Pitcher Josh Spence practices his smooching technique on his hand. The ladies will thank him later.
What can you say? The Padres bullpen sh_t the bed for the second day in a row. Yet as bad as that sucks, it also doesn't matter. Sure, in all likelihood this never would have happened if the Padres had kept Mike Adams, but Geoff from Ducksnorts has it right, "I’d rather have Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland than two meaningless wins". I know nothing about Erlin or Wieland but I do know that the Padres weren't good with Mike Adams on the roster either and they needed to do something in an effort to get better.
The Mets like to save their fighting for the end of the game apparently "We like to fight to the end. That's the team that we are," Pagan said. They turn their other cheek in the early innings and then rumble to help the TV ratings.
Chad Qualls told SignOnSanDiego.com "Two nights in a row is tough. It’s definitely frustrating to know you’ve thrown the ball so well for so long this season then a few games pile up and it crushes you. Back-to-back nights, it hurts. What else can you say." You can say you're sorry and then say it again.
Padres.com tells us "The last time the Padres lost successive games while leading by two or more runs in the eighth inning or later happened on July 6-7, 1995." That sounds like a feather in the cap of the bullpen, but I'm not really that impressed. I doubt that the situation arose that often that the Padres had a lead of two or more runs in the late innings on consecutive nights.
As bad as the bullpen has been in this Mets series at least the offense has been doing their job and getting the lead in the first place. I'd much rather watch a losing game with some lead changes than a shut out. Jesus Guzman continues his hitting tear. I remember interviews with Hoyer over the past few months where he kept reminding us that Guzman has hit at every level and will continue to hit. I didn't believe him since I haven't seen a Padre hit for years, but now I'm starting to.
Orlando Hudson was mocked on twitter yesterday when placed in the 4th spot in the line up for the first time in his career, but he did hit an RBI double before making an early exit with a pulled groin. In yo face twitter! Padres.com reports that Bud Black is planning on sneaking a peak at Hudson's junk today "We're going to look at it tomorrow to see how it sets up".
In business news, Moorad is planning on increasing the Padres payroll in 2012. "Our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million," Moorad continued. "When we get there, we’ll be properly balanced." So next year the payroll will be in the $50 million range and as Marty Caswell points out in 2016 the payroll will return to what it was in 2006. I understand why Moorad and company are running the team as a "a break-even" and "efficient" business, but in general running a business is boring. I'd prefer they run it as a bizness like Donald Trump runs The Apprentice.
|Final - 8.9.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|San Diego Padres||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||4||12||0|
|New York Mets||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||3||X||5||9||0|
|WP: D.J. Carrasco (1 - 2)
SV: Jason Isringhausen (6)
LP: Chad Qualls (5 - 6)