Results tagged ‘ spring training ’

The End of the Beginning

First off, let me clarify some things from yesterday’s entry, which was obviously an April Fool’s joke. The Padres won 6-5 on Tuesday, and my brother’s team lost 17-10 on the same night. So, in my report of the game, I mixed the two. Also, Moorad has no such ideas (that I know of). Except hopefully he has the same feelings about Trevor, though. So, that was a fun entry to write, but it is not true. APRIL FOOLS!!

  • 6-1 Padres

Down to business. My Padres are rolling, man! They’ve won five out of their last six. I know it’s only spring, but they picked a good time to get things going.

Jake Peavy started, giving up four hits in five innings with three strikeouts. Incredible! He did not give up a run in 14 innings this spring. Sure, he fell apart at the WBC, but he’s doing great right now. I am so excited about the season he can have this year. He’s definitely going to be a highlight for the Padres, no matter what happens.

Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning. Check it out: his ERA this spring is 0.66. Yeah! Put him in my bullpen! Isn’t that great? I think he’s going to be good.   

Adrian Gonzalez hit a huge two-run homer (with a bro-BI – brother batted in!). Luis Rodriguez had two hits and drove in three runs. Chase Headley had two hits also.

I am so pumped about my Padres, it’s sooo cool! I’m really excited about Fan Day, and then Opening Day the next day. Looking at the roster, we look really good. Sure, we aren’t the Yankees, but we’ve got some solid players.

Check out our bullpen: Heath Bell, Cla Meredith, Edward Mujica, Arturo Lopez, Edwin Moreno, Frankie De La Cruz, and Duaner Sanchez. Very Latino bullpen this year, huh?

We didn’t expect a bullpen like this. I mean, Mujica joined the team yesterday! But I’m really excited about these guys. I hope they do extremely well for us.

Just FYI, here’s our rotation: Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Walter Silva, Kevin Correia, and Shawn Hill. Looking good…

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Rawlings_baseball.jpgIt’s baseball time.

Today the Padres are playing the Mariners. Chris Young will pitch for the last time before his start on Tuesday. Since it’s the last spring game for the Padres, we all know what that means – the starters will play a few innings, then it’s the invasion of the minor leaguers.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: italiansrus.com, blogs.villagevoice.com)    

Crazy Game and Strange Ideas

  • 17-10 Padres

It was a crazy game! Shawn Hill started and gave up nine runs in the first two innings. It looks like he’s going to be in the rotation, but I’m not sure if I really want him there. Luke Gregerson threw two solid innings, which is good. Heath Bell came into the ninth to save the game. He got a couple outs, but he allowed a single and stolen base. With the tying run at third, I think he got a full count on the last batter of the game. The hitter took a called strike to end the game. Heath was obviously not the best, but he got out of the inning.

The hitters did pretty well. They were behind badly, but they were able to get a few runs. Eliezar Alfonso and Brian Giles each hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits. Jody Gerut had two hits. Some of the younger guys were really good. There was this one hitter on the other team, the Phillies, who was huge! He looked like he belongs in the next division. He just killed us. But our hitters did very well. They were able to get seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, though that fell seven runs short. Oh well. But it was a pretty cool game!

I mean, you win some, and you lose some. It was great to get that win after a great weekend, but we severed a five game winning streak! Let’s just hope we can get back on track as the season starts and goes on!

So, I was doing a little research on the Padres’ new owner, Jeff Moorad. Apparently he has a lot of new plans for the Padres. Very interesting…Petco Park is certainly going to be very different with him in control. First of, he loved carousels when he was a kid. As a result, he thinks the Friar Faithful would like to have some carousels around the park.

carousel.jpgOf course, you would have to pay to go on one of these.

His menu improvements seem like they would be pretty drastic as well. He’s been in Arizona for a while, so I think he’s picked up some weird ideas from there. For example, he thinks that San Diego fans would appreciate special food like THIS

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and THIS
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EWWW!!!!

But the best part is that Moorad believes that this guy needs to be back in a Padres uniform next year:
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Now that makes me like Moorad, no matter what weird ideas he has!!

Today we are the playing the White Sox…probably. Chris Young might be starting. Who knows if the game will start at 1:05? Maybe we will win!

I hope you all have a great day! Haha!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: rundles.co.uk, flatrock.org.nz, covemountainkennels.com, imagecache2.allposters.com) 

My Boys Got GAME

What a weekend! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but boy is it worth it! Let me just say this: hope is in the air for the Padres!

