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Grand Slam Domination

Last night’s game was crazy amazing.

Let me start off by saying that it’s not very often that we completely dominate like this. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The thing that got it all started was Jerry Hairston Jr’s grand slam in the bottom of the second. That was amazing! First grand slam of the year for the Padres. The inning started off with three straight singles by Nick Hundley, Chris Denorfia, and Oscar Salazar. Jerry came up two outs later and got the ball just fair down the left field corner. It was so cool. Lately, we’ve been leaving a lot of runners on base, especially when they get there with no outs. It was really, really good that we were able to take full advantage of that situation.

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hairgrandslam.jpgIn the bottom of the third, Adrian and Chase led off the inning with singles. Nick Hundley, who’s been amazingly hot lately, hit a double to drive both of those guys in.

We didn’t score in the bottom of the fourth, but we got four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Adrian and Chase led off with singles again, and then Nick Hundley walked. After that, Chris Denorfia and Oscar Salazar each walked in a run. I was so loving the Mets pitching at that moment. 

After a pitching change, Luis Durango drove in his first two runs of his major league career. At the end of that inning, we were winning 10-4.

luisdurango.jpgOn the other side, Kevin Correia was having a fairly good game. He ended up going six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Not the best, but thankfully, his offense was well-ahead of him.

The bottom of the sixth was our biggest inning of the night. Adrian and Chase led off the inning again, but this time Adrian was walked and Chase got his third hit of the night. Nick Hundley singled, Denorfia doubled, and we scored two more runs. Oscar Salazar walked. Luis Durango grounded into a force out that got Nick thrown out at home. But then Will Venable singled in three. J-Hair singled, and Eck sac-flied him in. It was a great inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Headley got his fourth hit of the night with a solo homer. That brought us to 17-6. The Petco Park record for most runs scored by the Padres was 17 runs. We set that on Opening Day here. Thus, our 18th run, scored in the bottom of the eighth, set another record.

I would like to mention that Lance Zawadzki was the one who drove in that run because I think I’m finally finding a new favorite player. At the beginning of the year I decided that Scott and Jerry Hairston would be my new favorites, but that’s not really gone through. Obviously, I love all of these guys, but I think a player becomes your favorite instead of you deciding that he will be. And I do have to say, this kid is absolutely adorable. Whew.

lancediving.jpgAfter K-Cor left, the bullpen did great. Ryan Webb, Sean Gallagher, and Joe Thatcher held on to that lead (haha) and didn’t allow any runs.

This game was soo much fun to follow. Let’s look at some of these guys’ nights:

Jerry Hairston, leading off, had two hits, including the grand slam. Before this homestand started, Jerry had zero home runs for the season. Now he has three.

David Eckstein was the only one who didn’t get into the party. He went 0-for-4, but he did drive in a run.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, two walks, and scored three runs.

Chase Headley had four hits and scored four runs.

Nick Hundley had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored two. Let me tell you, he has been hot. Over the weekend he was absolutely essential to our two wins in the series against the Nationals. He hit a three-run homer on Saturday and then a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th on Sunday. It’s great to see him heating up like this.

Chris Denorfia had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Great night for him.

Absolutely amazing 18-6 win. I enjoyed it soooo much. What a great night!!

This team is proving itself to me over and over again. I really truly believe in them. I saw something on MLB.com today that took my breath away: we’re one of the current playoff teams. If the season ended today, we would be the National League West champions. I know that we’ve still got a lot of season left, and anything could happen. But these boys have been winning consistently for a long time. We’ve held onto our first-place lead for a very long time. These guys are for real. They have my support 100%.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!   

Top of the NL West!!!

This Padres team is amazing. I don’t care what anyone says against them. They are winners and they are on the top of the NL West right now. They are number one. And it’s not because the Diamondbacks and the Giants are really bad teams. I don’t believe that either of them are terrible. Even if they were, thay would not be the reason that we just won six games in a row. We just won six games in a row because we have the talent. We have the bats. We have the gloves and the pitching and the defense. We are the only ones to blame for this six-game winning streak.

We had a great game yesterday. Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Hundley each hit a home run, Jon Garland was finally able to pull off a descent start, and best of all, we won the game to sweep the Giants to take over the top of the NL West.

numberone.jpgI am sooooooo proud of these boys. They’ve done amazing in the past two series, and I can’t wait to see what else they’ll do. Well done, boys.

