18 is a great number. As an age, you're out of high school and can vote. As a number, it's divisible by 2, 3, 6, AND 9. There are lots of ways it can be great in baseball, too - 18 runs scored, 18 hits, 18 game winning streak, #18 on your back (Tony Gwynn JR)...
...unless it refers to the number of guys in a row who went to the plate, then sat back down with their sunflower seeds and thoughts. Which is the case tonight.
Following two stellar performances by Correia and Gaudin (Gaudin!), the Padres left their bats at baggage claim, mustering only 2 hits against nemesis Roy Oswalt and losing 3-1.
Two steps forward, one step back.
On the bright side, Adrian Gonzalez was walked for the 612th consecutive game, and although I'm no expert, I'm pretty sure that's an NL record. Seriously, he's walked 30 times in 24 June games. Can we get a hitter to protect him?