Well, our Padres couldn't get the job done yesterday against the Nationals. Tim Stauffer, fresh off the DL and a few rehab starts, made just a few mistakes but overall pitched well in his 2012 debut. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five and walking three, and even brought home the tying run in the 4th with a sac bunt. Our Padres then scored the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth on a Chase Headley two-out single, and Stauffer pitched a scoreless bottom of the 5th. Stauffer was then due up in the lineup in the 6th, but Bud Black sent in Jeff Suppan as a pinch hitter to lay down a bunt to try to score an insurance run. The insurance never came, however, and the bullpen turned our 5-4 lead into an 8-5 loss.
Today's chances don't look so great either as our Padres get set to face Stephen Strasburg in the finale of this two-game series. Strasburg is currently tied for the NL lead in strikeouts (51), and he hopes to really add to that tally against a Padres lineup that has accumulated the second most strikeouts in the majors. His last start against the Pirates saw him strike out 7 consecutive batters and 13 total batters. It seems like our only hope is for Anthony Bass to really get into a groove early and shut down the Washington offense completely.
Bass is coming off a couple of rough outings and hopes to rebound by taking advantage of a low-scoring Nats lineup. Since joining the rotation out of the bullpen, Bass has struggled now and then, but overall has thrown the ball well and has shown a lot of progress. I'm sure most baseball fans tuning into today's game will be doing so to watch Strasburg and to see just how many Padres he can strike out, but hopefully Bass will give those fans something to watch as well. If Bass can pitch like he's capable of, I can see this game being a really good pitcher's duel.
It's our second Breakfasttown game in three days. Hopefully Our Padres fare better in this one. Let's all watch the game and chat here in the game thread while eating breakfast. Ready GO!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!