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

The Padres (62-64) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (63-62) last night, 6-5, at Nationals Park.

Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) gave up four runs in six innings on six hit and two walks with nine strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Bryce Harper drew a walk, advance to second base on a groundout, stole third base, and scored when Ryan Zimmerman ground out. Zimmerman’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Anthony Rendon. In the seventh inning, Ross hit pinch-hitter Clint Robinson with a pitch then gave up a double to Denard Span. Shawn Kelley came in to pitch and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases and then walked Rendon to score Robinson. Marc Rzepczynski was then brought in to pitch to Harper, who singled to score Span and Werth. Yunel Escobar then ground into a double play to end the Nationals’ threat.

Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) lasted just four and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined to drive in four runs in the third inning; two on Kemp’s double and the other two from Upton’s home run. In the fourth inning, Austin Hedges crossed the plate on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Upton hit a solo home run off Doug Fister in the seventh inning.

Tonight, Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gets the start in the series finale against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) at 4:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (61-64) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (63-61), 8-3, last night in the first of three games at Nationals Park.

James Shields (9-6, 3.89) threw 121 pitches in just five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run with two outs in the second inning. After being relieved by Marc Rzepczynski in the sixth with two outs and one base runner, Bryce Harper appeared to ground to first base to end the inning. The umpire called it foul however after Harper feigned like the ball hit his foot. Harper drew a walk. Rzepczynski was taken out in favor of Bud Norris, who then walked Yunel Escobar. Ryan Zimmerman then came up and hit a Grand Slam. Pat Murphy stewed over the Harper call for about a half-inning before he was tossed in the top of the seventh inning.

Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.14) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. Jedd Gyorko was the Padres’ entire offense, hitting a two-run home run off Strasburg with no outs in the second inning and a solo shot with two outs in the seventh inning.

Tonight at 4:05pm PDT, Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.92) takes the mound versus Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98).

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First post in the books, so how did I do? Well, Bryant wanted to fire me, as he can in no way condone the mass consumption of Budweiser American Ale. Actually he doesn’t condone pretty much any consumption of an AB-InBev product. And as I was sipping on a Not Your Father’s Root Beer I thought I probably shouldn’t support non-craft beer either. I fetched my wife her go to Stella Artois, made sure we had chilled down the Zeigenbock, and plotted a path to be more craft supportive. It’s going to be tough, but I’ll keep you posted.

I also thought I was a little to mean spirited in my post. I was trying to be funny, but may have come across with too much hate in my snark. I also want to apologize to Taylor Lindsey. I’ve never met his mom, nor seen her, but I am sure she is a lovely lady and her looks had no bearing on him remaining in the Padres Top 30 Prospects list. I read this week that he cleared waivers and was designated to the Padres AA team, the San Antonio Missions. He is no longer on the 40 man roster and has struggled the entire season. It reminds me how difficult this game is to master, even for those highly touted from the start of their career. It’s too easy to be a critic, and I really didn’t need to pile on.

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I promise I’ll stop writing about second basemen. But not yet. Presented here mostly without comment, are the combined wRC+ and WAR totals for Padres second baseman the last 15 or so years. You might notice a light shining from the heavens on Mark Loretta. The worst mark came last year thanks to the awful start to Jace Peterson‘s career, and my boy Jedd Gyorko not exactly picking up Jace’s slack.

I’ll leave the analysis for elsewhere. For now there’s just context.

2015 89 0.8
2014 60 -0.7
2013 98 2.3
2012 88 1.5
2011 74 1.1
2010 82 3
2009 78 -0.4
2008 80 -0.1
2007 76 0.1
2006 97 3.4
2005 94 3.1
2004 137 5.8
2003 118 4.8
2002 81 1.8
2001 77 -0.3
2000 92 3.1

