Gonzalez goes 6-for-6 in Padres demolition of Brewers
Upon flipping on the television to catch the end of last night’s Padres game, I was stunned to see a ’13’ next to the ‘SD’ on the scoreboard.
Earlier this season, it seems that the Friars wouldn’t even score that many runs in a week, let alone in one game. And they did it on the road, where they have been woeful at best this season. It’s just another sign that this young team that seemed lost in June and July, is starting to find its sea legs.
Team leader Adrian Gonzalez — who was rumored to be on the trading block in the lead up to the July 31 trading deadline — has survived the storm and has re-emerged as a hitter to be reckoned with.
Getting a perfect 6 hits in 6 at-bats, Gonzalez became the first ever Padre to get 6 hits in a game.
The always-humble Gonzalez re-iterated to the press after the game that this wouldn’t be possible without his teammates, as their hit parade led to Gonzalez getting 6 at-bats — something that isn’t the case in most games (usually a player gets 4 or 5).
“It’s more of a tribute to the rest of the team that I was able to do it,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t get up six times in a game by myself.”
Gonzalez had five (5) — count em — five singles and one double, with 3 RBI. His average going into last night was .251, and was .262 leaving Miller Park last night.
Other notables for the Padres include recent AAA Portland call-up Will Venable, who over the past 10 games is 17 for 43 with 17 RBI and 10 runs. Also Chase Headley has upped his average from .232 to .255, and is 19-45 since July 30.
The Pads have won 10 our of their last 14, but are still 14.5 games out of the Wildcard and 21 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the NL West division. It seems this year may be lost as far as playoffs go, but stranger things have happened (see the ’07 Rockies, who went from barely-contending in the NL Wets to the World Series, mostly at the expense of the Padres and their late-season collapse).
Either way, these young guys are playing some exciting ball, and you’ve got another month and a half to watch the boys at PETCO before the season ends and all attention focuses toward Charger football (if that hasn’t already happened…).
So get out there and root for your Pads. The next homstand begins on Monday, as the lovable losers — the Chicago Cubs — and their army of fans invade the Gaslamp.
Here’s tonight’s line:
Padres @ Brewers
First pitch 5:05 pm
Probable Starters — Correia (7-9, 4.51 ERA) v. Villanueva (2-9, 6.05 ERA)
TV — 4SD
Radio — 1090 AM