Four consecutive series sweeps. At least this one went the Padres way. This marks the first time San Diego has swept LA here since June 2007 (June 5-7 2007, to be exact).
It could not come at a better time. Coming off the long losing streak, San Diego needed a shot of confidence. They've gotten it. Coupled with San Francisco losing to Arizona, last night's win marked the first time since 25 August the Padres have gained ground in the division. Also quite nice.
Cory Luebke? I think this is more what the Padres expected when they promoted him last week. We all were concerned when he gave up 2 long HR in that game vs. Colorado, but I liked the fact he settled down and retired the last 11 hitters he faced. Luebke seemed to find himself after the Tulowitzki HR, and he carried that into Wednesday's game. He's probably earned himself another start, next Monday in Colorado. I'm sure he'd like to face those guys again.
Ryan Ludwick sat last night, a move that was long overdue. I think he would be well served to sit tonight too; one more change to regroup before hitting it again on Friday.
Big series tonight - I don't need to tell you that. It looks more and more likely I'll be at tonight's game. There won't be a Podcast tonight if I'm at the ballpark, but I will tweet periodically throughout the game here. Feel free to respond and participate. And oh if you're going to tonight's game too let me know - maybe we'll meet for a beer or something.