Sunday, April 8, 2007

Padres need an early alarm clock

There are two ways to look at it. Either the Padres are a great hitting team in the clutch, or they are incapable of putting away another team’s starting pitcher.
Consider the last four games. The Padres have scored six of their 11 runs in the ninth inning or later.
It breaks down this way: They have scored five runs in 32 innings through the first eight innings of each game, compared to six times in five innings after the eighth.
More than 50 percent of their runs are coming in the ninth or 10th innings? Better hope the starting pitching holds up and the bullpen goes all season without allowing a run.
Kevin Kouzmanoff must be the most relieved man in San Diego today. His single with the infield drawn-in broke a 2-for-20 slump and provided a 2-1 win over Colorado in 10 innings.
The best advice for the Padres from here on out? Bring an alarm clock before the ninth inning!

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