GO PADRES!!! 

17 For The Padres and Top 10 For Me

openingday2010.jpgYesterday was a great day for Padres fans and all of San Diego. It was Opening Day, it was raining (sort of), and it was so much fun that I could be laughing my head off right now if I really wanted to. Because my Padres, at Petco Park, that pitcher’s park as it’s so often called, scored 17 runs. 17. Yeah, you read that right.

The start of the season on the road wasn’t that great, and definitely not what I was expecting. But then, once we get home in front of a home crowd of 42,843, things really turned on. I think the boys were a little frustrated about their start and everything really came out yesterday.

To start it off, Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem and Phillip Rivers threw out the first pitch. I’ve heard a lot of theories that one or both of these people sparked out offensive bombing.

Then, as I talked about in yesterday’s entry, Kevin Correia went out there and threw amazingly solid. If he hadn’t been on his game like he was yesterday, things would not have been as pretty. But as it was, he was incredible. He threw 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs, two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Doesn’t look like much, but he was solid.

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Going into the bottom of the fourth, we had already scored a run on a Nick Hundley single in the second. But in that fourth inning, things really clicked for the Padres as they sent the Braves’ pitchers down the drain.

nickhundleysingle.jpgIt all started with a Chase Headley double, a Will Venable single (then steal of second), and a Nick Hundley walk. I was very excited because we had bases loaded with NO outs, and we just had to get some runs in that inning. If only I’d known.

After that, T-Gwynn walked to drive in our second run. Up next was Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher, and guess what he did? He hit a two-run single!! I was laughing, it was so funny. I mean, you wouldn’t expect the pitcher to come up and actually help himself out, but that’s what happened!

kcortworundoubleopeningday.jpgA few batters later, Adrian hit a ground rule double to bring in yet another run. The Braves had seen enough, so they made a pitching change. Little good that would do.

Kyle Blanks doubled in two guys, and then Chase Headley singled in Kyle. Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Kevin Correia finally ended the inning by striking out. All in all, we scored ten runs and got seven hits in that fourth inning. And it was only the fourth inning!

venablehomeropeningday.jpgI could not believe what was happening there. It was just so amazing, and so unlike what I’ve been seeing for the last week!

In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer. It was about this time when I realized that Will Venable had had three hit so far in the game: a single, a triple, and a home run. And then I started getting really excited. Like breathing-hard-overwhelmed-with-excitedness excited. Like it could be actually possible that the Padres would get their first ever cycle.

Well, it didn’t happen. Turns out that both Will and Kyle were one hit away at the end, and neither of them got it. But that’s okay. I know (at least I’m hoping) that we will hit for a cycle someday. Even though it’s already been 40 years and it hasn’t happened. It will.

Even though they didn’t reach that goal, they both had incredible nights at the plate. Kyle Blanks had three hits and drove in five runs. Will had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored four runs. Other standouts in this game are David Eckstein, who had three hits, and Chase Headley and Nick Hundley, who each had two hits.

Overall, it was an incredible game. We were 10-for-17 with runners in scoring positon. And hey, we had 19 hits and 17 runs. IT WAS SUCH A SWEET GAME!!!

Another thing that was super exciting for me was when the Latest Leaders list for MLBlogs came out yesterday. I’m #10 on the list!!!

I’m sooooo excited!!! It was totally unexpected and completely uplifting. I’ve been blogging here for almost two years now, and the closest I’d ever been to the top of the list was #15. I’ve always been okay with wherever I was on the list, but it’s just really cool to know that people are reading my stuff and enjoying it too!

I know that I owe big thanks to a few people whose influence is definitely part of this ranking. Gaslamp Ball has been linking my entries on their blog for a while now, and I know that that’s helped me a lot. Thanks so much guys!! RJ’s Fro has also been linking by entries, and I know that that’s had a lot of influence too. I am so grateful to you guys! Thanks so much!!

Thank you also to websites that I’m not aware of who are linking my blog. It always excites me to discover you guys, and thanks so much! 

And a HUGE thank you to all my readers. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t even have a purpose for blogging here. Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today. I have a blast doing this, and I hope you love reading and I much as I love putting all this together. THANK YOU!!!!!

thanks.jpgThe Padres have an off-day in the middle of the series, which is a little odd, but I guess they deserve it after that amazing game yesterday. Man, we scored 17 runs!! So cool.

