A weblog covering the San Diego Padres.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Eaton's Good Eatin', and Lots of Stuff

Well, Adam Eaton threw a no-no through I think 7 1/3 tonight. The Petco record crowd (something like 43k or 45k attendance) fired up for fireworks got to see Eaton mow through the Royal for ten strikeouts and no hits until back to back doubles sandwiching a passed ball that nailed the ump in the head.

Aki Otsuka then blew the lead, surrendering a HR to Tony Graffanino, and Witasick and Hoffman came in to save the day after the Padres scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth after a throw to home nailed the unsuspecting Ken Harvey in the side. He was trying to watch the play at the plate and had ducked to let the throw get by him but it came in low and made Harvey Channel 4's highlight reel victim.

Pads win 5-4.

The Padres have now taken the first two from the Royals and are a healthy 43-37, 1.5 games back of San Francisco for first place in the N.L. West.

Los Angeles finally demoted the ineffective Hideo Nomo, and could recover. The Padres have snuck back into this thing playing some bad ballclubs while L.A./S.F. had an eight game mess against each other and then Frisco went off to play Oakland. Talk about an opening from the heavens.

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I've been negligent in researching more of the Padres' draftees, and you have my apologies. I'll try again this week, it's fun but time-consuming.

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As promised a week or so ago, the site has a new feature I'll try and keep up on. If you see Mark Prior without band-aids below, he had a win or a good outing. If there are bandages, he had a loss or a bad outing.

Check below to see what happened:

Prior went up against Houston on Thursday and got the no decision. He pitched 7.1 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, a homer, three walks and four strikeouts over 96 pitches. Kind of an average outing for him, but the Cubs won. His ERA stands at 3.38.

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I don't like seeing stories like this one. Jason Bay had a 9-RBI game and statistically is playing better than Brian Giles so far. Giles has a run-suppressing park for half his games, but Bay's having a nice little season. Now if only he were ever healthy.

It also mentions that Oliver Perez (4-4, 3.22ERA) has righted his ship. I really liked Bay, so it's disheartening to see Giles not set the world on fire. Mind you he's been a very good baseball player this year, but it would be nice to have just a little bit extra. Maybe that will come after the break.

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Free Morgan Ensberg!

Ensberg had his first homerun this season. Finally! He set a club record for third basemen with 25 dingers last year in less than fulltime action, so it's been a surprise to see his power disappear. He's starting to hit again (knew he would) so we'll keep an eye on his progress.

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Here's some San Diego news for you. Del Mar racing season is almost upon us. I've made more than a few consecutive opening days and hope to continue my streak this year.

As part of their promotional schedule, Del Mar has cooperated with local alternative radio station 91X to create "4-O-Clock Fridays". Races start at 4PM and afterwards there are free concerts at the entrance featuring various bands. In the past they've had Jack Johnson and some other good names I've since forgotten, but below is this year's slate, a pretty impressive group if you ask me for a racetrack.

July 23: Jet
July 30: Switchfoot
August 6: Rugburns
August 13: Pete Yorn (About as good of a musician that isn't mainstream as you can get)
August 20: Donovan Frankenreiter
August 27: Super Diamond
September 3: Violent Femmes (Huuuuuuuuge)

This one I can't believe. They also will have an infield microbrew festival (done that before) that will feature one of my alltime favorite bands, Cake. See more at the link here. That's way cool. Saturday August 7 for those with calendars nearby.

Here is the rest of the Del Mar events page, I highly reccommend the DayBreak at Del Mar. I went there a few times with my parents, it's kind of early, but you get to sit down and eat breakfast if you want, and can walk around the track watching the horses warm up. It's a great thrill and you don't have to wait 30-35 minutes to see another horse go by. It's very relaxed and very California. Afterwards you have the rest of the day and you're already in the Del Mar area and can do a lot of fun things there.

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Jake Peavy is back, forgot to mention that a few days ago. Big news for the Padres if you ask me. He was pretty average but the team won, so hey.

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Trevor Hoffman was on the Jim Rome show Friday. He didn't have a whole lot to say, but Rome really likes him. He did say that he is pitching better this year, been able to gain some velocity (just a touch) as he's still doing the 89MPH fastball/74MPH change thing. He praised Eric Gagne a lot and also was asked about the Hall of Fame. He said that would be nice, and Rome said there's no way Trevor doesn't make it. We shall see.

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Roberto Alomar hit a grand slam to help defeat the Padres the other night. What's wrong with that picture? I forgot he was a)playing ball and b)any good. Why did he save that for the Padres? I hate when that happens.

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One more USC related item. Chad Moeller hit a grand slam a few days ago. He also hit for the cycle earlier this season. Those are two of his four homeruns, quite a way to do them. Anyway, I'm guessing he's one of, if not, THE only player to hit for the cycle and hit a grand slam in the same season. If you find out if that's true or not, let me know in email or the comment forum below. Either way that's amazing. Way to go Chad!

More to come during the week, hopefully I can get into some commentary on the difficulty of the Padres trying to make trades this year. It may not be very easy and it's our fault. If I get to it you'll see why.

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