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Killing the Gem

Last night, Jake Peavy pitched an absolute gem.

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Eight innings, two hits, one walk. Eight strikeouts. That was Jake Peavy out there in Dodger Stadium last night. He’s had some bad outings, some OK outings, but this was definitely one of his best. He’s always owned the Dodgers, and last night was no different.

JakePeavy_2006_017.jpgBut on the other side, Clayton Kershaw was shutting down my Padres. Kershaw has been pretty good against us, and he held us to four hits and two walks for seven innings. We got nothing against three Dodgers relievers.

The whole story of this game was the ninth inning. Scoreless game, Duaner Sanchez comes in to pitch. He allowed a single, then two walks.

He’s trying to get out of this inning, send the game into extras to give his team a chance. He’s got the bases loaded, but two outs. Russell Martin comes to the plate.

Swinging strike. Good. Ball. Ball in dirt. Not good. Then FOUR foul balls. That must have been really stressing for all the people listening to the game. Then another ball. We’ve got a full count. Yet another foul.

The tension is at its climax here. The runners on all the bases crouch, ready to sprint to the next stop. Sanchez is dripping sweat. He wipes his face nervously, but it doesn’t help the sweat that much. He glances over his shoulders, checking the dancing runners. Finally he turns to his catcher, picking up the sign.

The crowd of 47,210 is on their feet, cheering with all they’ve got. Full count…Sanchez finally throws the pitch…it sails to home plate…and it’s a ball.

Game over. 1-0 Dodgers.

Man.

Sanchez has been terrible. I’m sorry, but we really need to get rid of him. He’s done nothing but help us lose ever since the beginning of the season. You just can’t put a guy like that in a scoreless game, bottom of the ninth. I have no idea why Buddy didn’t take him out. But let me tell you, I wouldn’t be suprised if he got sent down soon. I would be relieved. (Get it? Relieved, relievers in the bullpen? Haha? Wow, that’s bad!!)

Jake, I mean, WOW. He did an incredible job out there, owning the Dodgers as he usually does. He deserved that win. I am so glad that he had a solid outing. He needed it, his team needed it, and the fans needed it. Unfortunately, we can’t even win when Jake gives us a near-perfect outing. Reminds me of last year…

That’s what’s scaring me. We’re 11-12 right now, having lost nine out of our last eleven. This year is starting to remind me of last year. We’re not hitting, our bullpen is miserable, and we’re losing. I’m really worried about this team right now.

I had hoped that we would be able to at least split this series with the Dodgers. We would have to win the next two games to do that. I just am not seeing a winning team right now. I’m pretty sure we can get this game tonight, but I don’t know if we could handle winning two games in a row. 

I don’t know what to do with this team. I mean, there’s nothing I can personally do, but I don’t know what the front office can do either. We definitley need new pitching, starting and bullpen. Our hitters…I have no idea. We got four hits total last night, but we were going against a really good pitcher (I wonder how much longer I can use that excuse!).

We aren’t hitting that great. Quite a few of our guys are off to sloooow starts. We definitely aren’t pitching, especially at the end of the bullpen.

I’m not pressing this yet…

panic-button.jpg…but this team has got to get it going. We need to play hard. We need to be able to beat the really good teams like the Dodgers. We have to be able to if we want to go anywhere in this division.

Tonight it’s an Opening Week re-match of Chris Young and Randy Wolf. Last time they met on that second game of the season, CY came out on top. I was at that game :)

Hopefully, our second ace will be able to pull of an excellent outing. And our hitters had better give him some support. And the bullpen had better not give up so much as a run, or else…

sd-go-padres.jpg(photo credits: files.turbosquid.com, chrisoleary.com, zillow.com, gorirrajoe.com) 

Don’t Tell Me That We’re Bad

It feels great to defend your team to another baseball fan, doesn’t it?

The Padres had a terrible weekend, and I’m blaming the Pirates. We lost 10-1 on Saturday, and 8-3 yesterday. I truly don’t believe that that was our fault.

On Saturday, the Pirates started off by facing an injured pitcher for two innings, getting three runs off of him. Then they just kept adding on, inning after inning after inning. All the amazing things you’ve heard about this Pirates team? They’re true. They can pitch, and their whole lineup can hit. They are really good. We haven’t seen this in Pittsburgh for a loooooong time, but you’d better believe it. They are playing some excellent ball right now. They were even able to beat the second-in-the-NL-West-amazing Padres!!

