Wednesday April 29, 2009
The San Diego Padres won 4-3 over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver last night.
Chad Gaudin made his first start as a Padre and gave up just 3 hits while walking 4 over 5 shutout innings in his debut.
The Padres staked Gaudin to a 2 run lead in the third inning on a Scott Hairston 2 run blast to LF, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead with Edward Mujica giving up one run in the 6th on a 2 out home run to Rockies LF Sean Smith and Luke Gregerson giving up two runs in the 7th on 4 straight singles.
The Padres came back in the top of the 9th with a leadoff triple by catcher Nick Hundley and a single by Luis Rodriguez.
Heath Bell came in for the bottom of the 9th inning and shut the Rockies down for his major league leading 8th save.
This win highlighted what has become the hallmark of the Padres team so far this season, a never say die attitude. In my opinion, having so many people write them off prior to the season has put a chip on the Padres players collective shoulders and they have fought back in just about every game.
Last night’s win was the Padres 5th coming from behind late in the game and their 6th win in 8 one run games. The Padres lead the NL in wins in one run games so far this season.
With this win the Padres are 11-9 on the season and two games back of the NL West division leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
To be in the hunt after 20 games with 3 starters, 2 relievers and 2 bench players on the DL already is a hopeful sign in the hearts and minds of Padres fans everywhere.
In a side note, Adrian Gonzalez got his first major league stolen base in the top of the 6th inning.
I have had my say. Now what do you think?