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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tonight's Game

Screwed again by Dish Network. Thanks, guys. Meanwhile, consensus from other parts is that the error charged to Valentin should have gone to Nakamura. More political scoring. 1-0 Padres in the second, but Derek Lowe threw about 30 pitches in the first inning.

UPDATE: Well, Nakamura started at first base instead of Choi. Derek Lowe threw 120 pitches, including the entire eighth inning to the heart of the Padres' lineup. Milton Bradley bunted under questionable circumstances in the top of same.

And we won 3-1 in 10 innings. Jose Valentin put on another clinic on why scoring runs is more important than defense (since games are won by scoring runs). His two-run triple in the tenth won it. J.D. Drew went 3 for 5, including the game-tying home run in the eighth off a suddenly vulnerable Otsuka. The bullpen did its job with two scoreless. And Lowe is making everyone forget that 5.42 ERA last year. Meanwhile, while the defense has had some fairly high-profile blunders (and one tonight that led to the Padres' only run), on the whole, it continues to step up to the task.

4 1/2 games up -- on Arizona, vanquisher of Colorado and San Francisco. Commence the Plaschke Chant (yes, it's not really a song -- we'll call it a chant).

But be vigilant. Some things went wrong here tonight. Let not success blind us. But let us revel in it nonetheless.


  • not only should that not have been an error on valentin but replays show that nakamura's foot came off the bag after he had caught the ball, but regardles, valentin had to charge that ball hard and throw on the run so no way should have been scored an error

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 08:44:00 PM  

  • why have bradley, as hot as he is, sacrifice?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 10:09:00 PM  

  • he was bunting for a basehit and more than likely did it on his own

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 10:13:00 PM  

  • ah, that makes more sense. if only i could see it on the tv, then i wouldn't have to ask dumb questions...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 10:29:00 PM  

  • True, we can't be blind to weaknesses. But Lowe is bucking for th CY Young right now and 2 top pitchers coming off the DL in the next 2 weeks will only help. Meanwhile, a 4.5 game lead 2 weeks into the season sure doesn't suck.

    And yet Simers was on the radio yesterday, still claiming that this is a lousy team. Will fools never learn?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2005 06:24:00 AM  

  • Pitching and defense, pitching and defense, pitching and defense.

    Dodgers were the topic of the day on all these chowderhead sportswriter shows, and they think the Dodgers are outslugging everyone (which yeah they are), but yesterday was pitching and defense.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2005 09:48:00 AM  

  • So, hopefully Lowe takes it easy on the pitch count next start.

    By Blogger fanerman91, at 4/21/2005 12:41:00 PM  

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