I have a strong preference for well-pitched games, but sometimes it’s fun to see your team go off like the Padres did on Monday night against the Mets. I probably appreciate it more because it doesn’t happen often with this club, in this ballpark… although it’s worth noting that the Padres’ two biggest outbursts in 2010 have come at home.
It was like one of those weird dreams. Every time I looked up, the Padres had the bases loaded and nobody out, with Luis Durango at the plate. That exact configuration occurred three times. What I’m trying to say is, I need to look up more often.
In the second, after Durango popped weakly to shallow right and Kevin Correia struck out, Jerry Hairston Jr. stepped to the plate. There was an obnoxious Mets fan behind us. I had no doubt that the Padres would fail to score despite their advantageous situation and we would be subjected to “clever” commentary for much of the evening.
Then Hairston knocked an 0-1 pitch from Hisanori Takahashi off the second-deck facade of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Dude kept chirping for a while but left after a few innings, when it became clear that his team didn’t have it.
I enjoyed watching the Padres respond to each of the Mets’ attempts to turn this one back into a game. Holding a 6-1 advantage in the fifth, Correia coughed up three runs. No problem… the Padres came back to score four (two on bases-loaded walks, but still).
Next inning, Correia surrendered a two-run homer to Rod Barajas on an 0-2 pitch. The Padres answered with six of their own. Sure, the Mets scored five runs in two innings, but the Padres scored twice that number.
- Six Padres collected two or more hits.
- Each of the #3 through #6 hitters (Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Chris Denorfia) reached base four times. They combined to go 12-for-20 with two doubles, a homer, and four walks.
- Hairston and Hundley are out of control. Hundley now leads the team in BA, SLG, OPS, and OPS+.
- Granted, we’re looking at this immediately after the team’s highest run total of the season, but check out the Padres offensive home/road splits through May:
G R/G BA OBP SLG Home 28 4.39 .251 .339 .361 Road 23 4.30 .244 .310 .371
My time is up. You people are lovely; don’t ever change… unless the stench becomes too much, in which case, do everyone a favor and put on some clean clothes.