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The San Diego Padres Week in Review

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IMay 26, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 25:  Brian Giles #24 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by teammate Adrian Gonzalez after Giles scored the game tying run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Coming off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, the Padres used the off day on Monday to get ready for a three-game series against NL West foe the San Francisco Giants.

May 19

Both teams got great pitching efforts from their starters. Giants' pitcher Barry Zito went the distance, giving up just two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three while Padres' starter Chris Young was that much better. Young would give up just one run on five hits, walking three and striking out six through his six innings of work.

Solo home runs from Scott Hairston and Nick Hundley were the difference for San Diego as the Padres won their fourth straight game, 2-1.

May 20

After a pitching duel on Tuesday night, starters Chad Gaudin (San Diego) and Jonathan Sanchez (San Francisco) would take aim and try to get their team the win.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the second on an Emmanual Burriss RBI single but the Padres got that run back in the bottom half of the second on an RBI double from Chris Burke to tie the game, 1-1.

The knockout punch came in the fourth inning when Kevin Kouzmanoff sent a Barry Zito pitch deep into the San Diego night and into the left field stands to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. San Diego's bullpen held that lead, throwing three scoreless innings to close out the game, capped off by Heath Bell's 11th save in as many chances. Padres win their fifth straight game, 2-1.

May 21

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It was a day filled with drama for the Padres. Starting with the possible trade of Jake Peavy to the White Sox and continued with the addition of Tony Gwynn Jr, the day was capped off with the Padres' sixth straight win, but the game wasn't without drama of its own.

With the Padres down 2-1 in the ninth and the bases loaded, Giants' reliever Brian Wilson hit second baseman David Eckstein with a pitch, scoring Kevin Kouzmanoff and tying the game, 2-2. The very next batter, Scott Hairston, would line a pitch into left, scoring Gwynn Jr and sending the Padres and their fans home happy with the team's sixth consecutive victory.

May 22

Less than 24 hours removed from almost being traded, Jake Peavy had to have a lot on his mind. Maybe he had something to prove.

If he had frustrations, it was the Cubs that Peavy took them out on as he would shut them out through six innings, striking out 10 batters while walking four. Peavy also got offensive support, capped off by Adrian Gonzalez's 16th home run of the year as the Padres won their seventh straight game, 4-0.

May 23

After winning seven straight, the Padres wanted that ride to continue and they would need a good start from starter Josh Geer. That's exactly what they got as Geer would give up just one run on a solo home run by Cubs' first baseman Derek Lee in the second inning.

The Padres' offense took care of the rest thanks to a two-run double by right fielder Brian Giles in the fourth and an RBI single by Chris Burke in the seventh. They also got a huge defensive play by Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth to get Edward Mujica out of a two-on nobody-out jam as the Padres won their eighth straight, 3-1.

May 24

Starters Ted Lilly and Chris Young matched each other for four innings but that was as long as the Padres' offense was prepared to wait.

Surprisingly, it was Chris Young himself that got things started, smacking a first-pitch fastball to left for a two run single to put San Diego ahead, 2-0.

San Diego would get two more runs to go ahead 4-0, but the Cubs would get two back on Reed Johnson's two run home run in the seventh to pull within striking distance. San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered the knockout blow as he hammered a three-run shot to left to put the Padres ahead for good, giving them their ninth straight win, 7-2.

Week Recap

San Diego finished off their week a perfect 6-0 and capped off a 9-0 homestand with a sweep of the Chicago Cubs. Their pitching was flawless, their bullpen was even better, and their offense was putting up runs.

Don't look now, but here come the San Diego Padres.