Surging San Diego Padres Have Won 6 In A Row
Quick, which NL West team has improved the most since the start of the season?
Its not the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose pitching woes continue to drag them down, despite holding on to a slim lead in the division.
Its not the San Francisco Giants, who are still trying to prove their the same 2012 team that won the World Series.
You could argue its the Colorado Rockies, who after a terrible 2012 season, are proving to be a more difficult rival than expected.
And certainly its not the LA Dodgers who seem to involve themselves in more brawls than they do in finding ways to win.
On May 31st, the San Diego Padres found themselves 5 games behind the first place Diamondbacks, and having only one 4 out of their last ten games.
Cut to June 16th, and the Padres are now 2 games behind the Diamondbacks, and above 500 for the first time since 2010. During the weekend series, the Friars swept the Diamondbacks, after a few strong outings by Eric Stults on Friday, Jason Marquis on Saturday, and Clayton Richard on Sunday.
Stults only threw a one-run complete game on Friday, and was supported by excellent defense. Stults also tied the Padres record with 6 assists. It seemed like every inning he’d get at least one hitter to bounce the ball right back at him for an easy out at first.
Clayton Richard only allowed 1 run the whole game, as big of a surprise for him as it was for San Diego. Richard had an 8.06 ERA heading into Sunday, and exited with a 7.01 ERA. Blanks was again the offensive hero, hitting a 3 run homer in the 8th off David Hernandez.
The NL West is heating up with the summer sun, and the Padres are proving themselves a worthy foe.
Tonight, they will face the San Francisco Giants, and aim to stay above 500.