Saturday, Zach Duke completely shut us down. Completely, utterly, fully. We were powerless to hit him. We got six hits and one run in the entire game, and he threw 8.1 innings. It was really sad, but Duke was good. Just like his lineup, who was supporting him way more than he needed. We lost 10-1. Yay for the Pirates. They were extremely good.

Sunday. Rubber game. Jake Peavy. Should have been enough for us. We got Jake a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Adrian Gonzalez’s seventh homer of the year (and he is not the only good hitter in our garbage bin lineup!!!). It was the longest homer ever hit in Petco Park at 458 feet. He hit that off the Pirates’ pitcher, obviously. Now was that a credit to the pitcher’s bad pitch, or Adrian’s raw power (we have a lot of other guys who have raw power too)? Anyway, it was a huge blast. 

My boys weren’t able to support Jake, though. They kept leaving runners in in essential situations, and that came back to bite them. Ohlendorf was pretty good.

The Pirates were good enough to bite back and chip away at Jake, eventually taking the lead on a huge three-run homer. I agree that Jake wasn’t all the way on his game, but the Pirates were able to take advantage of that. Jake is known to make things work even when his stuff isn’t the greatest. But it was the Pirates who were able hit him, and to bring their team back on top.

Were we pathetic? Oh yeah. But it was only because of the Pirates! We are going to play Colorado for three games now. I think we will be a lot better against our NL West rivals who are 3.5 games behind us in the NL West.

Our lineup is good. We made do with what we had. Some of us don’t have millions and millions to build a team (how’s that going for you, Yankees?). Some of us have to go dumpster diving. Some of us have to get the players that nobody’s heard of just to get by. Some of us get to watch really old players and really young players. Some of us don’t have to money to keep players like Trevor Hoffman.

Our center fielders are two excellent ballplayers in Scott Hairston and Jody Gerut. We found Jody in the Venezuelan winter leagues two years ago. He had not played baseball for a few years after having surgery in both knees. Look at him now…a stellar outfielder and he can hit too.

Scott Hairston? Got him from the Diamondbacks near the end of the 2007 season. That was a big mistake on Arizona’s part. They almost lost the division because of it. He’s still going strong.

What about Kevin Kouzmanoff? Sure, he’s getting off to a slow start, but he’s an amazing defender and he’s got some pop.

David Eckstein? This guy has made the lineup so much better than it was last year, it’s incredible! He doesn’t go for the long ball, but he plays hard and he gets done what needs to be done. This guy is amazing! He is certainly an great part of the lineup!

Brian Giles!! This guy has had a slow start as well, but he can hit. His defense has been incredible, especially at PETCO. This guy is a hitter, you should know that.

Chase Headley. He’s a rookie, sure, but he’s going to be a good player. He can bring a lot to the plate.

Nick Hundley probably won’t be as good as a hitter as he is a catcher, but he can run into one once in a while.

We have a lineup. We have a good lineup. Not to mention Adrian Gonzalez of course, but he is not carrying this lineup. He is not the only one who can hit. He has his slumps, his problems.

Pinch-hitters. Both of our pinch-hitters had hits yesterday. We have so many great players. Remember, a player doesn’t have to be well-known to be good.

These Padres can play. We’re good. We just got shut down by the hot Pirates.

We’re 10-8. We are second in the NL West, behind only the Dodgers. In fact, the Padres and the Dodgers are the only teams in the NL West who are over .500.  

Wow, ranting is really tiring. That really took a lot out of me. Just don’t tell me that my Padres are “bad” (to put it nicely), OK? We’re not. We may look like it, but we’re not. The Padres and the Pirates are going to be good this year. We’ve both suprised a lot of people. I just wonder how long it will last…for both of these teams.

Tonight we are playing the Rockies for the first time this year. The man who’s been coming through all year and seems more of an ace than Jake, Chris Young, will be starting against Jason Hammell. Hmmm… 

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

Going Home

I’m staring out into the night,
Trying to hide the pain.
I’m going to the place where love
And feeling good don’t ever cost a thing.
And the pain you feel’s a different kind of pain.

Well I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I’m not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don’t regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,
So I’m going home.
Well I’m going home.

The miles are getting longer, it seems,
The closer I get to you.
I’ve not always been the best man or friend for you.
But your love remains true.
And I don’t know why.
You always seem to give me another try.

