. Here’s the lineup:

  • #33 CF Jody Gerut
  • #8 2B Chris Burke
  • #24 RF Brian Giles
  • #16 DH Cliff Floyd
  • #49 LF Emil Brown
  • #66 1B Kyle Blanks
  • #28 C Henry Blanco
  • #18 3B Travis Denker

Starting is RHP Chris Young followed by Matt Buschmann, Justin Hampson, Joe Thatcher, Cesar Carrillo, Edwin Moreno, Nick Schmidt, Arturo Lopez, and Chad Reineke.

I am seriously going to lock myself in my room with an energy bar (since the game starts at lunchtime) and a bottle of water. I was going to keep score, but I am seriously debating if I really want to do that. It might be a good challenge though…we’ll see. But this afternoon, I am going to listen to Padres baseball. GO PADRES!!!!!   

Looking Ahead to the 2009 Padres

Welcome to 2009! I think this will be a great year in MLB. It will just be great to have baseball back! And I’m sure Spring Training will be here before we know it! I am very excited.

So, last night the MLB Network launched. It’s really exciting for the world of baseball fans. But not so much for me, because I don’t have cable, and as a result I don’t get to watch ANY baseball on TV, not to mention the MLB Network. So, am I less of a fan because I can’t watch baseball 24/7….just kidding. If I did have it, I would be glued to the TV 24/7 and my family and friends would hate me. It would also wear severely on my education, and I don’t think my parents would let me do that. Oh well.

But anyways, 2009 is here. The Padres this year are going to look a lot different than the team last year. I would like to look at some of the players who were on the team last year, and how different it will be this year.

 

year in review bud black st.jpgBUD BLACK, MANAGER

Last year, the second year manager was going into the season after a 89-74 record the year before. His team had been one game away from the playoffs. But last year, something went horribly wrong. He was put in charge of a team that lost 99 games. I really do not think it was his fault. He has the ability to coach a team far into the postseason, if he has the right pieces. He doesn’t have enough pieces here, though. In 2009, he’s going to have to lead a team made up of mostly rookies. Let’s see what he can do with them.

year in review catchers.jpgJOSH BARD AND MICHAEL BARRETT, CATCHERS

Josh Bard went into 2008 with a fairly good season under his belt. He was at one point in 2007 our best player with runners in scoring position. But 2008 was not so great for Bardo. He was riddled with injuries for the majority of the season. He did have a few good games, but he was not that great in 2008. Michael Barrett was not our guy. In 2007 and 2008, he was plagued with injuries, and in the time he did play, he was bad. He was very frustrating to the fans. He just never turned on. Josh Bard is going to the Red Sox for 2009. That will be very interesting, but very exciting for me. I love the Red Sox and I love Bardo, so it works out. I don’t know where Barrett will end up. Maybe he can go somewhere and have a good season. We’ll see.

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CHRIS YOUNG, STARTING PITCHER

Last year, CY came into Spring Training after a frustrating oblique strain in 2007. He was able to regain his old form for part of the season, but was never the same after he got hit in the face with a batted ball. He was able to salvage a bit of the season though. Going into 2009, he will be the #2 starter behind Jake Peavy. Hopefully he will be able to stay injury-free this season. This guy is a good pitcher, and he’s a solid part of our rotation. If he can stay healthy, he will be a positive part of this rotation.

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JAKE PEAVY, STARTING PITCHER

Jake went into the 2008 season with the NL CY Young award and a new contract extension. Things did not go very well for Jake, though. He was out with an injury, and his offense couldn’t score runs for him. He did do a fairly good job, considering, but he finished the season with a 10-11 record. You know that Jake was not happy about that. After enduring trade talks for the past few months, hopefully he is here to stay for the 2009 season. Believe me, we need this guy in our rotation. He brings so much to the team, and it would be a huge blow to give him away. Hopefully he can return to his form of 2007.

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ADRIAN GONZALEZ, FIRST BASEMAN

Adrian was really good in 2007. He was amazing in 2008. He was such a positive on this horrible team, it was incredible to see. Adrian’s all about teamwork, the team effort, but he had a wonderful season induvidually. 36 home runs, 119 RBIs, and he won a Gold Glove. I don’t think he had a game off during the season. He doesn’t complain, he just goes out there every day and plays baseball. He’s very humble, and he does a lot of charity work. It’s pretty amazing. This year, he will be the first baseman. He’s almost becoming a veteran on this team of young guys!

SCOTT HAIRSTON, OUTFIELDER                                                                         
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Last year, Scotty was fighting for a spot in the outfield. This year, he will be doing the same thing. He will probably be on the bench (again), but he’s not a bench player. He does a lot better when he can play every day. Unforunately, our outfield situation is pretty much locked up with Chase Headley, Jody Gerut, and Brian Giles. But we’ll see. Hopefully Scotty can find a spot on this team. He really is a great player; he’s hit 4 or 5 walk-offs for us in the last two years. Plus he can play a wonderful center and left. He filled in very nicely when Jody Gerut needed a day or two last year.

