Random thoughts from Friday night’s victory over the Reds…
- Kevin Correia did a nice Adam Eaton impression, dominating and then unraveling. Correia had a no-no through five but couldn’t make it out of the sixth. The Padres have scored 35 runs in his four starts. Or, to put it another way, 47.3% of all runs they’ve scored so far in 2010 have come in 25% of their games.
- The Padres enjoyed a six-run fourth inning, which is their second-best fourth inning of the young season. They plated 10 in the home opener and have scored 23 runs in fourth innings of games so far. Or, to put it another way, 31.1% of their runs have come in 11% of their innings. It’s a dramatic difference from what they’re doing in the third inning:
Inn PA BA OBP SLG R 3rd 67 .196 .318 .250 0 4th 85 .343 .440 .614 23
- Bases loaded, nobody out for Adrian Gonzalez? In that ballpark? Yummy.
- Tony Gwynn Jr. knocked a two-run homer to chase Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo in the fourth. Next inning, reliever Micah Owings plunked Gwynn on what looked like a purpose pitch. Owings probably should have plunked Arroyo for allowing a homer to Gwynn. Big power hitter there… he once hit four home runs in a season at Triple-A Nashville, way back in 2006.
- Matt Stairs got his first start of the season and rewarded manager Bud Black by whacking a two-run double in the second to give the Padres an early 2-0 lead.
- Tim Stauffer did a terrific job in relief of Correia, allowing two singles and fanning three of the 10 batters he faced. What else is new? Microscopic sample (39 PA), but opponents are hitting .189/.231/.216 against him so far. I hope Stauffer can keep this going. After all he’s been through, it’d be good to see him have a career.
- It seems like every year the Padres stash someone on their pitching staff that they’re afraid to use or lose. In 2009 it was Rule V draftee Luis Perdomo; in 2010 it’s Sean Gallagher. You’d like to see a guy shut the door when handed an eight-run lead. Granted, Gallagher hadn’t pitched in more than a week, but the Padres have been playing a lot of close games and why would you bring him into a close game?
Morning game (10:10 a.m. PT) on Saturday. Wade LeBlanc faces Johnny Cueto. I have concerns about LeBlanc pitching in a bandbox, but the way the offense is going, maybe it won’t matter. I’ll be commenting on the game via Twitter if anyone is interested in joining me.