  • Friday: 5-2 Padres

What a great game! Jake Peavy started for the Padres, and as I hoped, he had an excellent outing. He went six innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. This was definitely the best outing of any pitcher this spring. Newcomer Shawn Hill threw one good inning, but then gave up two homers to Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust. I think Hill will do well for us. Edwin Moreno took the ninth, striking out two and inducing a fly ball to center to finish the game.

Scott Hairston was the man of the hour on the offensive side. In the fourth inning, he hit a gigantic three-run homer. In the sixth, he hit another blast, this time a solo. This guy is incredible. I can’t wait to see the impact he makes on the club this season. Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in a run, and Jody Gerut had two hits.

You can’t say enough about Jake Peavy. I mean, he looked so sharp! He did incredibly well on Friday night. This performance proves that we can’t trade him. He hasn’t given up a run in Cactus League play. I think he’s ready. I think he’s been ready for a long time! I don’t know what went wrong in the WBC, but I think it had to do with the pressure to perform and the playoff atmosphere.

So far, it is obvious that he has suffered no ill effects on the WBC. He will start again on Wednesday, and then will be in perfect place to start Opening Day. We just can’t trade this guy. Padres fans are only going to come out to see him. He’s going to have a great season. If the Padres trade this stud, who’s going to go out to the ballpark? We need this guy. He’s incredible.

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  • Saturday: 11-10 Padres

This game was crazy. It looked really hopeless from the very beginning, but my boys chipped their way to a victory.

Chris Young started, giving up six runs on seven hits before getting an out. He was not very good. We were losing 9-1 by the middle of the second. Cesar Ramos allowed three runs in his 2.1 innings. Justin Hampson had two solid innings. Arturo Lopez, Luke Gregerson, and Greg Burke had solid innings.

Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Headley, and Emil Brown each had a homer. Chase had four hits, including an RBI in the eighth to tie the game at ten. Jody Gerut and Nick Hundley each had two hits. Luis Rodriguez had three hits. Edgar Gonzalez had three hits. In the bottom of the ninth, runner on second, Edgar came to the plate and hit a crisp single to drive the runner in. It was a great walk-off win for my Padres. We did so well! We chipped away until we came out on top. I have hope for this team!

  •  Sunday: 7-3 Padres

Cha Seung Baek started and did OK. Better than usual, maybe. He threw 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He then left the game with a strained flexor tendon. Oneli Perez gave up one run, but the other four relievers did very well.

We got two runs in the second and four runs in the fourth. We played small ball, driving in guys with singles. No player had more than one hit. But it was a really good offensive game. We kept adding on, lots of singles. We won our third game in a row!

So how ’bout them Padres, huh? They are doing great! The pitching is still average, but the offense is on fire. It’s about time that they are winning! I just hope that it carries into the season.

One week until Opening Day! I am so excited! It will be great to have some meaningful baseball!

My brother played his seventh game on Saturday morning. It was a really great game. The Pirates were down 4-2, but they rallied back to take an 8-4 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, the other team (the Red Sox) got three runs, but the Pirates were able to hold on and win the game 8-7. It got kind of stressing there in that last inning, but what a relief it was to win the game! The Pirates are now 5-2. They’ve won five in a row! 

One of the weird aspects of the game was that the umpires were told to expand the strike zone. We didn’t know about it, so when the ump was calling strikes on balls that were about three inches from the ground, some of the parents were going nuts. It was pretty crazy for the whole game. The kids had to adjust their hitting. I really wasn’t sure what a strike was, and I don’t know if the umpire was either. He was not that consistent in his calls. Hmmm…

The roster is starting to shape up. I don’t think I want to cover all of it right now, but the big move is that we traded infielder Chris Burke to the Mariners for cash considerations. Luis Rodriguez is going to be our Opening Day starter at shortstop. This move makes it very likely that Everth Cabrera, our Rule 5 draft pick, will make the roster. He has not played above Single-A, so this would be a learning experience for him. He’s got a great arm and a lot of potential. His glove is good too, but he hasn’t had the best defensive spring. I think he would be a good asset for us to have at the major league level.

It will be a very interesting week to see how the roster shapes up. And maybe we can win some more games!

As you all know, Hyun Young, Jen, and I are going to the Padres Fan Day this Sunday. I think it would be really cool if we could somehow advertise our blogs while we’re there. My brilliant idea (haha) is printing out a sign and putting it on my bag or whatever. I’ve ruled out the idea of writing my blog name and URL on a t-shirt because I’m going to be wearing my Padres jersey. If any of you creative minds come up with something, please let me know!

