July 19, 2007 |
Geoff Blum singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth as the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the visiting New York Mets, 5-4, last night. Blum, subbing for slumping second baseman Marcus Giles, singled to right off Joe Smith to bring in Khalil Greene and finished 2-for-3. Giles, who's hit just .191 since May 7, has been benched for at least three games. Milton Bradley and Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Padres, who took two of three from the NL East-leading Mets.
April 30, 2007 |
The lights came on as afternoon faded to evening, and the longest game in the majors this season turned on an error by a third-string catcher who was playing first base. Wilson Valdez scored an unearned go-ahead run on Brady Clark's double with two outs in the 17th inning yesterday and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat host San Diego, 5-4. The Dodgers took two of three from San Diego, and have beaten the two-time defending NL West champion Padres four times in six games this year.
September 10, 2008 |
Those bad, bad Braves This is the season that won't end for the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones. Despite Jones' sizzling .359 batting average, there's little good to feel about on a club that dipped 20 games below .500 for the third time in a week, following Sunday's 14-inning loss to Washington. "It was the same old story," Jones said. "We can't get outs in the seventh and eighth innings to get the ball to [closer Mike Gonzalez]. Yeah, we had some opportunities offensively, but you just like to see games that you have firmly in your grasp won. We just haven't been able to bridge the gap consistently between the starter and the closer.
April 10, 2009 |
Chris Carpenter looked like his old self, the one with dominating form that won a Cy Young Award. Following a pair of injury decimated seasons, Carpenter took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in his first start this year and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, leading St. Louis to a 2-1 win yesterday over visiting Pittsburgh. "It was fun to get out there and pitch, compete in a real game, and give my team a chance to win," Carpenter said. "This was the first time in a long time I felt as good as I do now. " Carpenter was 51-18 from 2004-06 but then was 0-2 in 21 1-3 innings during the past two seasons.
September 20, 2006 |
Trevor Hoffman earned his 476th career save, Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer and the San Diego Padres rebounded from their crazy loss the night before in Los Angeles to beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks last night, 5-2. Adrian Gonzalez also connected for the Padres, The Padres who began the night a half-game behind the Dodgers in the NL West, now lead the division. On Monday night, the Padres led, 9-5, in the ninth at Dodger Stadium before Los Angeles tied a major league record with four consecutive homers - the last two off Hoffman for a blown save - to tie it. Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run shot in the 10th for an 11-10 Dodgers win. Hoffman bounced back by shutting down the Diamondbacks in the ninth to pull within three of breaking Lee Smith's record of 478. Hoffman, who earned his NL-leading 40th save in 45 chances, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 29,067 as he jogged to the mound.
September 14, 2006 |
Jake Peavy continued his domination of Cincinnati hitters and Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer last night to help the visiting San Diego Padres rout the Reds, 10-0. The loss dropped Cincinnati 3 1/2 games behind San Diego in the National League wild-card race. The Reds are 5-12 since moving within one percentage point of St. Louis in the NL Central on Aug. 24. They are now five games behind the Cardinals in the division. Peavy (9-14) is 4-0 in six career starts against Cincinnati.
October 2, 2006 |
The San Diego Padres clinched the NL West title as closer Trevor Hoffman held on in a rough ninth inning for a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers each finished with 88-74 records, but the Padres earned their second straight division title and the Dodgers got the wild card because the Padres were 13-5 against Los Angeles this season. The Padres will open the playoffs at home against St. Louis tomorrow, while the Dodgers will start the postseason Wednesday at New York against the Mets.
January 16, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals were already the team to beat in the National League East. Tuesday they made it even more unlikely that somebody will beat them. According to Yahoo Sports, the Nationals have teamed up with their favorite agent, Scott Boras, and struck a two-year, $28 million deal for arguably the premier reliever on this year's free-agent market. Rafael Soriano, 33, spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees and posted a 2.94 ERA in 111 games. He served as Mariano Rivera's setup man in 2011, but when the future Hall of Fame closer went down early last season, Soriano stepped in as New York's closer.
June 8, 2010
LAST JUNE, THE NATIONALS made hard-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 pick in the draft. Tonight, he'll make his major league debut against the Pirates. Years from now, if he lives up to all the hype, he may become the first No. 1 pick to enter the Hall of Fame. Since the advent of the baseball draft in June of 1965, no top pick has made it to the Hall, although there are some familiar names that should get there before Strasburg. The list: 1965: Rick Monday, c, K.C. Athletics 1988: Andy Benes, p, Padres 1966: Steve Chilcott, c, Mets 1989: Ben McDonald, p, Orioles 1967: Ron Blomberg, 1b, Yankees 1990: Chipper Jones, ss, Braves 1968: Tim Foli, if, Mets 1991: Brien Taylor, p, Yankees 1969: Jeff Burroughs, of, Senators 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Astros 1970: Mike Ivie, c, Pades 1993: Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners 1971: Dan Goodwin, c, White Sox 1994: Paul Wilson, p, Mets 1972: Dave Robert, if, Padres 1995: Darrin Erstad, of-p, Angels 1973: David Clyde, p, Rangers 1996: Kris Benson, p, Pirates 1974: Bill Almon, if, Padres 1997: Matt Anderson, p, Tigers 1975: Dan Goodwin, c, Angels 1998: Pat Burrell, if, Phillies 1976: Floyd Bannister, p, Astros 1999: Josh Hamilton, of, Rays 1977: Harold Baines, of, White Sox 2000: Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins 1978: Bob Horner, 3b, Braves 2001: Joe Mauer, c, Twins 1979: Al Chambers, of, Mariners 2002: Bryan Bullington, p, Pirates 1980:...
August 16, 2012 |
Could Boston manager Bobby Valentine's day be over? It seems several Red Sox players met with team owner John Henry and president Larry Lucchino at a New York hotel before a series against the Yankees late in July to complain about the skipper, with some saying they no longer wanted to play for him. (And failing that, holding their breath until turning blue.) According to Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Gonzalez - who inspired the confab after texting his discontent to the ownership - and Dustin Pedroia were the loudest, most unhappy fellows at the meeting.