Monday, July 11, 2011

A New Low Point for San Diego Sports?

If you have any preexisting sports knowledge, you knew that 2011 was not going to be a season for the ages for the San Diego Padres. I picked them to win 83 games, because I figured their lineup can't possibly be as bad as it has been. The starting pitching hasn't really lived up to expectations either, with the exception of Tim Stauffer, and Dustin Moseley, albeit a much lower extent.

The Padres have been DOA most of the season, although they were starting to show some life in the last two weeks. Winning series' over Boston, Colorado and Kansas City had them shooting towards .500. Then it all died in Los Angeles.

You see, the Padres have never thrown a no-hitter in their pitiful 42 history. Not one. I was at a game back in 1998, when pitcher Sterling Hitchcock had a no-no going through seven innings. The energy at the Q was off the charts. First pitch of the eighth inning was swated over the left field wall by Angels catcher, and future Padres All-Star Phil Nevin. It looked like it may never happen.

Take the game on Saturday, a matchup between the Padres and Dodgers; two teams going nowhere. Padres pitcher Aaron Harang, fresh off of the DL throws 6 hitless innings. Bud Black decides to pull him since he hasn't pitched much over the last month. Seems like a pretty reasonable situation, giving Harang needed 95 pitches to get through those innings.

Insert the Padres stalwarts in the bullpen: Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson. The Padres kept that no-hitter intact for 8 2/3 innings. The Padres were just one out away from history! Only, one problem...The Padres had ONE hit at that point. That's right folks, almost 9 innings in the books and the Padres had one stinking hit. The Dodgers broke up that no-hitter with two outs in the ninth. Then won the game.

It would have been fitting for the Padres to get their first no-no when using 6 different pitchers. Then no pitcher could truly own it, it would be pretty humorous. However, losing a game when you don't give up a hit until the 9th inning is just pathetic. Another pitiful performance that might be one of the worst in San Diego sports. And that is saying a lot.

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