Monday September 14, 2009
The San Diego Padres rebounded from an opening game loss to the Colorado Rockies to take the next two games and win their 6th straight series and 8 of 10 over the last month.
Only the St Louis Cardinals have been able to take a series from the Padres during a stretch that saw them play 5 contending teams and 2 others that entered the season expected to contend. Only the Nationals were a sub .500 team over that stretch.
That HAS to give both players and fans confidence in this young team going into 2010.
Sunday the Padres scored a run in the 2nd only to see starting pitcher Clayton Richard get wild in the 4th and give up 3 runs on 2 walks followed by 2 hits. The Padres clawed and scraped to get a single run in the 5th to narrow the gap to 3-2 and then Rockies starting pitcher Jason Marquis suffered from his own bout with wildness in the 6th, walking 4 (1 intentional) and giving up 2 hits, and the Padres were able to put 3 runs on the board in that frame to take a 6-3 lead that they never relinquished.
Oh, You want to know what happened offensively? Adrian Gonzalez went 3-5 and Will Venable went 2-5 with his 11th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd.
Adam Russell, who joined the Padres in the Peavy trade, got the win. Richard, who was pulled in the 5th for pinch hitter Edgar Gonzalez, did not figure in the decision.
Jason Marquis took the loss for the Rockies, his 11th of the season against 15 wins.
Next up - the Arizona Diamondbacks
In other Padres News:
Today the Padres called up RHP Ernesto Frieri and OF Luis Durango from AA San Antonio after the Missions were eliminated from the Texas League playoffs.