Well, this shows just how much I know about the Padres.
I said Tim Stauffer should stay in relief, and he went out and hurled five shutout innings, needing just 61 pitches. To be fair, Stauffer was facing the worst lineup in baseball, and only struck out one batter, but he was impressive nonetheless.
The guy who I wanted to start the game, Ed Mujica, relieved Stauffer and promptly allowed back-to-back-homers to Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence after retiring just two batters.
Oh yeah, and Ryan Webb lost the game in the 11th, giving up a double to Pence on a slider, the pitch I seem to constantly extol. (To be fair, he allowed two hits on fastballs earlier in the inning).
So, either A) I’m clueless or B) baseball is unpredictable. (Or maybe a little of both).
The Giants won today6-5 over the Mets, but you have to figure on an SF win every time #55 is on the mound for the Giants.
The Padres are now 1/2 a game up on the Giants in the NL West.
On a completely unrelated note, congratulations to A’s lefty Dallas Braden for throwing the 19th perfect game in MLB history. Braden’s one of my favorite pitchers, and it was great to watch him dominate a fantastic Tampa Bay lineup.