Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon 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 Clayton Kershaw the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13), 1-0, to drop the series finale at Dodger Stadium yesterday. Denying the Padres their sweet revenge of a sweep and forcing them back to San Diego with kissing their sister with a series win.

Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 1.96) pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out fourteen. The closest the Friars came to scoring a run came in the seventh on back-to-back singles by Wil Myers and Matt Kemp. But, Melvin Upton Jr. struck out and Derek Norris flied out to end the threat.

Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) gave up the one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Kershaw knocked in A.J. Ellis with a single in the third inning.

What are you gonna do? It happens.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT, James Shields (0-4, 3.55) takes the mound against Jon Gray (0-0, 11.42) in the opener, as the Colorado Rockies (11-12) come to Petco Park for three games.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during 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 more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-13), 5-2, to win the second of three games at Dodger Stadium last night.

Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Chase Utley hit a two-run home run with no outs in the third inning for the Dodgers’ only runs.

Ross Stripling (0-2, 4.33) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts over just four and two-thirds innings. Of the nine total Padres’ hits, five of them were doubles. Jon Jay, Wil Myers, and Matt Kemp had back-to-back-to-back doubles in the third inning. In the fifth inning, back-to-back walks to Myers and Kemp led to a two-RBI double by Melvin Upton Jr. Upton then scored on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez.

The Friars attempt to return the favor of Los Angeles’ Opening Series sweep at Petco Park this afternoon at 1:10pm PDT, with Drew Pomeranz (2-2, 2.86) getting the start against Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.43).

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

The Padres (8-15) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12), 5-1, in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Cesar Vargas (0-0, 0.87) threw 90 pitches and was pulled after five and a third innings. Vargas had not allowed a run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Manager Andy Green pulled him because he had reached his pitch limit. Brad Hand then gave up a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal in the sixth inning, giving Vargas a no-decision. Kevin Quackenbush, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Carlos Villanueva then combined to shutout the Dodgers for the remainder of the game.

Alex Wood (1-2, 4.82) gave up one run on five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings. Matt Kemp hit a double and was driven home with an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. in the fourth inning. In the eighth inning, Kemp hit a towering three-run home run to left field. And in the ninth inning, Adam Rosales scored on a squeeze bunt single by Travis Jankowski.

Tonight at 6:10pm PDT, Colin Rea (1-1, 5.06) takes the mound against Ross Stripling (0-1, 3.22) in the second game.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Wednesday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (7-15) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (12-11), 13-9, yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Andrew Cashner (1-2, 4.92) lasted just two and two-thirds innings while throwing 89 pitches, giving up six runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Michael Kirkman came in in relief and surrendered another four runs in his one and a third innings. Then Luis Perdomo gave up another three runs in his two innings. Brad Hand and Fernando Rodney finally stopped the bleeding to close out the game, but it was much too late at that point.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.86) gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over five and two-thirds innings. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run off Samardzija in the third inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to twelve games. And Adam Rosales hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.

The Padres have the day off today as they travel to Chavez Ravine to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-10) for three games at Dodger Stadium. Friday’s game will pit Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.80) against Alex Wood (1-2, 6.00) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (7-14) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (11-11), 1-0, last night at AT&T Park

James Shields (0-4, 3.55) pitched arguably his best game of the year so far, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts over seven innings. But, Johnny Cueto (4-1, 2.65) outmatched him. Cueto pitched a complete game shutout with eleven strikeouts against seven hits and a walk.

The lone run came in the fifth inning when Denard Span doubled, scoring Brandon Crawford. The closest the Friars came to scoring was in that fifth inning. However, with one out and the bases loaded, Jon Jay ground into a double play. At first, it looked like Jay was safe at first and Alexei Ramirez had scored. But the Giants challenged the call and won, voiding that run.

The series wraps up with Andrew Cashner (1-1, 4.29) taking the mound against Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.00) at 12:45pm PDT this afternoon.

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Watching Wil Myers bat last week had me wondering about his swing: his back foot is super weird. Hover your mouse over the image below to watch:

That’s Wil smacking around a double off the Cardinals’ Seth Maness last Friday and one of 9 Padres swings measured at 108mph or more off the bat so far this season.

In part thanks to the awesomeness that is Fox Sports’ high speed camera, there’s a lot to see. Now, I’m not anywhere close to being a scout. I also don’t have much experience hitting; I was fairly bad* at hitting baseballs until I stopped trying at age 15.