Today we are playing the Indians (Again? No way! I think we’ve played them the most of any team this spring!). Kevin Correia will be starting as my Padres look to continue their winning streak!

GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: majorleagueblog.net)     

Bases Loaded

The game yesterday wasn’t the best. We lost to the Angels 10-5. Ugh. Cha Seung Baek gave up nine runs. I don’t think we want him as the third starter. At least I certainly don’t! Adrian Gonzalez got his first homer of the spring, so that was good. But yeah. Just another spring loss.

What I really want to write about is a book I just read, called Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report by Kirk Radomski. The only reason I picked up this book was because it was new in the baseball section at my library, and it’s really rare to get a new baseball book in there. But it also looked interesting, and I decided that I needed to be better informed about this steroid problem that is sweeping baseball.

radomskibook.jpgI have to admit that I haven’t really been interested in the whole Mitchell Report and all the hearings with Rodger Clemens and all that. I’m just a fan, and all I really care about is watching my Padres play some good baseball. If it was one of my players being accused like that, I would definitely be more interested, but it’s not like that. This book was captivating. I read it in about 5-6 hours over the course of two days. I am a pretty fast reader, but that’s still impressive.

Kirk Radomski was a batboy and then a clubhouse attendant for the New York Mets. He was really into bodybuilding and nutrition, so when the players started asking questions about their diets and what vitamins they should be taking and stuff, he would help them. It was natural to him to do whatever the players asked. When some of them started getting interested in steroids, he would get some for them. To him, it was just like getting some vitamins or running an errand for them. Just getting steroids for a player turned into a huge operation of supplying the majority of baseball with steroids and ultimately human growth hormone. When he was finally caught, he was the first breakthrough for the people working on the Mitchell Report. He supplied them with thousands of checks from the players and trainers who had bought from him. He also supplied them with a huge list of names.

This book is fascinating. What’s incredible to me is that he was able to supply players with juice for so long and nobody ever stopped him. With great storytelling, this book is a breeze to read through. At least, it was for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at baseball the same. I hate to think that any of my Padres have been or are taking juice, but I’m sure it’s happening. This guy is brilliant in terms of nutrition and the effect of steriods and HGH. He can tell when a player is juicing, and even what he is using by just looking at him. It’s pretty incredible.

This book isn’t for all baseball fans, but if you’re interested in the “steroid era”, I would highly recommend it. But if you’re not really that interested, there are better baseball books to read.

I am very excited that the Brewer’s A-Z ballpark guide is FINALLY up. I’ve been checking it everyday for days, and now it’s finally here! The reason I wanted it so badly was so I could get the Brewer’s fanmail address and send some of my tributes to Trevor. So, that will be fun to work on! I doubt that he will reply, but maybe he will read them.

I am also REALLY excited about the Fan Day!! Naturally, I’ve been thinking, planning, and daydreaming about it for the last 24 hours. It’s going to be sooooo much fun!!

Today the Padres are playing the Indians. Wow, how many times have we played the Indians? I think this is the third time this spring!!

  • CF Jody Gerut
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • RF Brian Giles
  • 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  • DH Cliff Floyd
  • LF Chase Headley
  • 3B Edgar Gonzalez
  • C Henry Blanco
  • SS Luis Rodriguez

Kevin Correia will be starting. Heath Bell will also pitch. Let’s see how the rotation candidate will do today. Maybe he won’t give up that many runs!!

Have a great day!

GO PADRES!!!!

(photo credit: nydailynews.com)  

Padres Win, Walk-Off Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know you’re all wondering….

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

Yes, my dad read my entry last night…

He talked with my mom this morning…

And the answer is…is….is……………

Thumbnail image for check.pngI’M GOING TO FAN DAY!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: wikipedia.com)  

All In A Day’s Fun

First off, quick recap of yesterday’s game against the Cubs: Kevin Correia gave up four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer. As you can see, the pitching did pretty well. The attendance of the game was 13, 162. That sets a new Spring Training record! Well, that’s enough of that game.

This morning I got up at six to go watch my brother’s 8:30am game. It stayed overcast almost the entire morning, which was really nice. I just had to share this picture with you guys. Of the four fields in the park, only the one we were playing on had this:

Thumbnail image for IMG_3455.JPGI thought that was really cool!

The game went really well. I kept score again, and though I felt kind of discombulated at places, I got through it and got the final score right! The Pirates got three runs in the bottom of the first to set the tone of the game. They got four more in the third. The Rays (who were the best team in the league), scored seven runs over the course of the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but the Pirates scored two in the bottom of the fourth and won the game, 9-7.

