Hey, Breakfasttown! Hope you've had / are having a great Mothers Day and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast/brunch! Thanks to a good win last night, our boys will get a chance to take their third series of the season in today's rubber game.
Our Padres, led by Edinson Volquez' strong outing and some solid pitching out of the bullpen, beat Roy Halladay for the second straight time yesterday. In doing so, they became the first team since 2009 to win multiple games in a season against Halladay. He did, however, manage to strike out ten Padres batters while walking only one in his seven innings of work. His offense just couldn't come through for him. It's funny because Roy Halladay is like a super good pitcher. That guy has won multiple Cy Young Awards. He even tied for first in the SB Nation Cy Young Award voting last season, which is crazy because that guy should have won OUTRIGHT. But our Padres have managed to beat him twice in a span of less than a month. It's reasons like that which give me the strength to keep the faith like I do. Thank you, Padres. Now do it again today against the shame of San Diego that is Cole Hamels.
Hamels returns to the mound today after serving his five-game suspension for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch. He has pitched really well for the Phillies this season. Arguably the best starter in their rotation. But even though a lot of baseball fans are just finding out what a jackass he is, San Diegans have known since at least last year, with even more evidence being discovered just recently. We were unable to beat Hamels when he came to Petco Park last month, but hopefully last night's win, coupled with a good breakfast, will give our Padres the fire to make Hamels wish he had never spoken ill of San Diego.
Yonder Alonso will be looking to continue his nine-game hitting streak and help the team come out on top. Pitching opposite Hamels will be Jeff Suppan, who has been nails in his two starts for our Padres this season. After being called up for the injured Cory Luebke, Suppan has put up a couple of great outings. In ten total innings, he has allowed only one earned run on eight hits, and luckily the lineup has been able to back him up to bring his record to 2-0. Hopefully that will be the case today as well.
Since we split the four-game series last month at Petco Park, a victory today would not only give the Padres the win in this series, but in the season series against the Phillies. This will be our last time facing them in the 2012 regular season, so it would be great to leave Philadelphia on that high note, with the Phillies having no chance at redemption until next season (or the playoffs?).
Let's do it for all the madres!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!