That’s my boys.

GOOOO PADRES!!! 

Coming Together

On Sunday, my boys played a great game. I told you we didn’t have to be worried.

Chris Young started the game, throwing 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Not the best outing, but it was good enough. I am so excited that CY is pitching at all. I’m just praying really hard that he won’t get injured this year. It’s been a couple tough years for him, but hopefully he’ll be able to stay healthy and pitch amazingly this year.

We had nine hits: Nick Hundley had two, driving two runs. Jerry Hairston Jr. had a hit and drove in two runs. Kyle Blanks had two hits and scored two runs.

Surprisingly, we only had one stolen base, but that’s okay. We were caught stealing twice, though. You know, as amazing as all this base-stealing is, I don’t think that they’re going out there thinking about stealing a base. I think that they’re just more aware of the pitcher and the catcher, like how slow the pitcher is or if the catcher has a less-than-average arm. Then, armed with that knowledge, they go when they think the moment is right.

Liz, Bell, and Luebke pitched scoreless innings. Craig Italiano got the save in the 5-3 win. CY got his first W of the season. So great to see!

Last night we played the Giants in Peoria. It was so amazing, because we ust had Daylight Savings Time and it had been a warm day. It was a taste of what it’s going to be like in the regular season. Listening to some great Padres baseball on a warm summer night…ah. I can’t wait!

Anyways, phenomenal pitching performances by Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, and Edward Mujica last night. Would you look at that! Only three pitching! Man, that REALLY feels like the regular season!

Mat Latos…man. I am super excited about seeing this guy pitching in the majors this year. He was great last year, and I think he’s going to be amazing this year too. Last night, he pitched four full innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Amazing. He was perfect. Wow.

Wade LeBlanc took over after Mat’s incredible performance. I remember when Wade came up at the end of 2008. He was always facing the Dodgers, and he was terrible. But when he came up last year, he wasn’t that bad. Last night, he was amazing. All these young pitchers are so exciting!

Wade also threw four innings, but he didn’t allow a run. All he gave up was two hits, while striking out three. I guess he was even better than Mat!

I think the best thing about these two guys’ outings last night was that they were able to go four full innings with so little trouble. Sure, that’s not a regular season start, but they’re getting there.

Edward Mujica pitched for the first time this spring, and he was great. He allowed a hit and stuck out one and closed the game. It’s great to see him out there again.

The offense is exciting me soooo much!! These guys are sooo great, even if they had some help from the Giants’ defense :)

In the fifth inning, we were down 1-0 when things really turned on. Everth Cabrera started the inning off with a walk. Wade LeBlanc laid down a sacrifice that sent Everth to second. Tony Gwynn doubled, tying the game. Jerry Hairston came to bat and the pitcher threw a wild pitch, which got Tony to third. Jerry walked. Adrian came up and singled in T. Gwynn. Kyle Blanks doubled, sending in Jerry and Matt Antonelli (who replaced Adrian). Matt hustled all the way from first to score. Chase singled and stole second. Will Venable struck out, but then Nick Hundley got on base on an error, which also allowed two guys to score.

Then Everth came up again and singled, driving in Nick. Everth got to second on another error. Then Wade LeBlanc got on base by an error. Finally, Tony Gwynn struck out to end the inning. All in all, we got seven runs on five hits and three errors. Whew.

The score stayed that way for the rest of the game. We ended up with ten hits on the night, with no errors. The Giants ended with four errors. HAHAHAHA!!! I thought that was funny.

We got five more stolen bases last night. We’ve stolen 20 bases this spring, and have been caught only seven times. We’re leading the majors in stolen bases, by the way. I’m loving it! 

What a great, great 7-1 win. It was clean, quick, and wonderful. Definitely the best game of the year so far. I am soooo excited for the regular season!!!

We’re looking good. We really, really are. I’m not worried a bit about these boys. They’re going to be just fine.

Today we’re playing the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim again. Jon Garland vs. Jered Weaver. It’s going to be sweet.

Joe Thatcher is going to be pitching for the first time this season. I didn’t realize that the Thatch hadn’t been around yet. Hmm. Thatch is the guy that I’ve always not liked in the bullpen. I mean, he was great at the end of 2007. He was amazing then. But when he totally fell apart in ’08, I was not happy with him at all. He was actually pretty decent in 2009, so I feel like giving him a second chance. GO JOE!!!

