Saturday, July 28, 2007

Padres 2007 - Games 101-110

After 100 games, the Pads are 54-46 (home 28-24, road 26-22), Runs 415-371, Homers 90-62. The Pads have lost 1 in a row, 5 of last 7, 6 of last 10, 8 of the 13 since the All-Star break.

100 games gives us a good benchmark to determine team and personal statistics:

Runs scored: Pads 415 (4.15 per game), opponents 371 (3.71 per game)
Hits: Pads 826 (8.26 per game), opponents 851 (8.51 per game)
Doubles: Pads 195 (1.95 per game), opponents 156 (1.56 per game)
Homers: Pads 90 (0.90 per game), opponents 62 (0.62 per game)
Walks: Pads 333 (3.33 per game), opponents 274 (2.74 per game)
Strikeouts: Pads 773 (7.73 per game), opponents 670 (6.70 per game)
Onbase Average: Pads 0.313, opponents 0.307

Innings pitched: Pads 913.2 (9.13 per game), opponents 910.0 (9.10 per game)
Earned runs: Pads 344 (3.44 per game), opponents 377 (3.77 per game)
ERA: Pads 3.39, opponents 3.73.

Game 101 - Thursday, July 26, SD at Houston: Astros win 7-1. The Pads were never in this game after the first inning. David Wells pitched terribly - 7 runs in 3 innings, 3 homers, loser, now 5-7). The Pads managed a run in the first off of Wandy Rodriguez, then were stym,ied on 3 hits the rest of the way. The only bright spot was the 5 innings of shutout relief by Clay Hensley, Joe Thatcher andDoug Brocail. After 191 games, the Pads are 54-47 (home 28-24, road 26-23), Runs 416-378, Homers 90-65. The team has lost 2 straight, 6 of last 8, and are 5-9 since the All-Star break.

Game 102 - Friday, July 27, SD at Houston: Pads win 9-4. Jake Peavy was on tonight (7 innings, 1 ER, 4 hits, 2 BB, 8 Ks, won, now 10-5) as the Padres piled up 9 runs on 12 hits (including 4 in the 8th and 9th). Milton Bradley had a solo homer and Brian Giles had 3 RBI. Joe Thatcher struggled in the 9th, giving up 3 runs while making 2 throwing errors plus a hit and a walk. After 102 games, the Pads are 55-47 (home 28-24, road 27-23), Runs 425-382, Homers 91-65. The Pads have won one in a row, lost 6 of last 9, and 6 of last 10.

Russell Branyan was released and Scott Hairston was obtained in a trade with Arizona for a minor league pitcher. This move is probably a mistake, although Hairston is younger and a better outfielder. Chris Young went on the disabled list.

Game 103, Saturday, July 28, SD at Houston: Astros win, 3-1. The Padres' offensive woes continued as Roy Oswalt held them to 1 run on 3 hits over 7 innings. Greg Maddux pitched well after the first inning, but he gave up 3 runs on a walk, a double and a homer. Maddux lost, he's now 7-8 (6 innings, 3 ER, 5 hits, 2 BB, 0 Ks). After 103 games, the Pads are 55-48 (home 28-24, road 27-24), Runs 426-385, Homers 91-66. The Pads have lost 1 in a row, and 7 out of the last 10, and are 6-10 since the All-Star break.

Game 104, Sunday, July 29, SD at Houston: Pads win 18-11. The Padres' broke out of their July slump with 11 runs in the first, and led 12-0 when Houston started their comeback. It was 12-8 after 4 innings, 15-11 after 5 innings, and the Pads scored 3 in the 9th to put it away. Tim Stauffer was called up to take Chris Young's place, and could not survive the 4th inning (7 ER, 4 H, 3 BB). The Astros hit 4 home runs in their comeback - 3 off Stauffer and 1 off Clay Hensley. Doug Brocail, Cla Meredith and Heath Bell shut out the Astros over the last 4 innings. Every Padres starter had at least 2 hits, except for Geoff Blum. Mike Cameron, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kousmanoff hit home runs as the Pads pounded 8 Astros pitchers for 19 hits with 5 walks. After 104 games, the Pads are 56-48 (home 28-24, road 28-24), Runs 444-396, Homers 94-70. The Pads have won 1 in a row, and have lost 7 out of the last 10, and are 7-10 since the All-Star break.

Coming off this road trip, the Pads are in third place, but only 1/2 game out of first place in the NL West.

Game 105, Tuesday, July 31, Arizona at SD: Snakes win, 4-0. This was never a close game, mainly because Brandon Webb and two relievers dominated SD hitters, striking out 8 and giving up only 4 hits. Justin Germano gave up two-run homers to Stephen Drew in the second, and to Chris Young in the 5th. After 105 games, the Pads are 56-49 (home 28-25, road 28-24), Runs 444-400, Homers 94-72. The Pads have lost one in a row, and lost 7 out of the last 10, and are 7-11 since the All-Star break.

