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Gameday Thread, #93: 7/15 vs. Padres

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Justin Germano (24, RHP, 5-3, 3.90)
Brandon Webb (28, RHP, 8-6, 3.37)

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I certainly didn't think that we'd wake up Sunday morning with the series in the bag, and a chance of a sweep. I'd have been very happy to settle for taking one of the first two games, but the re-emergence of our clutch offense [or, at least, sharp regression to the mean] means we come here today, to bury the former NL West leaders, not to praise them. No Peavy - instead we're facing a starter who has allowed 12 earned runs in 10.2 innings over his previous two starts. And we send the reigning Cy Young winner to the mound for the Diamondbacks. Sounds pretty good to me.

Of course, we should take nothing for granted. Before those last two outings, Germano was pretty good, and he's basically an entirely unknown quantity. Doug Davis is the only current roster member with any at-bats against him, and I doubt Eric Byrnes will be pestering Double-D for tips. Not the same for Webb, of course, and a few Padres have decent history against him: Gonzalez (7-for-21) and Bradley (6-for-12 with six walks) are the best of those with 10+ at-bats. Should be fun, and we'll be cheering loudly: it's been a while!

Today's poll question is based on a piece in the Republic where Doug Halter writes: "I get home-team loyalty. Really, I do. But I've never understood this trend of throwing back the visitors' home-run balls. It happened Saturday night, some fan tossing back Brian Giles' homer in the fifth. Giles was back in the San Diego dugout by the time the ball bounced near Arizona outfielder Jeff Salazar - producing cheers - but something tells me he wasn't offended. "The nerve of these Arizona fans!" Just an idea, but next time an opponent leaves the yard, why not just give the ball to the nearest kid? The Diamondbacks will understand." Agree or disagree?

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Opponents home-run balls - what to do?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Throw it back! Throw it back!
    (3 votes)
  • 46%
    Find a convenient passing child
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    I'm keeping it. There's always Ebay
    (1 vote)
  • 23%
    Who cares?
    (3 votes)
13 votes total Vote Now