Friday April 10, 2009
Four games are in the books in 2009 and the San Diego Padres have won 2. All wins are great and they are even better when they are against the hated Los Angeles Dodgers.
In both of the wins by the Padres they have come from behind to score 3 runs late in the game.
On Tuesday the Padres scored 3 runs in the 6th inning against Dodgers starter Randy Wolf and reliever Guillermo Mota and the Padres bullpen shut down the Dodgers in the 7th, 8th and 9th for the first win of the season - 4-2.
On Thursday the Padres came back from a 3-1 deficit with a 3 run 8th inning that was led by Adrian Gonzalez first home run of the season, a solo shot to deep left field. Heath Bell then came in and got his second save of the young season - 4-3.
Two wins; two late inning, 3 run come backs.
You have got to love the resilience and never say die attitude of the Padres players. Especially against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the consensus favorites to win the NL West.
How excited would you be as a fan if the Padres continued to play .500 baseball all season?
Remember when it seemed the entire world was saying the Padres bullpen was in tatters and going to be a major weakness?
Well, through 4 games 6 of the 7 relievers have combined for 9.2 IP, 5 hits and no runs.
The other reliever, Ed Mujica, has given up 5 hits and 3 runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Overall the Padres bullpen has combined for 12 innings, 10 hits, and 3 runs allowed for a 2.25 ERA and 2 saves.
This team is certainly not as bad so far as it was predicted to be by many.
Winning teams find ways to come back and win. Lets hope the Padres continue to be the come back kids.
I have had my say. Now what do you think?
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