Ludwick's three run bomb gives Padres much needed win

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Ludwick #47 of the San Diego Padres watches his game-winning three-run home run leave the park against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 18 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Padres beat the Cardinals 8-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

It felt like the whole season was riding on that game.  When the Padres took the 4-2 lead and then gave it right back, I was furious, convinced the Padres would never win again.  It's felt like the Padres have had to work so much harder for every win recently.  During the good times we could breeze through a few games here and there.  In the bad times it has been a struggle like we've covered in chains and trudging through the muck.

Ryan Ludwick's three run home run lifted the Padres over the Cardinals and lifted my spirits.  Instantly all of the stress and anxiety floated away like one of those Red Bull commercials.  The Padres needed that win.  I needed that win.  We needed that win.

It feels good to be able to take a deep breath, if only for a moment and know that the Padres did their job today and that no one can pass us in the standings.  With a little luck we can be in sole possession of first place by the end of the night.

Go Padres!

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 8
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0  0 4

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