The Padres found themselves clicking on all cylinders this week. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Cardinal Series Recap
Speaking of winning, youngster Jesse Hahn just keeps on doing that as well. Wednesday night he pitched 7 innings on his 25th birthday to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals as he only allowed one run. The story of the night besides him though was the offense, as they erupted for an 8-run 7th inning to win the game 12-1. Amazingly, the new-look Padres have scored the most runs by any National League team since the All-Star break. Solarte has been a spark plug, as has the return of Jedd Gyorko from the disabled list. Thursday they were not quite as lucky as Odrisamer Despaigne struggled again and the Padres lost 6-2 in a day game. Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable were able to hit solo home runs in the loss.
The Padres did trade Chris Denorfia, and in the end the GM committee seemed to take a conservative approach at the trade deadline, which I think is smart. They had to trade Chase Headley, and they did. It was a smart decision to trade Chris Denorfia. Some rumors had thought for sure that Joaquin Benoit and Ian Kennedy would be traded, but they stayed put. Both are signed for next season and it seems wise to let the new General Manager get to decide how to deal with two veterans who likely will demand a good amount next season assuming their production stays similar. It also gives the Padres a chance to increase Benoit’s value as he continues to close in the absence of the also-traded Huston Street. More on this later though.