Barry Zito, who our Padres have dominated over the last two seasons, finally saw his luck turn around last night in his first win against San Diego in nine tries. In the 1-2 loss, Zito was able to shut down our offense just slightly better than Cory Luebke was able to shut down the Giants'. Luebke had another fantastic start, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings (100 pitches) and striking out a career-high eight batters. Our lone run came off a Ryan Ludwick home run in the 7th. We threatened in the 9th inning when Chris Denorfia singled off Brian Wilson, but he later got out on a fielder's choice. Then, with Jason Bartlett on first base, Chase Headley grounded out to Pablo Sandoval for the double play to end the game. Padrses ended the series in San Francisco with a split and go into Los Angeles looking to keep the Dodgers in the NL West cellar.
Tonight, L.A. is coming off a 6-0 win against the Mets that snapped a string of five consecutive losses. They will send Chad Billingsley to the hill to try to make it two in a row. He hopes to give another outstanding performance after pitching a complete-game three-hitter (which ended in a loss) against the Angels in his last start.
Although we've lost two in a row now, we've won 10 of our last 15 games and look to get back to .500 on the current road trip with a win tonight. We will look to Mat Latos to lead us to victory as he takes the mound and tries to get his first victory at Dodger Stadium. His last start, against the Mariners, started out iffy, but after the third inning he got into a groove and retired the next nine batters in order. Hopefully he gets it going early tonight and our offense can wake up and get some runs for him.
If there's one thing we cannot allow this series, it's a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. We need to go into the All Star Break on a strong note and refrain from letting the Dodgers put us back in the cellar. That all starts with a win tonight. BEAT L.A.! MWG!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!