So I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I’m not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don’t regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,

Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don’t want.
Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.

Oh, well I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I’m not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don’t regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I’m going home.
I’m going home.

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daughtry.jpgThe Padres are coming home tonight, back to San Diego, back to PETCO Park. I put the bridge of that great song by Daughtry in bold because that’s my favorite part of the song. Reminds me that anything can happen. Even the Padres winning the World Series.

Kevin Correia against Ian Snell. Let’s do this, boys.

GO PADRES!!

 
(photo credits: images.barnesandnoble.com

lyrics: “Home” by Daughtry azlyrics.com)

Slammed Out

  • 8-3 Giants

Jake Peavy started the game, giving up six runs in six innings on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. It was not pretty. We all expected Jake to be dominating, but from the beginning of the game, he didn’t really have it on. The big blow was a grand slam hit by Edgar Renteria in the fourth. That was bad.

It’s really too bad that Jake wasn’t able to get it on. That grand slam was the first he’s given up in his career, a span of 1,284 1/3 innings. I feel really bad for him, ’cause I know he’s really upset at himself for not performing as he should be. Hopefully he will be able to get locked in soon!

Our offense wasn’t the greatest. Matt Cain shut us down pretty well. We got a run in the first on a Brian Giles single. In the third, there was a strange play. Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley were on base when Kouz hit a booming double to deep right-center field. Adrian was being cautious, but Chase could see that the ball wasn’t going to get caught. As a result, they were literally on each other’s heels. Adrian slid into the plate, the ball came into the catcher, and Chase leaped over the catcher, getting himself tagged out. The umpire pointed to Chase, signalling him out, the pointed to Adrian, who had scrambled back and touched the plate. He was safe. It was bizarre! I’ve never seen anything like it. Kouz ended up at third, but was stranded there.

We got another run in the top of the ninth from a Brian Giles single, but that was it. We had 14 hits, but that was it. The Giants pitching held us down, that’s for sure.

The Giants got two runs off of Luis Perdomo, who threw 1.2 innings. Frankie De La Cruz threw one pitch to get out of the eighth.

It was a pretty sad game. We thought our ace would be able to take care of those Giants, but he wasn’t. We weren’t able to score runs when we had the chances. Frustrating…that’s what I would call it. But today is a new day.

It’s a 12:45 pm game, which is one of the most strange starting times I’ve seen. Chris Young will be pitching against Barry Zito. What a matchup! This will hopefully be a great game.

Yesterday, the Padres did a little reversing. They had traded Chris Burke to the Mariners for cash considerations, but then they traded cash considerations for Chris Burke yesterday.

chris burke.jpgSo in a way, the Mariners were just taking care of him until we found a spot for him. I think it’s great that he’s back with the Padres. He was with the team for most of Spring Training, so he already knows all the guys. Plus, he’s been playing in the NL West with the Diamondbacks for a few years. Or year.

Anyways, I hope we have a really great game today!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: padres.com) 

Opening Day is Not Far Away!!

  • 5-2 Indians

This was a game that kind of went over my head. I listened to the first half of the first inning, where the Padres got one run, then I decided to see if I could listen to the game and read a facinating book at the same time. Well, the book won. I actually turned off the radio and just read. By the way, if you’re into thick adventure books, you have got to check out this series by Stephen Lawhead. It’s called the King Raven Trilogy, and it is excellent. I’m working on the third book right now.

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Where was I? Ah yes, the game. Well, Kevin Correia started, giving up three runs on five hits in five innings. He also walked three batters. So, it was a decent outing, but he hasn’t had a spectacular outing at all this spring. Frankie De La Cruz threw two innings, giving up one run. Greg Burke threw an inning and allowed a run. So, the pitching was average.

The hitting was average. We took a 2-0 lead, but the pitching gave it up. Five hits and six left on base, you know. AVERAGE. This roster is shaping up, though. We’re getting so close to Opening Day!

Kyle Blanks was sent to Minor League camp yesterday. The best player of the spring, he will start the season at Triple-A. But as I recall, something very much like this happened last spring. The Padres’ most prized prospect, Chase Headley, was sent to Triple-A after a stellar spring. He joined the major-league team in June. Blanks has it harder, though, since he doesn’t have a position to play on the club. He plays first base; there’s another guy named Adrian Gonzalez who has first base taken care of. But the Padres will find a place for him to play.