Looking back, it was a really crazy game. The Rays were pretty good, but we sure beat them up. They gave us nine walks in five innings! It was a wild game, but the Pirates were able to hand the Rays their first loss of the season. My brother did well. He hit a ball into fair territory for the first time, though he hit it to the pitcher. He was getting a lot of good swings, and I think he’s getting there. He also walked. This Pirates team is on a three-game winning streak. I might add that I started scoring the games on that first win, and I have scored the next two as well. Uh oh…I’m not going to be able to make it to their next game! Haha. Of course, me being there has absolutely no effect on the outcome of the game. I can pretend, though :)

The next part of the day was going to my other brother’s baseball game. To avoid any confusion, I have two younger brothers: one is ten, and one is seven. The games I have been talking about up to this point have all been the ten-year-old brother’s games. Now here’s where is gets a little confusing. Both of my brother’s teams are the Pirates. But they are in separate divisions.

Now I am talking about the seven-year-old brother’s game. They play against a pitching machine, and this was their second game. In the last game, the boys couldn’t hit it at all. They lost 2-0. But afterwards, it was discovered that the machine was six feet closer than it was supposed to be. So this time, with the pitching machine in it’s proper place, the boys did much better. They hit so well! Let’s just say that the final score was about 23-7 Pirates. I wasn’t scoring, so I don’t know the exact score, but it was somewhere in that range. The other team’s fielders weren’t that great, so almost every hit was going past, under, or around a fielder. Apparently there wasn’t much of a mercy rule. But I was very excited for my brother, who got two hits and scored a run. I think a lot of the boys were discouraged after the last game, so it was great to see them all go out and have a wonderful game. I really enjoyed watching it!

Now, the major-league Padres. The Padres got some horrible news yesterday: pitcher Mark Worrell is out for the year. I was listening to the game yesterday, and when Andy Masur told us the news, I just groaned. This is terrible news for the Padres. We aquired Worrell from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Khalil Greene trade along with a player to be named later. Worrell was almost guaranteed a spot in the bullpen. He did very well this spring, giving up two runs in 4.1 innings. Then he got some elbow soreness eariler in the week. He’s going to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Remember, this is the guy with the funky side-arm delivery. Apparently that weird delivery caught up to him. This is a huge blow to the Padres. Our pitching has been doing bad enough as it is, and to lose this guy now is devistating. So, Kevin Towers will continue his search for more arms, and we’re definitely going to see some new pitchers in camp soon.

The third baseball game I observed today was the Padres-Giants game this afternoon. I got a lot of baseball in today! It was a pretty bad game. We had a 2-1 lead until the sixth. Then the Giants got nine runs. Walter Silva started the game, going four innings, giving up two hits and a run. I am really impressed with his guy. He can pitch, man. I think he’s going to be in our rotation. He was definitely the highlight of the game. Our newly signed pitcher, Duaner Sanchez, had a solid inning. Enter Jae Kuk Ryu. How’s eight runs for a day’s work? And he only got one out in all that. He hasn’t been the best this spring. Arturo Lopez gave up a run. Naturally, Joe Thatcher gave up two runs. WHY is he still here???

David Eckstein had a great day, getting three hits in three at-bats. Drew Macias hit his third home run of the spring. My boy Kevin Kouzmanoff had two hits and got hit-by-pitch. Yay Kouz!

Tomorrow we are playing the Diamondbacks, Josh Geer vs. Dan Haren. Let’s see if this pitching can do good things for once.

After my brothers both won, I thought, “Hey, it’s the Padres’ turn!” They didn’t get the memo, though. Oh well. Not to alarm anyone, (it’s only Spring Training!!!), but the Padres haven’t won since Wednesday, March 11, in the exhibition game against Team Korea. Wow, that was a long time ago. Just saying…a win would be really nice.

Jake Peavy was going to start USA’s game tomorrow, but Roy Oswalt is starting instead. Roy is one of Jake’s closet friends and hunting buddies, so Jake’s cool with it. Did you that they got to start against each other on Opening Day last year? Jake definitely came out on top on the pitching side, and he even got a couple knocks off his buddy and drove in a few runs. What a great opening week that was. Seemed so hopeful, and look where our season went. Whew. Anyways, I am thankful that Jake isn’t pitching because I don’t want him to get hurt :)

Last night I listened to the last eight minutes of the San Diego State – Kansas State basketball game. OK, the only reason I did it was because a friend was at the game, and I wanted to be informed. I don’t know much about baseketball (it’s too fast-paced for me), but it was really interesting to listen to. Padres broadcaster Ted Leitner called the game, so it was cool to hear him in his other job. One thing I noticed about the broadcast was the drastic change when the game is controlled by the clock. Ted didn’t have time to talk about anything but what was going on in the game right then. During a Padres game, the guys have a ton of time to talk about anything and everything around calling the game. Much more relaxed in baseball. Anyway, the San Diego State Aztecs won 70-52. It was a really great game for SDSU. I didn’t completely understand what was going on, but it was a very well played game. The energy coming from the crowd of 5100 was amazing!