GO PADRES!!!!

Saving The Game

The Padres and Rockies played the rubber game of a three-game series last night in Colorado. This Padres team has really, really settled into their role as spoiler very nicely. It’s been amazing to watch! And they never give up. That’s what I’m loving here. They may be down, but they’re not done.

In the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer to put the Padres down earlier. We had a lot of problems getting that clutch knock all night. And yet, somehow, we were able to get the win!

claytonhomer.jpgClayton Richard threw very well. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He did have that one bad pitch to Tulo, but for the next five innings, he was very good.

nickhomer.jpgIn the top of the fifth, Nick Hundley hit a solo homer, his eighth of the year. Nick had a huge game. He had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored three runs. Good job Nick!!

In the seventh, we got the bases loaded, and the pitcher walked in a run! YAY!! That made the game 3-2 Colorado. David Eckstein hit a sac-fly to bring in the tying run.

In the eighth, Nick and T. Gwynn each drove in a run with a single. That gave us a 5-3 lead.

Ian Stewart homered in the bottom of the inning to bring the Rockies close. We went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, and I was not happy. I thought Heath was going to be coming out, so I was like WE NEED SOME MORE INSURANCE!! But we didn’t get anything.

Thankfully, Heath was unavailable, and Luke Gregerson pitched the bottom of the ninth. I trust Luke a lot more than Heath right now, that’s for sure.

Luke made it a little interesting by allowing a single, but he had this. He got three outs and his first major league save and yet another Padres series win!!!

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I’d say that Nick Hundley and Luke Gregerson tie as players of the game. Plus, they worked really well together in that last inning.

Last night was the Padres’ rookie razzing. Sounds like 14 players had to dress up. Wish I could see picture of that!

We won yet another series against yet another contending team!! It’s amazing how well we’ve played spoiler. I don’t think this will keep the Rockies out of the postseason, but still. A series loss is a series loss. The Padres still have the Dodgers and Giants to spoil. OK, and the Diamondbacks too.

We’re playing the Diamondbacks for three games this weekend. K-Cor is pitching tonight!! YAY!! 

GO PADRES!!!

A Will And A Way

After a disappointing game on Tuesday, the Padres were ready to put it behind them and get something going in the second game of the series against the Rockies.

Tim Stauffer started. He only threw 4.2 innings, though. He had a no-hitter going into the fifth, but he had allowed five walks and his pitch count was way up. He allowed two runs on three hits when he was unable to get out of the fifth inning.

stauff.jpg In the second, Will Venable hit his 12th homer of the year to give us a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, T. Gwynn singled in Oscar Salazar for our second run.

venable solooo.jpg In the fifth, Tim Stauffer and Everth Cabrera singled to start off the inning. One out later, Adrian walked. Yet another out later, Will Venable doubled in all three guys. Sweet!!!!

venable doubleee.jpgThe bullpen was great. Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, Mike Adams, and finally, Heath Bell. Heath was able to get his 40th save of the year. Yay Heath!!

We won 6-3, spliting the series.

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Talk about Will Venable, man. Seems like we’ve had a lot of specific guys who are heros of the game lately. Like last week we had Luis Durango. Chase Headley had a huge game this week. Now Will. It’s so cool! These guys are thriving up here, and it’s so much fun to watch.

Will had two hits and drove in four runs. He also walked once! Congrats, Will, you’re the player of the game!

I’m loving the blue and sand, by the way. The guys have been wearing that a lot on the road trip, and it looks great.

I haven’t heard any news about Kouz today. Hopefully he’s getting better like crazy and will be ready to go out there next week!!!! GET WELL SOOOOOOOON KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!

Just FYI, this team is amazing. I’ve been having so much fun following this team for the past few months, I don’t want it to end! But we only have NINE games left!! WAAAAAAA!!

Oh well. Next year will be amazing.

So the rubber game is tonight. Rockies vs. Padres. Clayton Richard vs. Jason Hammel.

GO PADRES!!! 

Blow Me Away

Ok, now that I’ve got all that Park View stuff out of the way, I can get into the actual game. Well, not really. Batting practice first!