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EDGAR GONZALEZ, INFIELDER

Last offseason, Edgar was signed to a minor league deal with the Padres. This was pretty exciting because 1) He has grown up watching the Padres, and 2) he would be joining his younger brother Adrian. Edgar didn’t make the Opening Day roster, because Tadahito Iguchi had his position of second, but when Iguchi went down with an injury, Edgar was called up. He made his major league debut after 8 years in the minors. How incredible is that? And doing it on his younger brother’s team no less! He was really good with us, too. This year, he looks to be the starting second baseman.

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TREVOR HOFFMAN, CLOSER

Last year, Trevor was coming off a heartbreaking blown save. He did get a little cleanup surgery for his elbow in the offseason, and he was as good as new going into 2008. He wasn’t the best record-wise, but he was so sharp mechanics-wise. In fact, his stuff was the best it’s been in years. But the Trevor-bashers were out in hordes. A blown save, and they screamed to kick him off the team. It was pretty sad. Trevor finished pretty well. He had 30 saves. He is the best closer of our time, with 554 saves in his career. It’s pretty amazing. After bad negotiations with the Padres, he is now a free agent. Maybe the Padres will still be able to get him back. We’ll see. The fans would really like him back!!

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HEATH BELL, PITCHER

Last year, he was just getting ready for his role as set-up man to Trevor Hoffman. This year, he might have to replace Trevor Hoffman. How do you replace a guy like Trevor Hoffman? Heath has 1 career save; Trevor has 554. Heath has the closer’s mentality. He’s said that he would be willing to replace Trevor someday…but only if Trevor handed off the role to him. I’m sure Heath would be content with staying in the set-up role if Trevor was able to come back. But right now, it looks like Heath will be the closer for this team. That’s pretty sad. I mean, it’s great for Heath, but the Padres have had 1 closer for 15 years. We want that closer back.

Many other players have taken different directions, are doing different things. This team will be very different. But general manager Kevin Towers has said that the majority of our signings will be late January to early February. We could still have a great team. And I think it will be a pretty good year of Padres baseball.

Padres, Rain, and Christmas

There is not much going on in baseball right now. Well, the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett, I guess that’s big news. The Padres non-tendered Clay Hensley and Charlie Haegar recently. Now, Haegar I can understand. He is a knuckleballer, and not too good at it. He lost at least 3 games for us, I’d say. It was kind of sick. But Clay Hensley is a bit of a head-scratcher. Clay is a fairly good pitcher, and he’s been with the Padres for quite a while. But he has been riddled with injuries for the past few years. It’s kind of sad, because he is a great guy, but obviously the Padres don’t have him in their plans.

Speaking of plans, let’s take a look at the Padres rotation for 2009. We will (hopefully) have Jake Peavy, Chris Young, and Cha Sueng Baek. From what I’ve heard, the other two spots will be filled by young guys who pitched with us in ’08, like Josh Geer. I am guessing that the other spot will be filled by a young pitcher. We’ll probably get to look at a lot of guys in Spring Training. Wade LeBlanc and Chad Reinike might get some looks, but it’s very likely that we will get another starter sometime this offseason.

The weather is so beautiful here in San Diego. It is raining like crazy, and it’s supposed to rain all day. I absolutely love the rain. It’s like amazing.

Well, it’s certainly starting to feel like Christmas, even in San Diego. I have three Christmas parties this week…

 

Defense is the Name of the Game

  • 6-5 Mets

It was a weird game tonight. Chris Young did really well, allowing 1 hit over 5 and a third innings. He did walk a few guys. The bullpen was not good tonight. Finally, after a long string of quality innings, Mike Adams gave up a big 3-run homer that erased our 2-1 lead. Hampson and Hensley gave up runs. The defense was amazing, for both sides. There were some key catches that, if not made, would have changed the game. There was also a bizarre play in the eighth. Padres were throwing the ball all over the place and it cost a run. On the offense side, we hit three home runs. We had 11 hits to New York’s 6!! Kouz with his 16th homer, and Adrian with his 27th. In the top of the 9th, Hundley and Hairston got on with one out. Jody Gerut comes up and hits a three-run bomb. So, now it’s only 6-5 Mets. But of course, with one out, we wouldn’t score again. So, it’s just another loss. We have 70 losses. I don’t want to depress anyone, but if Arizona wins tonight, we will be 16 games back. Since I’ve gone and depressed you, I have something to be thankful for: cHRIS yOUNG.jpgWe aren’t Seattle. They are 27 games behind. Some comfort, right? Anyway, there’s a new game tomorrow. Cha Sueng Baek vs. Pedro Martinez. I think we need to make a trade. Go Padres!! 

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