Guess what? Trevor’s going on the 15-day DL!! Look what the Brewers have done to him!! This is really sad because this is only the second time in his 16-year career that he’s been on the DL. He never should have left the Padres! He needs to be with the trainers who know how to take care of him, the ones who have been working with him for years! Argh. Brewers, take care of the old man. Please. The Padres need him next year!!

I am so excited for Opening Day! It’s going to be so much fun to be able to hear some “real” baseball – games that matter. It’s going to be so much fun to hear Jake Peavy’s performance. He’s going to be good, especially against the Dodgers.

I need to get out to an Opening Day game someday. It would be so neat to be in that atmosphere, to be at the very first game of the season. I would love to see Jake pitch for the first time of the season. I think I’ve seen Jake pitch three times, and it’s so much fun to watch. He’s just getting strikeout after strikeout, and he’s not giving up anything. It would be so much fun to be out there on Opening Day. I must do it someday!!

Tonight is my brother’s eighth game. It will be very fun to watch, and let’s see if those Pirates can win their sixth game in a row!

Tonight is also a big playoff game between the San Diego State Aztecs and the Baylor Bears. Go Aztecs!

And the Padres are playing tonight against the Brewers. They should pound Milwaukee for hurting our Trevor. Well, at least Trevor won’t be pitching. Walter Silva, who will very likely be in the rotation, is pitching for the Padres.

We only have two more Cactus League games after tonight’s game! Then we have the SoCal series against the Angels on Friday and Saturday, and then Fan Day on Sunday, and Opening Day on Monday!! Very exciting!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: blog.brandhatchery.com, pe.com)    

Review of a BUSY Weekend

Ah, it’s so great to be back to blogging after a busy weekend! I’ve got a lot to tell you guys, so hang in there! Lots of interesting stuff happened this weekend…

PADRES GAMES

  • Saturday against the Indians: 8-6 Indians

It was a pretty good game from the Padres’ side, actually. Cha Seung Baek started, not allowing a baserunner until he gave up a bunt single in the third. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. I think he’s getting a little better. Justin Hampson has been falling apart a bit lately. He gave up four runs on three hits. Arturo Lopez gave up two runs. But the other three pitchers did well.

The hitting highlight of this game was probably outfielder Drew Macias. He had three hits and a great defensive game as well. Cliff Floyd drove in two runs, and Luis Rodriguez had an RBI. I think we did pretty well in this game. Obviously the pitching is still struggling, but I seriously think that the hitters are ready to go. They’ve been in camp for a while, and they are ready. But there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made, so it’s good that some of these guys are getting as many ABs as possible. This half of the Padres lost 8-6. 

  • Saturday against the Giants: 8-4 Padres

We won half of this split-squad thingy! If you had asked me, I would have said that the team in Peoria would have won, but no. It was the Scottsdale team that came out on top.

Cesar Ramos started the game and threw three scoreless innings. I am very pleased that he had a good outing. He probably won’t make the team out of Spring Training, but he has struggled this spring, so it’s good to see him put up some zeros there. Walter Silva pitched two scoreless innings, which is great! Silva is on loan to the Padres from a team in Mexico, and we’re taking a look at him for as potential starter in the rotation. Thing is, he hurt his ankle and Saturday was his first outing this spring. I am very glad that he pitched well, though! Jae Kuk Ryu and Will Inman each gave up two runs. But otherwise, the pitching did pretty well!

Chase Headley and Nick Hundley each hit a two-run double in this game. Kyle Blanks hit his second homer of the spring, driving in two runs. Very cool. My boy Kevin Kouzmanoff also had two hits. Yay! We seem to hit Matt Cain pretty well. At least lately. When we faced him in a game in September, we killed him, getting like five runs in the bottom of the first. And here again, he gave up five runs to us. Interesting. And so, this half (the better half?) of the Padres won 8-4. Great game!

  • Sunday against the Rangers: 10-7 Rangers

Well. Not so great game for my Padres, or should I say, their pitching!!! Let’s see…Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs in two innings, Nick Schmidt gave up six runs without getting an out, and Josh Banks gave up a run. I don’t remember who Josh Banks is. He might have come up to the majors last year, but I’m not sure…oh wait, I remember him now. He must have been in the minor league camp so far. Anyways, Joe Thatcher threw a scoreless inning, even getting three strikeouts around two hits. He still needs to go way down to the minors.

