Yesterday was obviously not how we wanted to start off our eleven-game homestand and surely not how starter Tim Stauffer wanted to spend his birthday. An error-ridden third inning cost our Padres the first game in the series against Houston. The Astros got four hits off Stauffer in addition to the three errors made by the Padres defense, resulting in five runs in the inning. A seventh inning Padres rally made it a three-run game, but the eighth and ninth innings went scoreless for a 4-7 loss.
This season, it has been hard to find silver linings. In last night's game, our defense picked up right where it left off, making errors that cost us the game. However, a positive that we can take from last night is the fact that the Padres offense was able to score four runs. Hopefully that will continue tonight in game 2 of the series.
Dustin Moseley will pitch tonight and try to get his first home win of the season. Despite mostly stellar pitching, he holds a record of just 1-6 on the season due to a severe lack of run support (an average of 2.08 runs, the lowest in the majors). The Astros will send J.A. Happ to the mound. He has a 2.12 ERA against San Diego and has pitched well in his last seven starts, giving up just 15 runs in 40 innings. All we can do is hope that Moseley will continue to pitch his butt off, our offense will stay alive, and our defense comes to play tonight.
As John Weisbarth said in last night's Channel 4 Postgame Show, "One loss does not make a series." Let's even it up tonight and show the Friar Faithless that the season's not over.
GO PADRES!! KEEP THE FAITH!!
Astros lead the series 1-0
|Thu 06/02|| WP: Bud Norris (3 - 4) |
SV: Mark Melancon
LP: Tim Stauffer (1 - 4)
|4 - 7 loss|
|Sat 06/04||5:35 PM PDT|
|Sun 06/05||3:35 PM PDT|