To the surprise of many non-believers, our Padres were able to pull off a win at Fenway yesterday. Mat Latos pitched a good game, but Chad Qualls got the win. Although Padres pitching allowed 13 hits, Boston was limited to only four runs thanks in big part to some key defensive plays. Also, the Red Sox seemed to channel their inner Padres and had trouble getting big hits when they needed to, stranding 11 men. Our offensive side did fairly well, stringing together seven hits. And thanks to a second-inning meltdown in which Boston starter Alfredo Aceves walked five Padres in a row, we were able to put up just enough runs on the board for the win. Like I was saying after our series-opening beatdown, the offense is there, and it can get us a win as long as our pitching isn't off. Monday's 9-run loss was a fluke and I'm betting it won't happen again anytime soon.
So here we are today. Rubber game against the Red Sox. A chance for a series win against the team with the best record in the AL and the second best record in all the majors. Our losing streak broken and our first interleague win of the season out of the way. Can we build on yesterday's win and pull off what many would call a miracle at Fenway?
After losing the series in Colorado and being swept in Minnesota, this road trip has been disappointing to say the least. But a series win against the Red Sox might just make up for it. Clayton Richard will do his best to see that that happens today. Richard would love to end his five-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox today. Our offense, highlighted by Chase Headley (17-33 on the road trip), will try to continue their success at the plate and give Richard the support he needs.
The Red Sox are facing the possibility of ending a series win streak dating back to June 1st. Not to mention the team that is threatening to end that streak has the second worst record in the majors. Boston will turn to John Lackey to prevent that from happening. Lackey is coming off his fifth win of the year and his third consecutive win since coming off the disabled list. In his last start, against the Brewers, he allowed four runs in the first three innings, but ended up pitching eight innings and getting the win.
It's breakfast time, everyone. OUR TIME. Let's get the win today, have a happy plane ride back to San Diego, and shift the momentum coming into the homestand.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!
3 game series vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park
|Mon 06/20|| WP: Matt Albers (2 - 3) |
LP: Cory Luebke (1 - 2)
|5 - 14 loss|
|Tue 06/21|| WP: Chad Qualls (4 - 3) |
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Dan Wheeler (0 - 1)
|5 - 4 win|