a 2009 San Diego Padres: Padres drop series to Astros
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Padres Topple to Astros, Drop Three


The Padres went into Houston with a 13-16 record. They left three days later with three more losses under their belts and their heads held low.

The first two games were very well played. In the first meeting, all it took was a two-run double by Hunter Pence to beat the Padres. On Saturday, the Padres came back with three runs in the top of the 8 th, but the bullpen gave away the lead and the Astros took it away.

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On Sunday, in the season finale, though, the Astros pulled away early, getting seven runs of starter Josh Geer in four innings. They ran away with it, 12-5. The Padres hit three home runs, but to no avail.

Now the Padres will play the Cubs for three before heading home for nine games. They aren’t hitting, they aren’t pitching, and they aren’t winning. Something’s gotta give.

The starting pitching hasn’t won a game since April 16 th. The bullpen gives up lead after lead. The hitting, when they actually hit, always gets buried by the bullpen.

This team had a fairy-tale start, but now they’re just flopping. They’ve fallen to where people have expected them to be: the cellar. No one expected this team to start like they did, and it turns out they were right about this team in the first place.

True, there is still a lot of season left. I just don’t know if this team will be able to catch up in the time that they have. I think we might have a chance to come back after the All-Star break, but we’ll have to see.

In the NL West, you never know. The Dodgers have a safe lead right now, but who knows how long that’s going to stay. The Giants are playing well, and the Rockies and Diamondbacks could be right behind them. And yes, the Padres too.

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I think the Padres have all the pieces. They have good starting pitching; they have good arms in the ‘pen. They have solid hitters like Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and David Eckstein. It’s just a matter of getting these guys going, and having them be able to hit in essential situations. That’s all.

I still think this team can do good things this year. We still have a chance. I just hope we can get it going soon.



By Kaity Bergquist
MLBCenter.com San Diego Padres Correspondent

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