The Padres are tied for first again after Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory over Arizona at Petco Park (box score). That’s nice, but let’s not get carried away just yet. Not to bring everyone down, but being in first place on August 30 isn’t the goal, it’s just a signpost along the highway. The Padres have 30 games remaining on the schedule, and if the fact that they’ve picked up 5 games in the standings over the past 11 games doesn’t convince you that anything can happen, then I don’t know what will.
Back to Wednesday, Greg Maddux gave another solid performance. He got himself into trouble a few times, but mostly got himself out of it as well. The play he made on Orlando Hudson’s grounder in the third was a game saver. With runners at second and third, and one out, Hudson hit a chopper between the pitcher’s mound and the third-base line. Maddux bolted off the mound, did a quick jump to grab the ball, and fired home to nail an onrushing Justin Upton at the plate.
Meawhile, Chris Young will make his scheduled start Thursday, which is good news because… well, because he’s got the best ERA in the league and why wouldn’t you want him starting against a chief competitor down the stretch? It’s also good because who knows who will start on Friday when the Dodgers come to town. Here’s hoping Young is healthy and back to his dominant self.
Of course, we all want to see the Padres complete the sweep on Thursday, but what’s really cool is that the worst-case scenario has Arizona leaving town tied with San Diego in the loss column. With a month left in the season, I can live with that.
by Peter Friberg
You will not see…
Portland 9, Tucson 7 (10 innings)
Game 1: San Antonio 5, Midland 2
Chase Headley: 2 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI; 2B, BB
Nick Hundley: 2 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI; 2B, BB
Game 2: San Antonio 2, Midland 1
Chase Headley: 1 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI; 2 BB
Luis Cruz: 2 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 2 RBI; HR, SB
Mike Baxter: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI; 2B, BB
David Freese: 3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI; 2 BB
Nathaniel Culp: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR
Eric Sogard: 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI
Cedric Hunter: 3 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; 2 2B, BB, SO, CS
Danny Payne: 3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI; 3 BB, SO
Kellen Kulbacki: 5 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2 RBI; 2B, HR, 2 SO
Yefri Carvajal: 5 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 3 RBI; 2 2B, HR, SO – wow!
Mat Latos: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 0 HR – sick!
No significant performances…
I might be Kellen Kulbacki’s biggest fan (other than his family) and he might not make my Padres Top 10… This system has some serious depth.
How about the Yefri and Latos show?
Thanks, Peter. First pitch Thursday night is at 7:05 p.m. PT. Be here or be elsewhere. Go Padres!