Padres Have No Problems Handling Houston at Home
The Padres emphasis on timely hitting, well played defense and of course, their bullpen, was on full display this weekend as they won only their second home series of the season, winning their last three of the four games series against Houston. The three consecutive wins was also their season high at Petco, where they had struggled mightily this season.
The Padres have now won eight of their last 11, with seven games remaining in this current homestand. They begin a three game series against the banged-up Rockies, who they are a game behind in the standings for fourth place. Yet they only trail the first-place Giants by 6.5 games, the same amount the Padres led by before their 10-game free fall last year. And with Brad Hawpe taking fly balls in right field during batting practice, help could be on the way, perhaps in the form of a left-hander currently hitting .377 in the Pacific Coast League.
So things are looking up for the Friars. Here is a game by game account of how the Padres offense turned Petco National Park into the cozy confines of on Tony Gwynn Drive.
June 2nd, 2011 Astros 7, Padres 4
WP Bud Norris (3-4) 6IP 6H 04R 4ER 2BB 6K 0HR
LP Tim Stauffer (1-4) 5IP 8H 7R 5ER 4BB 2K 1HR
S Mark Melancon (5) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K 0HR
Last year Bud Black noted that Padres were not so much into run scoring as they were in the run prevention business, citing pitching and defense. Jed Hoyer preached getting stronger up the middle by replacing aging veterans with younger and more athletic players would improve upon the record setting defednse the team already had.
But the difference of the game came once again came down to three Padres errors in the third, allowing the Astros to score five runs and go up 6-0.
Chris Johnson added another run for Houston with a solo homer off the fa