FriarBall: Go directly to first but do not pass go

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Go directly to first but do not pass go

In their second extra inning game in two days, the Padres seemed to seemed to have no problem getting runners on base. But once those runners got on, there seemed to be no place to go. Unfortunately for them, this time it cost them.

Eleven runners were left on base Wednesday against Arizona and the overworked bullpen finally gave in in the 12th. If the Padres are going to succeed this season, they will need their starters to pitch further into games, something only Jake Peavy seems to be accomplishing at this point.

Luckily for San Diego, Peavy will be on the mound tomorrow night and should give the Padres their best chance to split the two-game series. And luckily for the bullpen, Peavy should be able to give a couple of tired arms a break also.

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