Chad Huffman hit a homer and got three hits. Pete Ciofrone also hit a homer. Chris Snelling (more about him later) had a double and drove in three runs. Brett Dowdy had two hits.

And so, we lost. But it was a great game on the hitting side. If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. Jerry Coleman is brilliant.

MY BROTHER’S GAME

So, my brother played his fourth game of the season on Saturday afternoon. It was a great game! Pirates against the Marlins, and the Pirates came out on top, 7-2. First of all, the Marlins pitching was not very good. My brother got on base for the very first time in his baseball career by getting walked on four really wide pitches. So, when he’s in the majors some 12-15 years from now, he can say that he got on base for the first time by getting walked on four pitches. How neat! The reporters will be all over that. Just kidding :)

 Anyways, in the last inning (which happened to be the fifth), the Marlin’s pitching was going nuts. Strikeout, walk, walk, hit by pitch, hit by pitch, walk, walk. Yeah, pretty crazy. In fact, their pitching gave up nine walk in five innings! But now, the most exciting part (to our family): my brother got hit-by-pitch! But not just any ordinary HBP. He got it with the bases loaded! Now he can tell the reporters when he makes his major league debut that he got his first ever RBI by getting hit-by-pitch from a pitcher who was not very good! And he didn’t get hit badly. I think he got it in the shoulder/upper arm area. It was certainly a little sore the next day, but he was fine. Pretty cool! My mom and I were just sitting there laughing. It was pretty amazing!

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

Now, the WBC. Mexico is very close to elimination, but with my Gonzalez boys on that team, they have a chance to get back into this thing. I think it was a really great weekend at Petco Park. Some great games were played. And Team USA is still in it for now.

JAKE PEAVY

But now I must have a little rant. About Jake Peavy. Yes, Padres ace and face of the organization is pitching with Team USA right now. He’s had two outings, and he’s given up eight runs in five innings. He’s also given up five walks. I am really worried about him. I feel like he’s pushing himself way too hard way too early. He only had two outings with the Padres before he left. He’s been put into this “playoff” atmosphere, and I know how much pride he has about playing with that USA on his chest. But I really think he is pushing himself too hard. And I’m worried that this will carry over to the season. Last time the WBC came around, Jake gave up three runs in eight innings. That was the year that he got hurt. Can you believe the blow it would be to this Padres team if Jake isn’t in top form this year?? Well, we saw it last year, when Jake was out with that elbow problem. That along with the 22-inning game killed our season. We can’t lose our ace. Not again. So, I hate to say it, but I really hope Jake can get back into camp soon. He really needs to slow it down. Come back to us, Jake!!!!!!!!!!

UM, EDGAR…??

edgar laughing.jpgI just had to share this picture. I mean, is that creepy or what? In the photo caption on MLB.com, it said that Edgar was sharing a laugh with his brother Adrian. Looks more like Edgar is yelling at his younger brother. Poor Adrian, always getting lectured by his older, shorter brother. Just kidding, the Gonzalez brothers have a great relationship. And though I have no doubt that Edgar really was laughing in this picture, I just had to poke fun at him. It is a pretty funny picture!

NEW SIGNEES

The Padres signed two players to minor league deals over the weekend: outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Duaner Sanchez. Now, the outfielder move is really questionable in my mind. We don’t need another outfielder! Maybe they want him for his bat. But I mean, our outfield is all locked up. We’ve got Jody Gerut in center, Brian Giles in right, and Chase Headley in left. Plus, we’ve got Scott Hairston and Will Venable, who are stellar outfielders. I don’t think we have a place for Snelling, but he sounds like a good player. As for the new pitcher, hey, we need arms that don’t give up ten runs a game. So let’s see if he can pitch!

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Well, the Padres are off today. Tomorrow we will play The Angels Angels in Peoria. GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: MLB.com)   

Padres Win Against Team Korea

  • 10-4 Padres

What a game! Last night, the Padres played Team Korea in an exhibition game. The Padres played a great game.

Kevin Correia started, throwing four innings and giving up one hit and one walk. It’s looking even more likely that this guy will get the fourth spot in our rotation, and I think he’s doing great. I mean, four innings and one hit. That’s pretty good, my friends. Pretty great! Wade LeBlanc took the mound next and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits. LeBlanc has been struggling a bit this spring, so it’s great to see him have some solid innings there. Ivan Nova got hit the hardest, giving up four runs on five hits. But Scott Patterson had a scoreless hitless inning to end the game. I am so glad that our pitching is getting back to form!

