FriarBall: Friars squeeze one out

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Friars squeeze one out

Not only is it great to see the Padres back in the win column, but it was great to see how they won. The things that impressed me (in no particular order):

1. Kevin Kouzmanoff finally got some luck when Austin Kearns mistimed his jump on Kouzmanoff's hit to the wall in right, giving Kevin a RBI triple. Hopefully this will be a turning point for the rookie and his hitting this year.

2. Have to love the suicide squeeze Oscar Robles laid down to score Kouzmanoff later in the 7th right after the Nationals pulled Shawn Hill.

3. Chris Young had a great performance on the mound, pitching eight solid innings where he gave up only three hits and struck out eight. Young seemed in control all night and if he could pitch that way consistently, he could be almost as dominant as Jake Peavy.

4. It was nice to see Adrian Gonzalez get retribution on Dmitri Young. After Young robbed Gonzalez of a hit Monday and turned it into a double play, Gonzalez came back with the same play Tuesday, catching a shot from Young and doubling off Kearns.

5. And of course it's always good to see Trevor Hoffman get one save closer to 500 for his career, especially when it helps the Padres get back above .500.

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