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Padres putting on pitching clinic

Posted on: May 2, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 8:51 pm

SAN DIEGO -- Along with the Mets, the Padres are one of only two National League teams to never have thrown a no-hitter. But where San Diego's pitching is concerned, the Padres on Sunday did touch history by throwing a third shutout against Milwaukee in four games.

Never before had the Padres thrown three shutouts in a series of any length. And leaving the Brewers' batters even more bewildered, the two runs the stingy San Diego pitchers allowed were the fewest in Padres' history in a four-game series.

This against a Brewers team that arrived here last Thursday leading the National League in runs scored.

So much for the gap left in the rotation by trading ace Jake Peavy to the White Sox last July.

So much for the continued absence of All-Star Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list since the season's first week.

"You talk all the time about pitching and solid defense and timely hitting going a long way," Padres manager Bud Black said after Sunday's 8-0 whitewashing of Milwaukee. "You can't discount what our starters have done early this season.

"To a man, they've all pitched well."

Sunday's winner was the graybeard of the group Jon Garland, a 10-year veteran. Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard, Wade LeBlanc and Mat Latos also have pitched so well that the discussion in San Diego recently has centered on just whom the Padres would send back to Triple-A when Young is ready to rejoin them.

Mix in the bullpen, where set-up men Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams in particular have been nails for closer Heath Bell, and the surprising first-place Padres have won 13 of their past 16 games.

"You see our bullpen," Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "There are not a lot of guys people have heard of before. But if our starting pitching gets us a lead after seven innings, it's game over. Gregerson, Mike Adams ... guys nobody's heard of before, but they have outstanding arms.

"Our pitching is really deep."

"They're good," said slow-starting Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder (.234, two homers, nine RBI in 25 games). "They did a great job this series.

"Unfortunately, we probably weren't at our best."

Overall, the Padres now own a major-league leading six shutouts. Though five of them have come at Petco Park (the other came in Cincinnati), that's two more than the Mets and San Francisco and double the number of any AL team.

Coming into Sunday's games, the Padres' 2.88 ERA ranked third in the majors (behind the Cardinals and Giants), as did their .233 opponents' batting average.

"The fact that we held them to zero runs in three of four games and to two runs total in four games, we feel like we came away with a sweep," Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. "That's a very, very talented offense over there. Our pitchers really stepped up."

Heading into Monday's series opener against Colorado and Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, Padres pitchers now have worked 40 scoreless innings in their past 42 innings pitched going back to Wednesday's game in Florida.

Over their past 16 games, the Padres own a 2.08 ERA.


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:57 pm

Padres putting on pitching clinic

Because he's a Red Sox fan and he's feeling sorry for himself.........
He has David Ortiz and wishes he had Adrian Gonzalez.......
His Team is underachieving and the Padres are overachieving.......
The Red Sox are the fourth best Team in their Division without Gonzalez.......
He also knows that Jed Hoyer won't let them have him unless they over pay.....

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:21 am

Padres putting on pitching clinic

Then why do any analysis throughout the year?  Also, why the simple statement about the NL West?  The Giants have the best rotation in baseball.  If the Rockies recover from any of the injuries to their staff, they are among the best team in baseball. The D-backs and Dodgers both have huge holes but going even 2 and a half deep for a division is as good as or better than the other divisions in baseball.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:29 am

Padres putting on pitching clinic

I don't know how long this team is gonna keep its winning ways, but I am finally enjoying watching Padre baseball. I live in the San Diego area and its been a long time since i enjoyed going to Padre games this much. They had such a boring team for a few year. But now they get on base, and they are threat to steal, these pitchers can have a good game at anytime. I was there when the Padres really started putting it together when Chase Headley hit the walk-off home run. That was the most electric I have seen Petco Park get in 3 or 4 years. They may not keep up the winning ways all year, but least I can say that it is good to have a fun team to watch again.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 1:20 am

Padres putting on pitching clinic

It's a long season. It goes till what? Mid September, early October? Way to early to crown yourself even the wild card team because your team had a good week pitching. Robinson Cano has 9 homeruns already do you think he's going to finish with say 72 homeruns? He's not and most likely in a week or two it will be back to when are they going to trade Gonzalez? Although I am rooting for them I'd like to see them go deep in the playoffs. The NL West is pretty bad though so maybe they'll be this years Tampa Bay Rays. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:20 pm

Not sure whats going on....

After ignoring us in the offseason and writing a spring training report that was just a "when will Gonzalez be traded article", Miller has now written two pieces about the Padres this year. Scott - stay off the bandwagon. You suck. Go back to hating on the Yankees and pimping the A's.


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