The Padres traded for OF Rob Mackowiak (White Sox), 3B Morgan Ensberg (Houston) and LHP Will Ledesma. Jose Cruz was released, and Tim Stauffer and Joe Thatcher were optioned to AAA Portland.

Game 106, Wednesday, August 1, Arizona at SD: Snakes win 9-5 in 11 innings. This may be the most critical loss of the year to date. Arizona had a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th with their closer on them ound, but the Pads scored 4 in the 9th, the last two on Milton Bradley's 5th homer with two out to tie the game. Then in the 11th, Heath Bell gave up 4 runs, the big hit being a 3-run homer by Chad Tracy. David Wells was OK through 3, but gave up 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th (5.1 innings, 5 ER, 9 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks). Brocail, Hampson, Cameron and Hoffman pitched well in relief, until Bell took the loss (now 4-3). After 106 games, the Pads are 56-50 (home 28-26, road 28-24), Runs 449-409, Homers 95-73, Pads have lost 2 in a row, 7 out of last 10, are 7-12 since the All-Star break. Even so, they are only 2-1/2 games behind Arizona in the NL West.

Game 107, Thursday, August 2, Arizona at SD: Pads win 11-0 (Linda, Lori and Logan went to the game). Jake Peavy is back on track - his second good game in a row (7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks, won, now 11-5). The Pads got 4 homers off the Snake pitchers, but only 10 hits overall. Rob Mackowiak played RF and went 2 for 5 in the leadoff spot. Morgan Ensburg played 3B and had 2 homers with 4 RBIs - good start! Adrian Gonzalez and Kahlil Greene had homers also. After 107 games, the Pads are 57-50 (home 29-26, road 28-24), Runs 460-409, Homers 99-73. The Pads have won 1 in a row, won 4 out of the last 10, and are 8-12 since the All-Star break.

Game 108, Friday, August 3, SF at SD: Pads win 4-3 in 10 innings. The Pads were dominated by Matt Cain for 7 innings, were behind 3-0, then scored 3 in the 8th on a homer by Scott Hairston, and then he hit a solo homer in the 10th to win it. Greg Maddux pitched just OK (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 hits, 0 BB, 3 K), but held Barry Bonds hitless. The bullpen closed it out with 3 scoreless innings (winner was Heath Bell, now 5-3). After 108 games, the Pads are 58-50 (home 30-26, road 28-24), Runs 464-412, Homers 101-73. The Pads have won 2 in a row, won 5 of the last 10, and are 9-12 since the All-Star break.

Game 109, Saturday, August 4, SF at SD: Pads win, 3-2 in 12 innings. The story was Barry Bonds 755th career homer in the 1st inning off Clay Hensley. We were there for this game. Clay Hensley pitched OK (4.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks), and the bullpen threw 8 innings of shutout, 2-hit, 2 BB ball, with Cla Meredith getting the win (now 4-5). The Pads got a leadoff homer from Scott Hairston, then added a run after Hairston singled and Mike Cameron tripled. In the 12th, Marcus Giles walked, stole second, sacrificed to third by Cameron, Bard and Gonzalez were intentionally walked, and Kahlil Greene drove a single past the drawn-in infield for the winning RBI. After 109 games, the Pads are 59-50 (home 31-26, road 28-24), Runs 467-414, Homers 102-74. The Pads have won 3 in a row, 5 out of last 10, and are 10-12 since the All-Star break.

Game 110, Sunday, August 5, SF at SD: Pads win 5-4. Justin Germano pitched a decent game (5.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 hits, 2 BB, 3 Ks) and left with the score tied. The bullpen went 3 scoreless innings, before Trevor Hoffman saved it in the 9th, but he gave up 2 runs on a homer by Benjie Molina. Barry Bonds did not play. The Pads got an RBI single by Marcus Giles in the 2nd, and a run in the 5th on an error by the 3B as Mike Cameron stole third. In the 6th, the Pads got 2 runs on RBIs by a Marcus Giles sac fly and a Brian Giles ground out. In the 8th, Mike Cameron scored Morgan Ensberg with a double to center. After 110 games, the Pads are 60-50 (home 32-26, road 28-24), runs 472-418, Homers 102-75. The Pads have won 4 in a row, won 6 of last 10, and are 11-12 since the All Star break.

In a roster move, Clay Hensley was sent to AAA Portland and Mike Thompson was brought up. The bullpen is exhausted. Milton Bradley, Brian Giles and Scott Hairston are dinged up but all should play this next week.

The U-T didn't print the stats after this game in time for this post, so I'll add them next time.

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