Well, have a great rest of your weekend, everybody!

GO PADRES!!!

(phote credit: me)         

Can’t Keep Up

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  • 10-8 Mariners

We tried. I mean, the offense was great. But once again, in a trend that we’ve been seeing all week, the hitting just can’t keep up with the pitching.

Cha Seung Baek got a five-run lead before he even took the mound. For my Padres, that’s great! It’s always good to get a big lead early. But the pitching just can’t keep those runs in check. Baek went 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. The Padres then sent Mike DeMark to the mound. I have never heard of this guy. I think he’s with Single-A Lake Elsinore. I don’t know why the Padres even had him in camp. This was DeMark’s first time facing major league batters, so maybe we can forgive him. But he gave up four runs. Ivan Nova, Cla Meredith, and Scott Patterson then had a scoreless inning each. But if DeMark hadn’t pitched, the score would have been 8-6 Padres. I mean, some other pitcher might have gone in who gave up even more runs, but I’m just saying. Oh well. I am pleased with the three guys who had scoreless innings, but Baek not so much. He has not been doing well this spring. I don’t want him in my rotation if he’s going to pitch like this!

We hit really well. As I mentioned, we got five runs in the top of the first. Catcher Eliezer Alfonso had two hits and two errors. Cliff Floyd went three-for-three. I am really excited about having Floyd off the bench. I think he will do very well for us. Adrian Gonzalez, playing for the first time since he got back from the WBC, had two hits! Jody Gerut and Luis Rodriguez also had two hits each. Our hitters are ready. That much is obvious. And I think the offense will be a lot better than it was last year. It’s the pitching that’s going to kill us this season.

Still no word if I can go to the Padres Fan Day, but I had a dream last night that I was going. It’s in two weeks!!

Today is the first day of spring!

daisy-3.jpgHere in San Diego, it’s really foggy outside. I think we might get rain this weekend. This happens like ever year. Yesterday, it was in the 80s. Today, it will be foggy all morning. It will probably clear up later, but it doesn’t look like spring out there right now. This San Diego weather is so funny…but I love it :)

Jake Peavy is starting the USA’s game against Japan on Sunday. I really hope he does well and doesn’t hurt himself. It’s going to be a great game!

Today we are playing the Cubs in Mesa. Kevin Correia will be starting for the Padres. Let’s see if the offense can keep up with the pitching today…

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: motherearthsgarden.com)

Only Nine

  • 9-4 Rangers

The number nine is one of the “sacred” numbers in baseball. It represents the length of a baseball game, not in terms of time or mintues, but in terms of duration. Each team has at least eight chances to give their team some runs, and either one or both of the teams will get a ninth chance, depending on the game situation. That ninth inning is usually pretty special. Sometimes, your closer will come out in a close game to try to save it. Other times, your team has to face the other team’s closer. If the home team is behind, they get one last chance to come from behind, to get a walk-off hit. If it’s a tied game, the home team only needs to score one run, and the game is over. The ninth inning can be very exciting.

In the Padres-Rangers game yesterday, the Padres’ pitching gave up nine runs. This is an improvement, as they had given up 12 runs on Tuesday. I mean, only nine! Cesar Ramos started, and boy did he start early. Meaning, he started the Rangers’ slaughter of us early. How’s four hits and three runs…in the top of the first?! In his three innings of work, he gave up five runs on seven hits.

joe thatcher.jpgThis is Joe Thatcher. JOE THATCHER CANNOT PITCH. Period. Well, sure, he can throw a ball to the plate, but that’s different. I can throw a ball to the plate! Being a “pitcher” as opposed to a “thrower” means being able to use your pitches, use the plate, and get batters out. JOE THATCHER IS A RUN-GIVER. He helps us lose. He used to be able to pitch, but he’s lost it. Lost it lost it lost it. Sure, it’s still Spring Training, and these pitchers are still getting into form, but still. Joe Thatcher gives up runs, whether it’s Spring Training, the regular season, or Single-Single-A. He did pretty well in Triple-A last year, but he can’t pitch in the majors. It’s too bad, but it’s the truth. Last year, he pitched 25.2 innings for the Padres, and he gave up 25 runs. NOT GOOD. In this spring so far, he’s pitched 7.2 innings, giving up ten hits and four runs. OK, so he’s doing a little better, but still. He can’t be on this roster.