On the hitting side, we did very well. We had 14 hits and 10 runs! Brian Giles had three hits in three ABs and drove in two runs. Giles is old, and he’s had a lot of injury problems, but boy can he hit! If he can stay healthy and out of jail, he will be really good for us this year. Chase Headley had two two-run doubles. Yay! Kyle Blanks had a RBI. Cliff Floyd and Jody Gerut each had two hits. Nick Hundley threw out a potential basestealer!

Definitely a great game for my Padres. The pitching was great, and we hit very well. It was a feel-good game.

Today we are playing the Brewers. I bet Trevor’s going to pitch. I mean, he’s gotta face us sometime. I really hope I don’t miss it, though. So, we’ll see how that’s going to go. He probably won’t pitch. I don’t know. All that matters is that we win the game! Hopefully I will get to listen to a lot of this game.

  • CF Drew Macias
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • RF Emil Brown
  • 1B Kyle Blanks
  • LF Will Venable
  • C Eliezer Alfonso
  • SS Everth Cabrera
  • SP Josh Geer

Geer is going four innings, then Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Chad Reineke, Matt Buschmann, Cesar Carrillo.

GO PADRES!! 

First Win of the Season!

  • 10-4 Pirates

No, the major league Padres were not playing the major league Pirates yesterday. Rather, my brother’s team, the Pirates, were playing the Rockies, and the Pirates came out on top with their first win of the season!

The Pirates had a great game, starting it off with two runs in the bottom of the first. They added one in the second, two in the fourth, and five in the fifth. One of our kids got an inside- the-park home run. It’s so funny to watch these 9- and 10-year-olds play baseball! The fifth was definitely our best inning. We went walk, strikeout, walk, single, triple, triple, and single. It was great. I really enjoyed watching the game, and watching them beat the Rockies, too! I think our three pitchers only allowed one or two hits, though we walked a lot of guys.

I have really enjoyed watching this baseball so far. It’s just a lot of fun! So, I scored the game with my scorebook last night. It was really hard! I made a few glaring mistakes, like thinking that a guy had been struck out when he was still batting…there was a balk, so things got a little confusing. It was seriously hard, but I want to do it again. I know I’m not going to be perfect, but I think I can do better. It didn’t help that my pencil ran out of lead, and that I discovered that I have absolutely no writing implements in my purse. I will have to work on that. Thankfully, my dad had a pencil on him, so I was able to finish off the game. I am so glad that I’m not the official scorer! But I really enjoy keeping score, and I hope to improve as the season goes on.

But oh boy, it was so cold out there! I had my Padres blanket, as well as my super fuzzy blanket, but I was so intent on scoring that I didn’t actually put them on. My hand was so numb!! I could barely write! But I made it. Wow, it was just really cold. Really really really cold. I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as what some of you guys are in right now, but this is San Diego! We aren’t used to cold like this!

One of the really interesting parts of this league is that all the umpires are teenage guys! I’ve really enjoyed watching the three different umpires and the way they call the games. There’s the home plate umpire, and then a umpire who patrols the bases. Strikes are usually pretty low. It makes sense, since most of these kids are pretty short, but I personally feel like the strike should be a little higher. But that’s the way they do it, so I guess we’ll have to deal with it. We’ll probably get an umpire later in the season who has a high strike, but we’ll see. The pitchers are all pretty good, though. It’s impressive.

Another exciting part of the game? My brother hit a foul ball! He’s not really the most baseball-gifted kid on the field, and he hasn’t been doing that great. He had a little foul ball in the last game, but this time he hit a solid foul ball down the first base line. I’m really hoping that he gets a good hit soon. Poor guy :(  

I miss my Padres. I wasn’t really listening to the game on Sunday because I was busy with other things. Then I completely missed the big blowout on Monday. There wasn’t a game yesterday, and I’m going to miss the game tonight against Korea. Oh well.

Tonight is the Padres’ exhibition game against Team Korea. Kevin Correia is starting, and hopefully he will be able to have a good outing. I really wish I could listen to this game, but I will be otherwise occupied.

Have a great day, everyone!

GO PADRES!!   

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!!  