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

The Padres (61-63) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (78-45), 10-3, yesterday afternoon in the final game of their three-game series at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52) had the wheels come off early, giving up four runs in the first inning. Tommy Pham walked with one out in the first inning, then took second and third bases on a throwing error by Rea on a pickoff move. Jhonny Peralta reached on an error by Yangervis Solarte that scored Pham. A single by Jason Heyward followed, then a single by Yadier Molina. Stephen Piscotty tripled to clear the bases. Rea lasted just four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Piscotty also hit two home runs, a solo shot off Odrisamer Despaigne in the seventh inning and a two-run home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Yonder Alonso singled in the second inning, moved to second on a walk to Austin Hedges, and scored on a single to right field by Clint Barmes. In the ninth inning, a leadoff, pinch-hit double by Brett Wallace was followed by a single by Jedd Gyorko. After a pop-out by Solarte, Cory Spangenberg was hit by a pitch. Matt Kemp then singled to score Barmes and Gyorko. But, Justin Upton struck out and Alonso ground out to the first baseman to end the game.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Washington Nationals (62-61) for three games starting tomorrow night at 4:05pm PDT. James Shields (9-5, 3.74) gets the start versus Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 4.22).

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

The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.

Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.

The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.

And now I need a break from typing.

This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (60-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-44), 9-3, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gave up just one unearned run in six innings on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Stephen Piscotty reached on a fielding error by Alexi Amarista and later scored on a Yadier Molina single. Bud Norris started the seventh inning in relief of Cashner and gave up two runs without recording an out. Mark Reynolds doubled and Tommy Pham tripled, scoring Piscotty. Marc Rzepczynski then came in to pitch and proceeded to hit Brandon Moss with a pitch. After getting Matt Carpenter to fly out to left field, a Piscotty sacrifice fly let Pham come across the plate for the last Cardinals’ run of the night.

St Louis’ starter John Lackey (10-8, 2.99) also pitched six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The Friars scored five runs in the fifth inning on an Amarista single followed by a bunt attempt by Cashner that resulted in two throwing errors on the play, bringing Amarista around to score. Rookie centerfielder Travis Jankowski, who made his first Major League start and batted ninth, hit his second single of the night to drive in Cashner. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run to make it 4-1, Padres. Yonder Alonso then walked, took second base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Justin Upton single. In the eighth inning, an Amarista leadoff double was followed by a Brett Wallace two-run home run. Solarte singled and scored on a Matt Kemp two-run home run. And that was all she wrote.

Tonight’s second game of the series stars at 5:40pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) taking the mound against Carlos Martinez (12-5, 2.78).

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Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:

  • How baseball’s tech team built the future of television (The Verge) – Ben Popper pens a long but fascinating piece about the development of and the applications of its technology in non-baseball markets. MLBAM, the entity behind, is now partnered up with the NHL, HBO, and others to deliver content to their viewers. Popper touches on regional blackouts, but only from the technical standpoint. No solution is offered (yeah, I know) for folks such as myself who are legally prohibited from watching their hometown team via the Internet, although there is less-than-satisfying movement on that front. [h/t Sean Lahman]
  • Preller, Padres should build on rebuild ( – Barry Bloom discusses the future with A.J. Preller, who admits that “we’re not where we want to be as a group” and teases that Justin Upton’s tenure in San Diego might not end with the season. Bloom also notes that increased television revenue and attendance will help pay for things that the Padres haven’t been able to afford in the past, like a fleet of killer whale submarines. Meanwhile, Christina Kahrl suggests that Padres fans should temper expectations regarding potential waiver wire activity (saying farewell to Will Venable, the last player from the Padres teams I watched on television, might be it). [h/t reader Didi for the Kahrl item]
  • Rea shows promise in big-league debut (U-T) – A possible part of the future is Colin Rea, who doesn’t overwhelm with stuff but who knows how to pitch. His catcher, Austin Hedges, has nice things to say: “Knowing Colin for four or five years now, I couldn’t tell a difference if he was pitching in a low-A game, a Double-A game or a big-league game.” John Sickels also has nice things to say.
  • Kemp completes first cycle in Padres history ( – Did you know that nobody had ever hit for the cycle while playing for the Padres? Wow, I did not know that. Now Matt Kemp has done it. I was hoping he would throw a no-hitter, but what are you gonna do. Maybe Rea will do that.
  • