Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-16) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (9-15), 4-3, last night in the first of three games at AT&T Park.

Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.96) is still looking for his first victory of 2017. Perdomo pitched six innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out five. In the first inning, Christian Arroyo reached on an error, allowing Joe Panik to score, and Brandon Belt scored on a Conor Gillaspie single. Belt scored on a Michael Morse sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Arroyo led off the eighth inning with a home run.

Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 7.40) is also looking for his first victory of 2017. Samardzija surrendered three runs (two earned) in seven innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run and Cory Spangenberg scored on a Austin Hedges single in the fifth inning.

At AT&T Park tonight, starting at 6:05pm PDT, Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90) gets the start versus Matt Cain (2-0, 2.42).

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Ryan Schimpf hit a game-winning home run on Wednesday night, and then added another one last night:

I was trying to think of a creative way to explain why Schimpf, despite hitting .125 on the season, deserves a much longer look, but it really boils down to two simple numbers:

Walk Rate: 18.5 percent
ISO: .234

Schimpf’s still walking a ton and he’s hitting for power. He’s also striking out a lot, but his 32.1 percent K-rate shouldn’t make him unplayable. So far this year, two really solid hitters, Chris Davis and Joey Gallo, are striking out at a similar rate, and a number of fringier guys are around that level. Last year, Davis, Chris Carter, and Mike Napoli all posted wRC+’s above 100 while whiffing at least 30 percent of the time, and they did it in Schimpf-ian fashion, with walks and power.

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what's brewing on the padres farm system

Yuniet Flores, OF, High-A Lake Elsinore

Are you on board with A.J. Preller loading up on young international talent, but not quite patient enough to see if any of these teenagers actually pans out? If so, you’re in luck, because there’s one Cuban that the Padres inked to a deal last August that’s already playing at High-A Lake Elsinore: Yuniet Flores.

Of course, there’s a catch—Flores isn’t a teenage phenom, he’s 31 years old. He debuted with the Storm on Sunday and promptly went 4-for-6, including a walkoff single. After playing in a few more High-A games, he is off to a .462/.563/.538 start in 16 plate appearances.

Is that enough to get excited about? I’m not sure. I’m a long drive away from Lake Elsinore (hello from Texas), so I haven’t had eyes on him yet. His stats from the Cuban National League are good but not great (.298/.371/.409 over an eight-year period). In terms of what he brings to the table, well… I honestly can’t even find even a shred of a scouting report on Flores.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-15) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-9) in the series finale at Chase Field last night, 6-2.

Jered Weaver (0-2, 4.71) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits (including three home runs) and two walk with one strikeout. Chris Owings hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Yasmany Tomas and Owings each had a solo home run. Tomas doubled home Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning. Miguel Diaz threw a wild pitch to Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning, allowing Jake Lamb to come home.

Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94) gave up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out eleven in eight innings. In the first inning, Wil Myers scored on a Yangervis Solarte single. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Padres head to San Francisco to take on the Giants (8-15) for three games at AT&T Park starting tonight at 7:15pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (0-0, 6.97) gets the start tonight against Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 7.40).

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-14) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-9), 8-5, at Chase Field last night.

Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50) gave up all five Diamondbacks’ runs over five and two-thirds innings on nine hits and four walks while striking out nine. Paul Goldschmidt had RBI singles to score A.J. Pollock in the first and third innings. Also in the third inning, Jake Lamb singled to drive David Peralta in and Goldschmidt scored on a Chris Owings groundout. Goldschmidt also doubled to drive in Peralta in the fourth inning for the Diamondbacks’ final run.

Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Erick Aybar hit a solo home run and Cahill doubled to drive in Jabari Blash, who had walked. Hunter Renfroe led off the sixth inning with a home run. In the ninth inning, Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run and Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run double.

Tonight’s series finale pits Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91) against Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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Like any devoted Fernando Tatis Jr. fan, yesterday I watched some of the Fort Wayne–West Michigan game on MiLB.tv. Tatis went 1–3 with a walk against a mostly dominant Kyle Funkhouser, a line that doesn’t highlight a long fly out to deep left-center field in the top of the sixth. But no heroics from Funkhouser or Tatis or anyone else could top the theatrics of the Appliance Race that took place in the middle of the third inning.

Between inning minor-league promotions are a staple of the scene, and often a bit strange—this game featured an Eye Ball Race and a Human Sandwich Race, both mildly disturbing. But whoever was the genius behind the concept of the Appliance Race—and this particular cast of contestants—deserves a raise. It stole the show.

Let’s set the scene. We’ve got three kids, all donning costumes of our favorite household appliances; one wears a range outfit, another a water heater, and the third is decked out in a foam dryer.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (8-14) scored less runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-8) last night, 9-3, at Chase Field.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.45) gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks in just three and two-thirds innings, with two strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Nick Ahmed and A.J. Pollock scored on Chris Owings‘ triple and Goldschmidt’s single drove in Owings. In the fourth inning, Ahmed scored on a double by Pollock and Owings’ single drove Pollock in. Daniel Descalso hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Goldschmidt doubled and took third on a Jabari Blash error and drove in Pollock. Yasmany Tomas‘ sacrifice fly brought Goldschmidt home.

Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.10) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walk while striking out nine. Wil Myers doubled and scored on Yangervis Solarte‘s single in the third inning. Blash hit his first home run of 2017, a solo shot in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Hunter Renfroe doubled, took third on a line drive out by Luis Torrens, and scored on Luis Sardinas single.

Tonight’s third game of the series matches Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44) against Zack Godley (0-0) starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (8-13) scored less runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-8), 7-6, in first of four games at Chase Field.

Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90) gave up all seven Diamondbacks’ runs on eight hits and two walk while striking out six in six innings. David Peralta hit a solo home run in the first inning. Jake Lamb scored on a Yasmany Tomas double in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases and Chris Owings hit the first grand slam of his Major League career. Tomas scored on Chris Herrmann‘s single in the sixth inning.

Zack Greinke (2-2, 2.93) also pitched six innings, but only allowed one run on six hits and no walks with eleven strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte scored on an Austin Hedges sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning Jabari Blash scored on Manuel Margot‘s grounder and Wil Myers hit a three-run home run with Erick Aybar & Margot on base. Hedges hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Tonight, Clayton Richard (2-2, 3.04) takes on Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.27) in the second game of the series starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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Erick Aybar was the No. 2 hole hitter in the lineup yesterday for the third straight game. I don’t care much about lineups, but I’ve gotta write about something.

In an ideal word, for a team that’s trying to win baseball games, Erick Aybar should never bat second. He should almost always bat eighth (or ninth). This is not groundbreaking analysis.

Aybar is very much an old school two hole hitter because he works the count, can hit-and-run, bunt, hit behind the runner, control the bat, steal a bag here and there, yada yada. Those things are good and all—really, I don’t mind them in certain situations, for certain hitters—but they work perfectly fine lower in the order, too. Old school two hole hitters often simply aren’t productive overall, which is why they should usually bat at the bottom of the order.

Putting a bad hitter in the two spot doesn’t make sense, for obvious reasons: 1) you’re giving him more at-bats over the course of a season and 2) you’re putting him in an important lineup spot, right in the middle of the heart of the order. When you’re thinking about the top of a team’s batting order, the No. 2 hitter shouldn’t be a guy with a three-year OPS of .628. That’s a unnecessary breather ceded to the opposing pitcher.

So why is Andy Green, a seemingly smart, progressive manager, batting Aybar second?

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A look at a Padres prospect or two from each level of the system that had a noteworthy week.  Yes, Michael Gettys striking out 12 times in six games and Ruddy Giron hitting a walkoff dinger are certainly noteworthy, but these are a few guys who have really impressed the past week. Oh, and Franchy Cordero is slugging .492, so don’t look at any of his other numbers, he’s great and should be loved by all.

 

Dinelson Lamet – SP, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)

5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 13 K, 3 BB

Go figure, in the most hitter-friendly place in the Padres farm system, the star of the week goes to a pitcher.  In his third start of the season, Dinelson Lamet set a Chihuahuas team record with 13 strikeouts.  More impressive is the fact that the Tacoma Rainers (Seattle Mariners affiliate) entered the game with the fewest strikeouts in the Pacific Coast League.  Lamet needed 96 pitches to set the record, and of his three hits allowed, only a homer by Gordon Beckham did any damage.  With a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings this year, there’s a nice chance that we could see Lamet in San Diego before the end of the season.

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