A Tribute to Trevor…Yes, ANOTHER One

I’m sorry. I can’t help it. In the Latest Leaders, I got #31. And I’m going to do something kind of radical this time (unless you want to learn about Robert Woodard again…I didn’t think so. Besides, I just brilliantly figured out that #31 is retired for the Padres. I could dedicate this to him, but…). So, in a warped version of Jimmy’s tradition, I dedicate my #31 ranking to #51, baseball’s all-time saves leader, forever a Padre, Trevor Hoffman.
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*Sniff sniff* OK, Kaybee, pull yourself together.

Trevor, you’re really a Brewer. I mean, I’ve known for months that you will be in THAT uniform, but to see you there, it’s tough, man. Not having you in Peoria is really hard. I only experienced one Spring Training that you were in. But it was really neat to hear you pitch in Spring Training 2008, after that long hard offseason of dwelling on Game 163. It was so great for you to get out there and pitch some scoreless innings.

This year, you are certainly doing your own thing. I mean, you’re not even with the team as they go play their games! If you were still with the Padres, would you do the same thing? Pitch bullpens instead of pitching in the actual games? Stay behind in Peoria while we went to play other teams? I guess we won’t find out until next year, when you sign with the Padres again (*cough* *cough* hint hint).

It’s been so different here without you. There’s definitely something missing from the clubhouse, but I think the guys have accepted that you aren’t going to be there all season. That’s really tough, but they gotta accept it. It’s no use dwelling on the past, on what could have been. What happened isn’t going to change. The guys have got to move on, and so do the fans.

That’s going to be really hard. I don’t think we will really be able to say good-bye until the Padres have a save situation for the first time in the regular season. Normally (because Trevor Time is normal; it’s what we’re used to), we stand in anticipation after the last out in the bottom of the eighth. The bells start. BONG. BONG. BONG. We smile, starting to scream and jump around as the all-time saves leader, the Padre, trots out of the bullpen. But this time, we will stand, waiting for the bells, and they will never come. No, this time Heath Bell will come lumbering out of the bullpen. Instead of the leg kick, we will watch the arm-slinging. Heath is cowboy-style: big, lumbering, jerky, and fast. You are all style, very smooth. Leg way up, glove to your chest, then arms spreading out as your leg comes down and you push off, smoothly releasing the ball towards home plate. Soft thud in the catcher’s glove as the bat totally misses that deceptive change-up.

We will miss Trevor Time. That will probably be the hardest to deal with. But you know what we will also miss? We will miss YOU, not just as a pitcher, but as a person. We won’t get to watch you warm up during BP, we won’t be able to try to get your autograph. We won’t see you wandering in the streets of San Diego with your wife and kids. We won’t get to see your boys playing around in the ballpark. We won’t get to see you doing all the wonderful work in the community that you’ve been doing for so long. We won’t get to read your insightful quotes in the newspaper, we won’t get to read about your humorous exploits (the ball cart in BP…LOL). Oh, sure, we can read about the stuff you do with the Brewers, but it’s no where near the same. I have no doubt that you and the Padres will meet sometime this year, whether it be in Spring Training, Petco Park, or Milwaukee. I have a feeling that you will pitch against the Padres sometime this year, and it’s going to be hard. But if you come out to close a game against the Padres in Petco, you are going to get a wonderful ovation.  

Trevor, it’s going to be a long season. There will be many moments where we say, “I wish Trevor were here” or “Trevor would have been able to save that game”. It’s going to be hard. It will be so bittersweet to see you in the Brewers uniform. We know that you will do very well for the Brewers, and we wish you all the best. But we can’t help but think that you could be doing that in the Padres uniform. You are San Diego, man. We will miss your humor, your class, your kindness, your presence. 

But we are holding on to the hope that you will come back to San Diego next year. We’re CLINGING to that hope. And until you say otherwise, we will expect that you are coming back. You wanted to be here this year. You gave San Diego the chance to bring you back. But you had to move on, so you went to the Brewers. We miss you so much, Trevor. I can’t believe you’re gone! But we want to see you in the Padres uniform again next year. After a whole season without you, we want to relieve the pain. We want you to end your amazing career here in San Diego. We want our star closer back. We want the All-Time Saves Leader back in San Diego. And we’re clinging to the hope that that will happen. We love you, Trevor!

Thank you so much to all my readers for getting me to where I am. Without you guys, this blog had no purpose. So thank you so much for reading about Padres baseball, and I’m looking forward to covering the Padres all season! THANK YOU!!

GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: ESPN.com)     

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