It was so cool to see all my boys out there! Unfortunately, though, I didn’t recongnize about half of our players. I was probably having trouble with the relief pitchers. This team has changed so much, I can’t even tell who these players by their faces! I can totally recognize the guys who are play all the time, but it’s the less-known less-publicized players that I have trouble with. Oh well.

One player I did recongnize was Mat Latos. He was smiling and goofing around so much! It was pretty cool to see.

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I had a feeling about Nick Hundley from the first time I saw him during batting practice. He wasn’t starting, but I saw him running around, and I thought, he’s going to do something big today. I could feel it.

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Just after Padres BP, Wade LeBlanc came over and signed autographs for us. He was really cute, and he seemed like such a sweet guy. I think I have another favorite player :)

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After Padres BP, we went up to our seats, which were excellent. They were about 26 rows behind the Padres’ dugout. They were sooo good! I got my 5 for $5 deal, which I forgot to take a picture of again, but I did get a picture of the cookie. The cookie is one of the best I have ever had. I love it!

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The game was finally ready to get started. The relief pitchers headed out to the bullpen…

 
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…and you can tell that there are a lot of rookies on this team :) 

Tim Stauffer started for the Padres.

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In the bottom of the first, Everth singled, Eck walked, and Adrian drove in Everth for our first run. It was so cool! Chase Headley, who played third, sac-flied in Eck. So, just like that, we had a 2-0 lead.

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Tim Stauffer pitched excellently. I was so pleased. He had a no-hitter for four innings until Yorvit Torrealba broke it up (much more on him later). Tim allowed four hits and one home run. He walked four batters and struck out three. It was great!

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Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, and Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen and were excellent. The bullpen’s sucess lately induced the Padres to play a sweet video to the song “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.

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When the Rockies got that home run and we were headed to the ninth, I begged my boys to get some insurance for Heath. I’ve learned to be very nervous when Heath comes in. He always has to make things interesting, and I knew that night would be no different. But my boys didn’t listen to me.

And so, we went into the top of the ninth with only a one-run lead. You should have seen Heath sprint out of the bullpen. You could tell that he was ready to get out there and get back on that horse after blowing the save the night before. Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away” blasted through the stadium. 

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When the first batter singled, I assured myself that Heath was just being his usual interesting self. He stuck out the next batter, and when the runner went for second, Henry Blanco’s throw was right there. Unfortunately, Everth couldn’t get the tag down. Oh well. 

But guess who came up next. Yorvit Torrealba. And his bat. It was terrible. He singled right up the middle and the fast runner went all the way home. It was like watching an accident happen. I saw it all happening right in front of me, but I couldn’t do anything about it. That ball was headed for center and that runner was going home.

Here’s when I blew up. I was mostly mad because Heath blew the save and the game was now tied. I was extremely upset because Yorvit Torrealba did it again, the second night in a row. He looked so excited, so happy over there at first and I despised him for it. I screamed at Heath, at the guys who didn’t get some insurance. I yelled and screamed and groaned and it was not pretty peoples.

I was furious, but I think I was mostly scared. I did not want to lose that game. Not after the night before. Not after all the cheering and clapping I had done for the team. I did not want to have to walk out of that ballpark with a L. I was so upset that tears were coming to my eyes, and I knew that if we lost, I would be bawling. And so, I didn’t give up faith. I yelled and I was mad, but I was doing it because I loved my team. I’m sure the people around me thought I was crazy, but they had to understand that I was so mad at them because I loved them so much. 

I think I made a huge fool of myself, but I really didn’t care. There was no one but me and my team there.

After my outburst, as I was slightly calming down, I thought, we’re going to win in a way that’s special, aren’t we? I know it’s weird, but I prayed. I said, hey, if You’re going to have us lose this game, I’ll be fine. I had a blast and You really blessed me with these tickets. But maybe You’ve got something bigger planned here. Maybe You’ve got a huge surprise, a fun walk-off win or something. And I would be good with that too.  

Between innings, it was Rally Time. After the Padres didn’t get anything in the bottom of the ninth, there was a video showing all these walk-offs that the Padres have had this year. First one? Nick Hundley’s walk-off homer in the 16th inning on May 17th. And I looked at my mom and went, “Oh no!” Not 16 innings!

Thankfully, it didn’t take that long. Sean Gallagher was excellent in the top of the tenth. 

Bottom of the tenth, things went great. Will Venable singled on a ball that was misplayed somewhere, I think it was second base. All the night the second baseman was making these great plays against us, and I was like, “I don’t like you, second baseman!” Finally, he did something good for us!