The point of that whole rant was that Thatcher gave up two runs in yesterday’s game. I think the Spring Training stats are not up to date, so maybe Thatcher’s thrown 8.2 innings with twelve hits and six runs. I think that’s right…

Jae Kuk Ryu and Edwin Moreno each gave up a run, but Arturo Lopez and Matt Buschmann had scoreless innings. Obviously, the pitching is going through the dead-really-really-dead arm stage. I just hope they break out of it soon. Real soon. 

Kyle Blanks got the Padres’ first hit of the game in the fifth with a double. Will Venable then drove him in. Chris Burke walked and got a hit. Drew Macias hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but it was way too little too late. We are not doing well. But of course, it’s only spring. I don’t know. I just don’t want to go through a season like last year again.

If you guys haven’t seen it yet, you have got to watch this video on MLB.com. It’s called “Sounds of Spring Training”, and it’s hilarious. Check it out here. If the link doesn’t work, search for it. It’s amazing.

Last night I got to play some version of baseball with a bunch of my friends, and it was so much fun! We used a really soft ball, and all the fielders spread out wherever, but it was a blast. It’s one thing to play catch with my two younger brothers, but it’s quite another to actually play an “organized” game with people my age. I had so much fun! I was playing catch with a real baseball with a friend after the game, and I got hit in the side of my mouth area! I really should have caught the ball, but oh well. The first thing I was worried about was my retainer and all the work (braces, etc) I’ve had done in my mouth. But thankfully, everything was intact. I think my retainer cut the inside of my lip with the impact or something, though. It’s all swelled up, but I’m just thankful that it wasn’t worse!

Now, the Padres are having some injuries too. We found out yesterday that pitcher Mark Worrell is having some elbow soreness. This is the guy who we got in the Khalil Greene trade, the one who has that funky sidearm delivery. Also, Chris Young is going through his annual elbow tendonitis.

Tonight we are playing the Mariners in Peoria, but we are technically the visiting team (the Padres and the Mariners share the same facility, so there’s a bit of a rivalry). It will be an interesting game. Cha Seung Baek is starting.

GO PADRES!!

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USA!! USA!!

  • 6-5 Team USA

What a game. What a game. Just like, wow. It was like a playoff game, full of so much emotion and nail-biting. It was really a back-and-forth game. I didn’t watch it, and I didn’t even listen to it. But this morning I read the articles, watched the highlights. What a great victory for the United States!

Ted Lilly started the game for USA and gave up three runs in 3.1 innings. Padres’ closer Heath Bell gave up a run, as did Jonathan Broxton. The other four relievers did not give up a run or a hit. Kevin Youkilis hit a solo homer.

But the most exciting part, of course, was the bottom of the 9th. Yesterday, Jane Heller asked us on her blog if we liked blowouts or pitcher’s duels better. I wasn’t really sure, because I love both, but I think I got my answer with this game. I love these tight games where both teams keep chasing each other. One team gets a couple runs, the next team scores three, the first team ties it, the second team get another, the first team gets three to go ahead, and on and on and on. I love those games where it comes down to the bottom of the ninth, to do-or-die. And I love it when my Padres are able to come out on top, with a walk-off come-from-behind win. Oh man, that’s my favorite.

Last night’s game was very much like that. The score was 5-3 Puerto Rico going into the bottom of the ninth. Not impossible for this team of All-Stars to come back from. Here’s how it went down: Shane Victorino and Brian Roberts singled, followed by a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Kevin Youkilis walked in a run to bring USA that much closer. Then David Wright came to the plate.

With a count of 2-1, he hit a ball down the right field line, driving in two to win the game. His teammates jumped on him near second base (I really hope Jake wasn’t in that pile!!!). Watching the video of that walk-off hit just gave me chills. I LOVE walk-offs! It was so neat to hear Matt Vasgersian call the hit. How many times have I heard him call those walk-offs for the Padres, with his trademark, “Santa Maria!”? It was great to hear Matty V. again, obviously enjoying his new job.

