Monday, May 4, 2009

San Diego Padres: The Week That Wasn't

Well, usually when you take a look back at the week that was, you usually look back fondly thinking of all the things that happened.

For the fans of the San Diego Padres, myself included, we'll call this "The Week That Wasn't," because there's nothing to look back on fondly, except for maybe good outings from Jake Peavy and Chris Young...finally.

  • April 27th: After a 2-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants and losing 2-of-3 at home against the Pirates, you'd think the Padres would be able to take apart a team like the Rockies. Yeah, not so much. Starter Chris Young gets ambushed by the Rockies, giving up eight runs in just three innings of work. Padres lose 12-7.

  • April 28th: Padres snap a three game losing streak, even after their bullpen tries to hand the game to Colorado, their offense has enough in the tank to come from behind. An RBI single from Luis Rodriguez in the ninth is enough for Heath Bell to close out the Rockies for his eighth save of the season. Padres win 4-3.

  • April 29th: Kevin Correia pitches well, not great, but he keeps the Padres in the game, down just 3-0 after five innings. The bullpen decides to give up four more runs and even though the Padres stage a comeback, scoring five runs between in the seventh and eighth innings, it's too little too late. Padres lose 7-5.

  • April 30th: Padres start a four game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Josh Geer doesn't have a great start, but again, keeps his team in the game. He left after giving up four runs through six innings, his offense pulling ahead with two runs in the top half of the seventh. But their bullpen gave up another lead, and eventually the game. Padres lose 8-5.

  • May 1st: After dropping seven of their last nine, the Padres would need a good effort from ace Jake Peavy to get back on track. They didn't get a good effort, they got a great effort from Peavy. Only problem was, their offense decided to take the night off. Peavy pitches eight shutout innings and gets no help. Padres lose 1-0.

  • May 2nd: This can't possibly get any worse, could it? Peavy has his first great start of the season, and gets no run support. Chris Young is next up and is just as dominant, giving up just one run in his seven innings pitched, yet the offense only gives him one run in support off an Edgar Gonzalez solo home run in the first inning. Luke Gregerson loads the bases and gives up a game winning single to Andre Etheir in the tenth inning. Padres lose 2-1.

  • May 3rd: Chad Gaudin gets the start against the Dodgers, Padre fans were hoping for the same effort he gave in his debut when he threw five shutout innings. They hoped for too much as Gaudin gave up six runs through 5 2/3 innings. Padres lose 7-3.

A week this team would rather forget and a losing skid that has the team wondering if there's any end in sight. You have to believe Kevin Towers and the Padres' front office has already begun to talk about what changes they can make to right this ship. It's just a matter of time before those changes start coming.

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