Luis Rodriguez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Will over the second. Henry Blanco was intentionally walked to get to Tony Gwynn, but Edgar Gonzalez pinch-hit for him and got an unintentional walk. He got walked on a 3-1 count!

Next up was Nick Hundley.

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Bases loaded, one out for the catcher.

What an at-bat! First one was a foul, and then four straight balls. It was so cool to see Nick’s patience at the plate, and to see each pitch miss. It was sweet! 

On the last one, Nick flipped the bat and ran to first as Will came home with the winning run. I was soooooooo excited!!

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It was such a relief to win. We had the bases loaded there with one out, and I thought, we CAN’T leave these guys on!! We had to get it then, when we still had some momentum, and I am so thankful that we did.

So, I have been to four games this year, and all four were wins. It’s my $6 jersey, I know it. Man, it’s gone FOUR games and won each one, so I’m definitely keeping it around. I’ll be going to my fifth game of the year in about two weeks, so I’m really hoping that I’ll got 5-0 this year. That would be so sweet :)

On Friday, we got officially eliminated from the NL West race. It’s OK, though. We knew this team wasn’t going anywhere, and we’ve been too busy winning to really notice anyways.

We’re definitely locked in our role as spoiler though. We won our sixth straight series yesterday! It was great. We’ve won three straight series against division rivals, and we’re playing some great, great baseball. This is fun :)

Now we’re going to play the Diamondbacks for three games at home. They’re worse than us, so if we can beat teams like the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Rockies, I think we will be able to beat the Diamondbacks.

Oh man, what a very very long entry. I’ve been working on this for like two hours. I think it’s time to end it. Well, I hope you all enjoyed it, I certainly had a lot of fun going to the game and seeing all my boys. It was so much fun!

GO PADRES!!

Climbing Out Of The Cellar

I love this team. Like crazy. Yesterday, I happened to notice that Tim Lincecum was no longer on the “probable pitchers” section on the front page of padres.com. WHOOO HOOO!! I was so excited. In his place, a rookie named Madison Bumgarner was making his major league debut. First off, that name makes me laugh every time I see it. Second of all, the guy’s 20 years old. He’s a kid! I had the ultimate confidence in my boys to get this game. Especially after losing on my birthday, they needed the win.

Kevin Correia started for the Padres. He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He pitched well, but did not get a decision.

On the other side, Bumgarner was very good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut. He went 5.1 innings, only allowing solo home runs to Chase Headley and Kouz. You have to give him credit, he seemed to have things pretty much together. Must have been a great night for him. 

This was a back and forth game. The Giants got on in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got one in the top of the second, Giants got it back in the bottom of the inning. Padres and Giants each get one in the fourth.

In the seventh, Will Venable hit a monster home run to the deepest part of the ballpark to tie the game at three. What a strong boy!! 

In the eighth, Adrian and Kouz singled with no outs. Chase Headley singled to right, and Adrian came in to score. The throw was right there, but the catcher lost hold of it and it bounced away. It was so cool!!

Sadly, though, my dear Kouz hurt himself when he was running the bases. He got a left calf strain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My poor baby :( Hopefully it will only be day-to-day and he will be back on the field ASAP!!!!

get well soon.jpgDue to Kouz’s terrible injury, there had to be some strange changes for the Padres’ defense. Chase Headley moved from left field to third, which is his natural position. Nick Hundley, catcher, who had not played outfield since college, went out to left field. Eliezar Alfonso went in to catch. And Heath Bell came in to get the save.

It was Nick Hundley’s 26th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Nick!!!

Heath didn’t make things interesting last night. It was amazing. He went 1-2-3, and Nick got to catch the last out in left field. Yay!!

It was an incredible game for many reasons. We came back from three deficits. Chase had three hits, and Kouz and Will had two hits each. We tied the series, so now we have a chance to win yet another series today.

And, one of the most exciting parts…I am soooo happy…WE’RE OUT OF THE CELLAR!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Finally!!! Arizona is right behind us at 22 games behind, and we’re 21 games behind. But we’re not the NL West Worst anymore. We’re been playing excellently, not like a last-place team at all. We don’t belong down there. Finally, we have a taste a fresh air after being in that musty cellar for so long.