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

The Padres (7-13) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (10-11), 5-4, in the first of three games at AT&T Park.

Drew Pomeranz (2-2, 2.86) pitched just four and a third innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hit and three walks with six strikeouts. Solo home runs by Hunter Pence in the fourth inning off Pomeranz and Buster Posey in seventh inning off Carlos Villanueva cemented the win for the Giants.

Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. Jon Jay‘s RBI single in the third put the Friars on the board. And Derek Norris hit an RBI double off Bumgarner in the sixth inning. The Padres started to rally against the Giants’ bullpen, scoring two runs off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another RBI single by Brett Wallace. But it wasn’t enough.

Tonight at 7:15pm PDT, James Shields (0-3, 4.15) goes up against Johnny Cueto (3-1, 3.49).

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Sometimes letters never reach their intended targets, instead becoming lost, abandoned, or otherwise discarded amongst the abundance of flyers and coupons in the mailperson’s sack. Sometimes those letters end up at the doorstep of the Padres Public headquarters, where we promptly publish them. Here are some of those letters.

Mr. Mike Dee
CEO, San Diego Padres Baseball Club.
April 20, 2016

Dear Mr. Dee—I just wanted to write to tell you how much I like the new Sycuan sign at Petco Park. What a beaut! It’s such a delight to be patrons of a team that cares so much about quality advertising, and that, my friend, is some quality advertising. I went to the game the other night with my boy and the first thing he asked me about was that glowing monstrosity looming over the batter’s eye, and we proceeded to have a wonderful conversation about my past tribulations with a game called blackjack . . . but I digress.

We marveled at the incandescent light shimmering off each letter, a gorgeously centered backdrop to the drubbing the home nine were taking on the field. It’s really a great location for such aesthetic mastery, boldly affixed atop the field of play. What a beaut!

Shoot, more I think about it, I can’t even remember what was there before. And now I’ve got an eight-year-old son who wants to hit the Vegas Strip. I just wanted to make sure you know how much we appreciate that sign, and for that matter, everything else you do—although I’m sure fans around the park are always telling you the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers,
Sam in Escondido

P.S.—Can any other team in the majors boast a one-two advertising punch like the Padres, with the aforementioned Sycuan sign and the now slightly overshadowed—but impressive in its own right, darn it—National University sign in left-center? That’s a heckuva combo. Keep up the good work.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (7-12) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (10-8), 8-5, in the finale of their three game series at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (1-1, 5.06) pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hit and two walks while striking out two. The Padres had a two-run lead when Kevin Quackenbush came into relieve Rea in the sixth inning, and Quackenbush gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Jedd Gyorko and Aldemys Diaz with no outs. Ryan Buchter pitched the next two inning without a run scored. Then Brandon Maurer came in to pitch the eighth inning and proceeded to give up three runs.

Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64) also pitched five innings, but gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Christian Bethancourt hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning for one RBI and a solo home run in the fourth inning for another. Melvin Upton Jr.‘s RBI groundout in the second inning and an RBI single in the fifth inning added two more, before he was ejected for arguing balls & strikes in the seventh inning. An RBI single by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning was the final time a Padre crossed home plate for the rest of the afternoon.

Tonight, the Friars travel to AT&T Park to face the San Francisco Giants (9-11) for three games. Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 2.04) takes on Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.91) tonight at 7:15pm PDT.

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

The Padres (7-11) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (9-8), 11-2, in the second of three games at Petco Park last night. In his return to San Diego since being traded for Jon Jay, Jedd Gyorko took a dump on the Padres’ lawn in a big way. Gyorko started at third base for the Cardinals and went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run to left field in the eighth inning.

Padres starting pitcher Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.80) pitched five innings, giving up just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run in the sixth inning off Vargas. Kevin Quackenbush got the loss in relief after giving up two runs in one and a third innings. Brad Hand gave up another run while not recording an out in the seventh inning. Carlos Villanueva threw a gas can into the fire, giving up a pinch-hit three-run home run to Jeremy Hazelbaker in the seventh inning and Gyorko’s bomb.

Michael Wacha (2-0, 2.82) gave up both Padres’ runs on four hits and four walks in six innings pitched. Wil Myers scored on a Melvin Upton Jr. sacrifice fly in the first inning. And an Alexei Ramirez sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Matt Kemp.

This afternoon the series wraps up with Colin Rea (1-1, 5.51) taking the mound against Mike Leake (0-2, 5.71) at 1:40pm PDT.

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