The San Diego Padres just defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 in what ended up being a nailbiter for their second straight NL West crown. The Dodgers won, too, but the Padres won the division based on the season series overwhelmingly being in San Diego’s favor.
Trevor Hoffman had a rough outing, giving up consecutive homers, but got it together to finish the D-Backs off. Fantastic!
More later — I’m printing things in the library right now and am on a bit of a time crunch.
UPDATE: Now that I can actually see the recap, I corrected a factual error. Sorry for pinning those home runs on you, Linebrink. ;)
Busy times these days. Last night was fantastic; my friend Heather and I went to see The Have Nots perform, and they were absolutely hysterical. They come highly recommended for their energy and absolute willingness to broach any subject. The extra improv session at the end was fantastic as well. Great times.
The Padres snapped their losing streak and made Jason Hirsh’s major league debut with the Astros memorable — for all the wrong reasons. Jake Peavy got only his second win since May 28, which is good — the Padres find themselves in a dogfight with the Dodgers down the stretch and need all the pitching they can muster from their rotation.
The Philip Rivers Era got off to a pretty much perfect start for the Chargers. Very, very encouraging news. It is early, but we’ll take whatever good news we can in that regard.
The Panthers now remember what it’s like to have more than one receiver. The reserves are a bit shaky, though — they’ll work hard on that. The Panther offense will be so, so dangerous with Keyshawn Johnson, a healthy Keary Colbert and Drew Carter in the #3 and #4 slots, and Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams showed some flashes of brilliance and some nerves as well, but I’m confident he’ll be a great #2 to DeShaun Foster, who looked fantastic last night as well. Yes, it’s only preseason, but things are looking up in Carolina.
Heck, the only bad news is that the Braves lost (again) and the Dodgers won (again).
Jake Peavy hit his second home run of the season and won for the first time since May 28 in the Padres’ 10-3 win over the Dodgers, who are 7 1/2 games out of the lead and in last place in the NL West. The Giants took the lead in the West for a day or so, but lost that lead the next night and the Padres have since rebuilt their 2 1/2 game lead. Peavy’s improved pitching is a great sign, too, as the Padres need their ace to step it up down the stretch.
ESPN is reporting that Barry Bonds is likely to be indicted by a federal grand jury next week on perjury and tax evasion charges stemming from the BALCO steroids scandal.
If he is indicted, I don’t think he should play. Bonds is already an unnecessary distraction for the San Francisco Giants, and it just wouldn’t sit well with me and a lot of fans if he continued to play while under federal indictment. San Fran is tied with the L.A. Dodgers for second in the NL West right now, two and a half games behind San Diego.
Speaking of San Diego, they lost to the Braves 15-12 in an eleven-inning swirl of chaos that featured both starters out in the 2nd inning, a blown save by Trevor Hoffman, and home runs back and forth until Adam LaRoche said “f*** this!” (not really ;)) and drove in the deciding runs with a double. Crazy stuff. It was the worst outing of the year for Chris Young, the 6’10” lefty who has been much better for San Diego than anticipated this year.
John Smoltz and Chan Ho Park square off today, and Braves rookie Chuck James, quite effective in his first starts in the majors, will have a tough one as he goes against Jake Peavy on Sunday.
The Padres won 6-3 tonight on Khalil Greene’s clutch 3-run homer off Tom Gordon. Jake Peavy went seven innings and hit his first career home run for the Padres – go Jake! It’s nice to see him get a victory. He’s struggled somewhat this year. The Padres and the Rockies hold a temporary half game lead over the Dodgers, who lead the Diamondbacks 5-2 in the top of the sixth at the time of this writing. If this score holds the three-way tie for first will live to see another day.