Not a lot to say this morning that hasn’t already been beaten to death. The Padres had opportunities Tuesday evening (recap | boxscore) but failed to cash in on them. Loading the bases and making a guy throw 34 pitches in the first inning is great; leaving all three runners stranded, not so much.
David Wells pitched okay. Not great, but okay. Well enough to win most nights. He certainly isn’t the focus of my frustration.
What I do find irritating is the continued absence of a right-handed bat off the bench (Geoff Blum? Rob Bowen? Jake Peavy? Greg Maddux?). Terrmel Sledge is 0-for-15 against left-handers this year, and it would have been nice to have the option of lifting him in the eighth against John Grabow. But with two pitchers on the staff (Kevin Cameron and Justin Hampson) who generally don’t get into actual games, that’s not possible.
Speaking of Cameron, it’s great to see him finally get into a game again (first time since May 11), but the timing strikes me as odd. With everyone fully rested after an off-day, I’d expected to see someone a little more tenured come into a two-run game in the seventh.
Unless there is a physical issue we’re not aware of, it seems weird to me that you’d give a guy 18 days of rest and then throw him into a relatively high-leverage situation. Like, I’m guessing the Padres have been down two runs late in a game at some point during that stretch.
If Cameron was hurt (and even if not, make something up already — dude sat for 18 days), it sure would have been nice to have a right-handed bat on the bench. Craig Wilson (released by the Braves and since signed by the White Sox) probably was worth a flier. Is Eduardo Perez still looking for work?
I dunno. Cameron bats right-handed. Can he hit at all?
by Peter Friberg
You will not see all the notable performances from the night before, but you will see the notable performances from those who are actually prospects.
Mike Thompson: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR
Royce Ring: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR
Will Venable: 5 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; SO – batting leadoff
Chase Headley: 5 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; 2 SO
Nick Hundley: 5 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 6 RBI; 2B, HR, 2 SO
Sean Thompson: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR
David Freese: 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI; HR, 2 SO
Kyle Blanks: 4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 3 RBI; 2 HR
Rayner Contreras: 3 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 1 RBI; HR, BB
As of this morning, the Padres have today and tomorrow to sign Matt Latos. to sign Matt Latos. Denis Savage, of MadFriars.com, has the latest info and indicates that the Padres are not optimistic they’ll get it done.
If the Padres do not sign Latos, expect them to take some shots at players who are considered tougher signs because of their college commitments.
Chris Young gets the call for the Padres tonight. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. PT. See you at the IGD…