Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Padres win 4-1 over Nationals

Tuesday September 1, 2009

The San Diego Padres guaranteed their 3rd straight series win with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at Petco Park tonight.

The up and down Clayton Richard pitched a very nice game, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 over 6 2/3 innings for his 8th win of the season and 4th as a Padre. He is now 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in a Padres uniform.

Will Venable made a great defensive play in RF to save a run in the 6th and stroked an RBI single to drive in Kevin Kouzmanoff in the 2nd. Kouzmanoff went 1 for 4 with a double, a sac fly to drive n a run and a run scored. Oscar Salazar continued his hot hitting off the bench with a pinch hit solo home run in the 7th.

The key play for the Padres may have been a pick off of Elijah Dukes in the 7th. With the score 2-0 Richard picked Dukes off 1st base for the 2nd out. The next batter, Josh Bard, crushed a home run to LF. It would have been a tie game with 1 out, but for that pick off play.

With the win the Padres improved to 58-76 on the season and the Nationals fell to 48-87.

Say it isn't so

Tuesday September 1, 2009

Corey Brock of MLB.com said in an article today that the Padres may give Mat Latos one more start this season against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Why? What purpose does it serve?

Latos is already well past twice his innings pitched from last year, has been ineffective in 3 of his last 4 starts, it is obvious he is worn down and any additional starts only subjects him to injury.

The Padres are not going to catch the Dodgers or make the playoffs.

So why take the chance?

Lets hope they think better of it and sit him down for the month. Let him do his bullpen work and learn from watching from the bench.

Seems to me that Bud Black wants to atone for being a complete idiot in leaving Latos in too long and letting him get pounded in his last start and wants the Padres to compound his mistake by giving Latos another start vs the Dodgers.

I do hope that cooler and smarter heads prevail.