What a great victory! There weren’t that many people in the stands, but the energy in that 9th inning felt so much like a playoff game. And so, the USA rolls on. But Jake needs to come back!!!! Also, Korea defeated Japan 4-1 last night at Petco Park. Very cool. I’m sure Hyun Young is excited :)      

  • 12-7 Angels

Alright, I’m changing topics to the Padres-Angels game yesterday. Nastiness! Our pitching is absolutely miserable!! Josh Geer, six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. Scott Patterson, three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings. Justin Hampson, three runs on four hits in one inning. Greg Burke, Ivan Nova, Chris Britton, and Mark Worrell were able to throw scoreless innings. Ah man, it’s bad. Our pitching is really bad.

But we are hitting. Jody Gerut hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot. Kouz and Chase Headley each drove in a run. Kyle Blanks had two hits. Chris Burke had a two-run single. Chris Snelling drove in a run. We hit very well. I was pleased. At one point we came from behind to take a 7-6 lead. Of course, it was quickly given up by the pitching staff, but at least we were able to get up on top. I’m telling you, our hitting cannot keep up with our pitching. They give up runs all through the game, and our hitters just can’t kept up. From Saturday, March 7th to yesterday’s game, our pitching staff has given up 85 runs. That’s ten games.  ACK!!!!

The Padres wore their green caps in honor of St. Patrick’s Day yesterday. It didn’t exactly match the navy blue uniforms, but it was cool. Broadcaster Andy Masur was commenting on the fact that it looked like Christmas in the stands, with all the Angels fans and green for the holiday.

After the game the Padres made a few roster moves. Wade LeBlanc was sent to Triple-A. Mike Ekstrom, Cesar Carrillo, and Travis Denker were also moved to Triple-A. Chris Britton, Matt Buschmann, Pete Ciofrone, Mitch Canham, and Cedric Hunter were sent to minor league camp. LeBlanc was considered a candidate for the rotation, but he needs a lot more time. He struggled as a starter when he came up near the end of last year, and he did not do well this spring either. The Britton move was kind of suprising. Sure, he wasn’t doing great, but the Padres were looking at him as an 8th inning set-up guy. But it was not to be. Chris has been told that he will not make the team out of Spring Training. That’s kind of sad, but these moves need to be made.

And now, the worst news of the week (even worse that the Padres’ pitching problems): TREVOR IS HURT!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Panic!!!!!! Well, it’s not that bad, but he’s an old dude. He needs to be very careful with himself. He has a Grade 1 (the least serious) strain of his right oblique muscle, sustained the day after his outing on Friday. The thing with Trevor is that he doesn’t pitch that much, and even when he does, it’s just one quick inning. As a result, he has to keep in shape while he’s not pitching. This is going to be tough for him, but hopefully he will be able to rebound with no further damage. AHHHH!!!! We need you healthy for your last year as a Padre in 2010, Trevor!!! Get well soon!!!!

get well soon.jpgToday we are playing the Rangers again in Peoria. Cesar Ramos will pitch three innings, followed by Walter Silva for two. Let’s see how many runs our pitching will give up today!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: arenaflowers.com)     

Always Belong to Us

As some of you may have heard, LaDanian Tomlinson signed a restuctured three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers last week. To be honest, it really went under my radar. I heard a snippet in the morning news on the radio, but that was it. Then again, I don’t listen to sports radio, so I probably missed it. After the Chargers lost in the playoffs, I realized that I had jumped on the bandwagon, and once they were done, I jumped right off. Now I don’t want anything to do with football. It’s baseball time. So, I am not here to talk about LT that much. Yeah, I’ve gotta talk about Trevor…again.

Trevor Hoffman and LaDainian Tomlinson are two major San Diego sports icons. Trevor was here for sixteen seasons. LT has been here for eight years. In fact, he was drafted by the Chargers. Now, there’s no doubt that both of these men have made huge impacts on the city of San Diego, both on the field and off. I don’t know if it’s just because they don’t like the Padres, but people are comparing Trevor to LT and saying that Trevor has less class because he left.

On Sunday I read the weekly letters to the editor in the sports section of the Union-Tribune. Aw man that drove me nuts! First off, there’s one from a man who lives in San Diego and says that, “…in the end he (Trevor) did not demonstrate the class of the athlete we had thought we knew so well.” This guy is talking about the fact that Trevor “takes the bigger money to leave town.” Uh, correction! Trevor was kicked out of San Diego. He didn’t have a choice but to leave. Sure, he could have taken the $4 million, but the Padres’ front office didn’t want him back. That was obvious. I mean, $4 million, no options. Not good enough. The front office did not treat him with the respect he deserves and has earned over all these years in San Diego!! Trevor’s brought so much to this city, and to this team! It was one of the worst things the Padres’ front office has ever done. 

