Then I realized it was San Diego that had won 4-2. And, Philadelphia was beating Atlanta 5-0 (they would eventually win 7-0). Holy cow.
Ryan Ludwick's home run in the second inning Friday night might be the biggest hit of the season for San Diego. It snapped their scoreless inning funk at 13, gave them the early lead, and I think both relaxed the Padres and put pressure on the Giants. Who would have thunk that, given how much Ludwick has struggled since the trade.
Tim Stauffer was great. But a one hitter through six? Unbelieveable. Padres scored enough early and held on. Kudos to Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell for slamming the door. Well, partial credit goes to Jose Guillen for swinging aggressively and rolling into the 6-3 DP to end it.
I thought after the game "Gee, I think Gregerson, Adams, and Bell have pitched 3 consecutive games. Will they be available Sunday?" Actually it's more than that - Adams has worked in five straight games, Bell and Gregerson 4. This article in the U-T discusses the bullpen. Here's the money quote from Gregerson:
"I told [Darrel Ackerfelds] and Bud (Black) to stop asking me how I feel," said Gregerson. "Let's go. We're trying to win here. It's all hands on deck."Looks like they will pitch Sunday if called upon. I love it. Gregerson's outlook matches mine - they've got all winter to rest if they don't win tomorrow.
San Diego's odds of making the playoffs stood at 7.5% headed into Friday night. Now they stand at 52.3%. Wouldn't you know it, the season will come down to Mat Latos and Jonathan 'Big Mouth' Sanchez. How appropriate. Never going to look back, Big Mouth, once you pass the Padres? Look in the rearview mirror.
There is no pressure at all tomorrow on the Padres. It's all on the Giants. The only thing going for SF right now is they will be part of a one-game playoff they end up tied with someone else. San Diego can't say that, and neither can Atlanta. If either team loses while the other wins, the loser is out. Should make for compelling baseball.
Tear yourself away from the Charger game on your computer and watch the Padres/Giants. Screw the Chargers. They suck for the first 1/4 of the season anyway.