Clint Barmes is still costing us games

We are working really hard to dispel the rumor that home runs can’t be hit in San Diego. The two guys at the bottom of the Padres lineup – Clint Barmes and Austin Hedges – both did damage in a 5-4 Rockies loss. Austin who? 2nd round draft pick in 2011 from San Juan Capistrano. … Continued

Saved by the changeup

Once again, Walt Weiss was faced with a non-choice last night heading into the 9th inning. John Axford was rode hard and put away wet the previous two days. LaTroy Hawkins had a jacket on the entire night in the dugout and didn’t move to the bullpen, a sure sign he was also “down” for … Continued

Martinez heat too much for Rox

One of the things said about the old Blake Street Bombers was they never met a fastball they didn’t like. In particular, Vinny Castilla was about as dead red a hitter as has ever played. It’s hard to compare prior generations in terms of pitch velocity, movement, and location, but this offense seemed to see … Continued