Tony Gwynn spend twenty years in a Padres uniform. He was never part of another team. He certainly took less money to stay in San Diego. And guess what? Trevor has done that too. The last time Trevor was a free agent, the Indians offered him a great contract. He could have been gone years ago. But he stayed with the Padres, with a much lower contract. He did that because he loves San Diego, just like Tony Gwynn. He would not leave it if he could help it. Trevor did not leave San Diego willingly this offseason. He was forced to. You can’t sign with a team if they don’t want you. Merely hours before his signing with the Brewers, he contacted the Padres again, to see if there was any hope of negotiations. The Padres said no. THEY DON’T WANT HIM!!! I don’t know why. I’ve been struggling with this all offseason.

So now he’s with the Brewers. He still loves San Diego. It is my hope that he will be back here to pitch again for his team next year. But Trevor didn’t sign with the Dodgers. He could have. The Dodgers look like they are going to be very good this year. They have a chance to go deep into the postseason. Plus, they were just up the road. But he know what that would do to Padres fans. He wants to be here, but to make it easier for the San Diego fans, he signed with the Brewers. It also helped that the Brewers pursued him. Probably more than LA did.

Another letter in the Union-Tribune said: “Tim Sullivan’s column, ‘CEO Spanos makes it clear…’ was so very nice, and right on.  For the first time ever, he made me cry. Specifically, his line, ‘LT might play for some other team, but he will always belong to us,’ brought tears to my eyes. Trading LaDainian Tomlinson to another team at this stage of his career would be akin to the Padres trading Tony Gwynn to the Dodgers…” etc etc. Do you see it? You could use this letter to perfectly describe Trevor! “Trevor might play for some other team, but he will always belong to us.” “Trading Trevor Hoffman to another team at this stage of his career would be akin to the Padres trading LaDainion Tomlinson to the Raiders…” I think you get the point.

Trevor is as good of a person and a player as LT. And though the city of San Diego gets to enjoy watching LT play for at least three more years, we’re not going to have our all-time saves leader here, at least not yet. Padres GM Kevin Towers has said that he would at least like Trevor to sign with the Padres, get one save, and that would be enough. I agree. We would love to have him here longer, like a whole season, but if that’s all he’s got left in him, we will settle with one game. Just to see him again in that Padres uniform, to hear Hell’s Bells ringing through Petco Park for one last time, to see him pitch, would be incredible. I want to be at that game.

So, that’s what we true die-hard Padres fans are longing for. We want our closer back. Maybe one more game. Maybe one more season. We just want him back in San Diego. He will always belong to us. And we want him back where he belongs.

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Be sure to check out the Max Madness that’s going on over at the Max blog. My turn will be coming around sometime in the next few days, and I would really appreciate votes! I’m going up against another popular blog, so it will be a battle to see who comes out on top. But it’s all in fun, so I would love to move up, but if not, I won’t boycott MLBlogs or anything :) Thanks for the votes!

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Today the Padres are playing the Los Angeles Angels in Peoria. I have no idea who’s starting. All I know is that the game is at 1 pm and that Kyle Blanks will be playing first.

UPDATE: Corey Brock posted his entry just after I posted mine, so I now have the lineup:

CF Jody Gerut

2B David Eckstein

RF Brian Giles

3B Kevin Kouzmanoff

1B Kyle Blanks

LF Chase Headley

C Eliezer Alfonso

SS Luis Rodriguez

SP Josh Geer

Followed by pitchers Greg Burke, Scott Patterson, Ivan Nova and Mark Worrell. Geer is supposed to go five innings.  

Looks like Team Mexico got eliminated last night, so the Gonzalez boys and Scotty Hairston should be back in camp soon. That will be good. But tonight is a do-or-die game for Team USA. That will be very interesting. Team USA is dealing with a lot of injuries right now. This is pretty concerning. These guys need to be ready to play in the regular season!

Also, I’d like to welcome back Friar Fan, who started a Padres blog late last year and is now getting back into it. It’s so great to get all these Padres bloggers here! I am very excited. This blog never really got welcomed into the community, so go say hi!

Well, today is St. Patrick’s Day. I’m pretty sure I have some Irish blood somewhere from my parents, but a holiday isn’t a holiday if you don’t get work and school off. That’s what I think. And plus, I don’t like the color green. So, I’m a big St. Patrick’s Day humbug, but Happy St. Patrick’s Day anyway!

GO PADRES!!!!

(editor’s letters quotes credit to the San Diego Union-Tribune)  

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