Monday, August 11, 2008

Padres take series in Denver

The Padres took 2 of 3 from division rival Colorado Rockies this weekend behind some very strong hitting, believe it or not ! Kevin Kouzmanoff had back to back to back 3 hit games, while Luis Rodriguez had back to back multi-hit games. And yesterday it came to a head as the Padres routed the Rockies 16-7, behind the power of Kouz, Gerut, Giles & Carlin who notched his first big league HR of his career, an opposite way shot over the Lft/Ctr wall.

But not to be forgotten in any way shape or form was that the top 5 of the Padres lineup completely wore out Rockies pitching yesterday. Each had a multi-hit game, and Jody Gerut & Brian Giles were wrecking machines as they seemed impossible to get out.

Also Chase Headley showed the kind of plate discipline that Sandy Alderson and our FO has been preaching by collecting 3 walks during yesterdays game, one of them resulted in an RBI, which is rare, but shows his patience at the plate and willingness to maintain his good approach. Chase is also showing how well he’s adapting to playing everyday LF. This was a concern for some, since it was a new position for this kid, but he’s very athletic, has a great work ethic, and has shown very few signs of struggles in the field thus far. Last night was a good example of this as he was tested in virtually every way but having to throw someone out. He showed good range to both is right and left, and had a ball scorched directly at him, and anyone that’s played the game knows that those can sometimes be the trickiest of them all. He appeared to have no problems whatsoever, and fielded his position like a “pro”. Meanwhile he’s showing the FO that LF isn’t a concern if they should choose to leave him out there, allowing for them to keep both he and Kouz in the same lineup, and not have to trade one or the other. Which in this persons opinion is the best solution of all.

Padres pitching was still pretty dicey, and when it allowed 7 runs in the 3rd inning, I think most Padre fans got that uneasy feeling that even the 11 run lead wasn’t safe. Not to be this day, as the offense picked up the slack and hammered out 5 more runs to ensure the series victory.

This begs another poll regarding what fans really think our goals for the remaining season should be. Vote to your right for whether you think the Padres should play hard the rest of the way risking the 1st overall pick, or whether they should play for that pick knowing what kind of talent in Strasburg awaits the winner of that prize.

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San Diego
4 0 7 0 0 3 1 0 1
16 20 0
0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
7 14 0

Play Ball !!!

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