May 2011

Happy Saturday!

The Padres look to enact revenge and even the series tonight with Clayton Richard taking the hill against Michael Pineda.

Pineda, a rookie who made his Major League debut with the M’s this year, is making his first Interleague start.

Richard, who came up with the White Sox, is making his eighth Interleague start and 22nd overall against the American League. He is 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA all-time in Interleague matchups and 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA all-time against the Mariners (three starts). In two starts against the Mariners last year, Richard went 1-0 while allowing just three runs in 14.0 innings of work.

Here is some light reading for your Saturday afternoon, thanks to the Union-Tribune’s Bill Center:

Padres catchers Rob Johnson and Kyle Phillips each have a special reunion with the M’s in town.

See you at the park tonight. Eric Stonestreet from ABC’s Modern Family is throwing out tonight’s first pitch. He is a strong supporter of Stand Up To Cancer. Happy Saturday!

Lineup 5/20

Photoday outtakes

A couple of the “best” shots from Spring Training photoday earlier this year. Keep in mind it starts at 6:45 a.m.

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The rivalry continues, naturally

The Padres host the Mariners for a three-game set that begins tonight. The series against our “natural” rivals (grrrrrrrr) marks the start of this year’s Interleague schedule. In 2011 the Padres will also host the Kansas City Royals (June 27-29) and travel to face the Minnesota Twins (June 17-19), Boston Red Sox (June 20-22) and Mariners (July 1-3).

San Diego went 9-6 against the American League in 2010, posting the first winning record in Interleague Play since going 11-4 in 1999. The Padres are 97-127 all-time in Interleague Play and 35-39 against Seattle Mariners. San Diego took four of six from Seattle last season.

Here’s a preview of the weekend’s Interleague set.

Back with a bang

The Padres pulled off the 1-0 walk-off win tonight thanks to a sacrifice fly by Orlando Hudson in the bottom of the ninth. Hudson, who was reinstated from the disabled list earlier today, now has two game-ending RBI on the season (also 4/13 vs. CIN) and six in his career.

Tonight marked the fourth walk-off win by the Padres this season: also 4/13 vs. CIN, 4/25 vs. ATL and 5/6 vs. ARI.

In other news, Jason Bartlett had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games while Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-4 in extending his season-high streak to eight games. Ludwick is batting .452 (14-for-31) with four home runs and 13 RBI over that stretch.

Aztecs take over PETCO Park

Take a look at the sights from tonight’s pregame ceremony featuring the SDSU Aztec men’s basketball team.

Thanks to Coach Fisher, D.J. Gay and the rest of the Aztecs for making tonight special.

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Pregame thoughts and reminders

Steve Fisher, D.J. Gay and company are on their way to PETCO Park for tonight’s festivities. D.J. is going to throw out the first pitch and the SDSU Pep Band will perform the National Anthem.

The photo contest continues through the entire homestand, so be sure to take your pictures and submit them to publications@padres.com. Winners will be announced at the end of next week.

Finally, do yourself a favor and check out Chris Denorfia’s Wikipedia page. Thanks to Darren Smith and Andy Masur for pointing out this gem.

Lineup 5/19

D…J…GAY!

As you already know, tonight the Padres will honor the Mountain West Conference Tournament and regular season champion SDSU men’s basketball team for an outstanding 2011 season, in which they made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

National Coach of the Year Steve Fisher will be joined by about 10 players from the 2010-11 team for a special pregame ceremony. Team captain D.J. Gay will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch. The SDSU Pep Band will perform the National Anthem and will play the school’s fight song during an inning break.

As for the Padres…I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

Records bend but don’t break

Jason Bartlett’s streak of nine consecutive games with an RBI came to an end last night (although his hitting streak ran to 10 games and counting), meaning he tied the club record for consecutive games driving in a run.  Bartlett tied streaks by both Sixto Lezcano in 1982 (April 16-27) and Steve Finley in 1996 (June 22-July 1).

JB is the second Friar this season to tie (but not break) a previous club record, as Heath Bell ran his consecutive saves streak to 41 games earlier this year, tying Trevor Hoffman’s mark from the 1997-98 seasons. (Trevor’s streak also tied Rod Beck’s then-Major League record)

Also of note is the fact that Bartlett’s streak did not include one home run.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 65 years only one other player had an RBI in nine consecutive games without hitting a home run: Kirby Puckett had a 10-game streak for the Twins in September 1988.

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