The Padres have been hot and cold lately, seemingly either sweeping or being swept. Last night they gutted out a 2-1 victory against the Nationals, behind the solid pitching of Eric Stults, a solo homer by Yonder Alonso, and an error by Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Huston Street, fresh off a night where he gave up a go ahead solo homer in the 10th inning, came in for the save, though he walked two batters in the ninth. John Baker threw out two baserunners, including one in the ninth to bail out the Padres.
Hasn't been a great season so far, but they're doing better than they did last season, and they're not in last place right now, so that's nice too. With some good play and a little luck, I think .500 baseball is getting to San Diego soon. Hopefully.
Anyways, speaking of heating up, I got the last card I needed for the 1973 Topps Padres team set over the weekend as well...
Clay Kirby #655 is the last Padre in the set, and fittingly, the last Padre I needed to complete the set. It looks like he's pitching in a spring training game or at a high school field.
Anyways, I love the 1973 Topps design, look for a full write up of the team set tomorrow. Hopefully the Padres can salvage a split of the series against Washington tonight as Andrew Cashner faces big money Dan Haren. Go Padres!