OK, first a mea culpa. I spent last week in TAP class. TAP stands for Transition Assistance Program, and is one of many things the military offers folks getting ready to 'transition' prepare for life on the outside. The class was great, but it also meant I had to do actual work in the evenings - so I didn't get to write much.
Friday is softball night in these here parts, so I was able to listen to the game on the drive up to Hourglass. I got out of the car with the Padres down 3-2 and Wade LeBlanc in a heck of a jam. I got back in the car in time to hear San Diego score ... and make the score 15-5 Mariners. Of all the things I thought would happen during Friday night's game, 23 runs and 30 hits combined did not enter into my calculations.
I don't think Wade LeBlanc enjoys his trips to Seattle.
Tonight's game was much more like what I expected when two of the weakest offenses in baseball hooked up. Matt Stairs popped a couple of stitches on the ball he hit, didn't he? True to form, the winning run scored on a wild pitch (USS Mariner has been rather vocal regarding the state of play by Seattle catchers this season. Josh Bard has been the best of the bunch). I thought Heath Bell was going to blow the save, but he managed to strike out Milton Bradley and get Casey Kotchman to ground out to end the game with runners on the corners.
So the Padres stay tied for first with Los Angeles, and open up a 2.5 game lead on San Francisco.
Tomorrow's game should be a doozy - Mat Latos and Felix Hernandez. Looking forward to it.