May 2011

5/31 Lineup @ ATL

Padres lineup - May 31

Chase Headley is working on a season-high nine-game hitting streak (11-for-33, .333) and is one away from tying his career-high of hitting in 10-straight games (6/25-7/5/08).

Mat Latos is coming off his 5/25 vs. STL start, when he worked a season-high 8.0 innings of one-run ball for his second win of the year.

Rolling right along

The Padres took their third straight with an extra-inning 3-2 win over the Braves. Heath Bell picked up the save, his third in as many days. It is the third time in his career that he as picked up three saves in three days, also accomplishing the feat 4/16-18/09 and 8/10-13/10 (four straight).

Ryan Ludwick continues his tear at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two RBI yesterday. Over his last 17 games, dating back to 5/11, he is hitting .364 (24-for-66) with four home runs and 19 RBI, raising his average 63 points over that span. With 22 RBI in May, Ludwick ranks third in the National League. He is tied for eighth in the NL on the season with 34.

Bring on the Braves

The Padres took two of three from Washington, sealing the deal with a 5-4 come-from-behind win today. Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Padres have gone 34-12 (.739) against the Washington/Montreal franchise, posting a 13-2 series record.

The club begins a three-game set at Atlanta tomorrow with Aaron Harang taking on Tim Hudson. Harang has allowed just two runs (one earned) in his last two starts, working 15.0 innings. The Padres will be looking for their first series victory over the Braves since 8/25-27/09. That three-game series in 2009 is the only series victory for the Padres over the Braves since 2005.

Here are the probables for the upcoming series:

Monday – RHP Aaron Harang vs. RHP Tim Hudson

Tuesday – RHP Mat Latos vs. LHP Mike Minor

Wednesday – LHP Clayton Richard vs. RHP Tommy Hanson

When the rain delays, the Gnome will play

A little rain can’t stop this gnome!

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Reminder, the Padres Garden Gnomes will be given away on the next homestand on Saturday, June 4 during the Padres 5:35 pm game agains the Astros. Check out more information here:

Photo Contest Winners!

Congrats to the winners of our first photo contest. Take a look at the winning submissions below.

First, our grand prize goes to Luke and Brant. Luke (left) decided to celebrate his sixth birthday by going to his first Padres game with his friend (and dad, of course).

Our first runner up is Justin, who came  to the May 19 game and got a shot with the Aztec band. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

And finally, our second runner up is David, who sent in this artsy shot of Luke Gregerson watching the game from the bullpen.

It’s as simple as that, folks. Come to a game, take a picture, come to another game on us. Keep an eye out for our next contest. Got an idea for a good contest? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Pads visit Walter Reed

Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer and Luke Gregerson took time today to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with Wounded Warriors.

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The guys share their thoughts on today’s experience:

Lineup 5/27

Blueprints online

You can now check out all Blueprints right on our website. Each issue will be added to the archive following the homestand for which it was made available. We are currently working on getting all 2010 issues up as well.

There are currently four issues up and ready. Check them out!

Here is a peek at the cover for the upcoming June 2-12 homestand, featuring Tim Stauffer. Cameron Maybin will be featured in the June 24-29 issue. If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see in the Blueprint, feel free to email

Capitol Punishment

The Pads hit the road today for a six-game trip to Washington and Atlanta. After today, the club won’t have another off day until June 16, following a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Padres have gone 32-11 (.744) against the Washington/Montreal franchise, posting a 12-2 series record. Over that stretch, the Padres have hit .274 while averaging 4.7 runs per game and posting a 3.12 ERA.

Here are the matchups for the three-game set with the Nationals:

 Friday – LHP Clayton Richard vs. LHP John Lannan

Saturday – RHP Tim Stauffer vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann

Sunday – RHP Dustin Moseley vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny

Lineup 5/25