Last night the Padres won their fourth straight game and now sit only 6 games back from the second wild card spot. The Padres has been playing with an increased amount of confidence and last night was no different.
It all started on the hill with Odrisamer Despaigne who finally found his groove again. Despaigne burst onto the scene as one of the newest Cuban imports; however, on his seventh start it seemed that the leagued figured him out and Despainge was not making the proper adjustment. Fortunate for the Padres, last night he regained his form lasting 7 shutout innings allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. I know it was against the Rockies and at Petco Park, but hopefully he now has his confidence against as we head down the final stretch of the season.
In support of Despaigne’s performance and with Kevin Quackenbush now on the mound both Chris Nelson and Tommy Medica made back-to-back web gems diving into the stands to keep the Padres momentum headed in the right direction.
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A month ago I would have never held a glimmer of hope that the Padres could make it to the playoffs especially after having their minor fire sale at the trade deadline, but I think if the Padres can continue hitting well enough to score a few runs every night I think we have an outside shot. Our pitching is strong—as it has been as season—and all Bud Black and his staff was waiting for was offense. Am I getting my hopes up just to be let down? Do I enjoy the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with holding your breath that the Padres can make the playoffs? Probably…but that is what is fun about sports…emotionally investing in something beyond your control. This is why I will forever be a Padres fan, because you never know.
Keep the Faith.