Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Flight?

I know that other's have used the phrase before, but I credit Padres coach Glenn Hoffman with using it after a getaway day victory.  Hoping to hear him use it tonight, as the Padres face the Rockies in the rubber game of the three game set here in Denver.  

Last night it was all about the ageless wonder, Jamie Moyer.  He'll be honored in a brief ceremony before the game tonight, for becoming the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game, at age 49 years and 150 days old.   Pretty amazing stuff when you think about it.  

Tonight, it's Clayton Richard, against Juan Nicasio at Coors Field.  Richard comes is 1-3 lifetime against the Rockies, with a 5.05 ERA in 9 starts.  Nicasio has made two previous starts against the Padres, and is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.  He's also battling back from a neck injury suffered last year while taking a line drive off his head.  

Here's the lineup:

CF - Will Venable
RF - Chris Denorfia (4 for 4 last night)
3B - Chase Headley
LF - Jesus Guzman
1B - Yonder Alonso
 C - Nick Hundley
SS - Jason Bartlett
2B - Orlando Hudson
SP - Clayton Richard


- Tim Stauffer's bullpen session was today, as opposed to yesterday, back in San Diego.  He plans to throw a side session under the watchful eye of pitching coach Darren Balsley either Friday or Saturday at Petco Park.  Still no timetable on when Stauffer will be going out on rehab. 

- Carlos Quentin took live BP at Petco Park today, and also did some light jogging.  He plans to take batting practice again tomorrow when the team returns home.  According to Bud Black, "Carlos is getting closer, but still no timetable on his return".  

- Logan Forsythe is in Peoria now, going through extended Spring Training.  He'll be there for a little while, then probably go on some minor league rehab assignments and is about 3 weeks away from game action.  

Upcoming match ups:
Here are the probable pitchers for the series with the Phillies starting tomorrow night....

THU 4/19  7:05pm     Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80) v. Vance Worely (0-1, 3.75)
FRI   4/20  7:05pm     Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24) v. Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65)
SAT  4/21  5:35pm    Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71) v. Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17)
SUN 4/22  1:05pm     Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38) v. Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26)

So the Padres miss Cliff Lee, but that's still a group of formidable pitchers to face.  Looks like the Padres will miss Stephen Strasburg in the Nationals series as well.  

Ok, almost time for baseball, have a good night!


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