As predicted, Ian Kennedy pitched worse this week than last week, allowing 3 whole runs. And Kevin Correia, believe it or not, did pitch better, but he still couldn't get out of the fifth inning, and allowed 6 ER this time too. Improvement, yes, but not enough. Padres lost 7-4.
Oh, it is so frustrating to see the little Padre miscues come back to haunt them. Walk to Ian Kennedy leading off the fifth inning Wednesday night opened the door to 5 runs. The botched double play ball last night in the seventh opened the door to 4 runs. San Diego, struggling for offense all year, has thrived while doing a high wire act, supported by the best pitching staff in the league and superior defense. When either of those two legs of the triad falter this team will struggle. As we have seen over the last week, that's what's happening.
Losing seven in a row is tough. San Diego's September schedule is tough - they only have 4 games remaining with teams below .500. San Diego will play 17 of their remaining 30 games at home, so they've at least got that going for them.
It doesn't seem like a good time to throw one of the organization's prized arms into the mix, but the Padres are starting Cory Luebke tomorrow night. He'll oppose the Rockies' Aaron Cook. Luebke started this season in AA and was promoted to AAA Portland on 15 July. His statistics for the 2010 campaign:
- San Antonio (Texas League) - 8 starts, 5-1 record, 0.941 WHIP, 3.67:1 K:BB ratio
- Portland (PCL) - 9 starts, 5-0 record, 1.023 WHIP, 2.59:1 K:BB ratio.
Today is a much needed day off. A chance to clear heads and re-attack tomorrow starting with Colorado. Tonight there is a season-ticket holder event at Petco starting at 1800. I'll be there. If anything interersting happens or is said, I'll get it up to my twitter account.
The Padres Trail Podcast returns tonight. There's a lot to talk about.