“Breathe the free air again, my friend.” - Gandalf the White, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers 

It feel soooo good to be out. Oh man.

TEAM W  L % GB
LA Dodgers 83  57  .593  -
Colorado 79  60  .568 3.5
San Francisco 76  63  .547   6.5
San Diego 62   78  .443  21.0
Arizona 61  79  .436

22.0

Kevin Kouzmanoff is a brilliant player. This is his third season in the majors with the Padres, and he’s amazing. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love this guy like crazy. He’s a good hitter, but the best aspect of his game is his defense. He’s incredible at third base. I mean, amazing. These last two years, he’s been fantastic over there. This year, I think he should get a Gold Glove. Because the Padres are so small-market, our players don’t get noticed very much, but Kouz really needs to get out there. The Padres have sent DVDs to other managers in the majors showing tons of Kouz’s incredible plays. I really really really hope he will get a Gold Glove this year!! He totally deserves it.

 Well, the Padres and Giants are playing the last of three games today. Wade LeBlanc will go against Barry Zito.

GO PADRES!!! KOUZ FOR GOLD GLOVE!!! 

Night of the Hundley

What a great game!! After losing their ninth straight game to the Cardinals on Thursday night, the Padres and their fans needed a win. The ball was placed in Clayton Richard’s hands.

(If any of you are wondering why I did not blog yesterday, I was sleeping in ’til 11. Plus, I didn’t really want to blog about that sick loss the other night. Summer’s ending too soon!! Even though I slept until 11 again this morning, I just had to blog about the amazing game last night!!)

First off, it was Fellowship Night, so church groups could come out for a discounted price. Church groups can go anytime, of course, but this is a special night. After the game, some of the players give their testamonies, and it’s good stuff. I should have been there last night, but our church didn’t get out to it this year. It made me pretty depressed, knowing that I could have been there. Oh well. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for me to go to a game this year.

Now, Clayton Richard. This guy came over in the Jake Peavy deal almost a month ago, and he’s been great. His last outing (against the Cardinals actually) was not the greatest, but he got a no-decision. This time, he was excellent. How’s six innings, five hits, NO RUNS, three walks, and six strikeouts? Pretty good. Then when you get the Padres bullpen in there…wow.

In the second inning, Will Venable doubled and Kyle Blanks singled. Nick Hundley came to the plate. He quickly went down 0-2, but came back to a full count. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, he hit a bomb to left field for a three-run homer. Oh man, I LOVE three-run homers!! So cool.

Nick…I love Nick!! He’s a great person, and he’s becoming a very good player. I love catchers, and Nick is a great one. He’s still young, and he’s still learning, but I think he’s a fixture in the Padres’ future. Great game Nick!!

The Padres didn’t score again until the eighth, but then again, the Cardinals didn’t score at all! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Anyways, with runners on third and second, Kouz lined a single up the middle. T.Gywnn scored easily, but Eck got easily caught by the gun of Rick Ankiel. Wow.

Luke Gregerson threw a great inning. Mike Adams struck out the side in his. Heath Bell pitched the ninth, even though it was not a save situation with our 4-0 lead. Which became our 4-0 win when Heath was done.

YAY!!!

What a great game. Will Venable made some excellent plays. Nick Hundley had an unassisted double play, almost a triple play.

So now we have tied up the series at one. My boys need to get at least one more in this series…hmmm…hey, how about tonight!!

Speaking of tonight, our own Hyun Young is going to have the night of her life. Yes, she’s going to the game tonight. She just found out yesterday. Let’s just say that it has something to do with the Ecksteins. I’ll let her tell the story on her blog after the game, but she’s going to have a great, great time. I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR HER!!!!

Speaking of going to a game, I’m getting that itch to be out at the ballpark. It’s been just over a month since I went with Hyun Young and Jen and Kylie, and I really want to get out there again. I’m hoping to get in at least one more game this year. If for no other reason, I think I should go to one for my birthday. That’s a good reason, yes? I guess I’ll just have to see.

Okey dokey. Kevin Correia is pitching tonight against Chris Carpenter. That might be a huge pitching duel if K.Cor can throw strikes. Well, C.Carp, too, but he’s 13-3 and K.Cor is 8-9. Hmmmm. It will be a very interesting game, but the Padres have an advantage: Hyun Young is going to be in the stands!!  

GO PADRES!!! WIN!!!!  

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) 

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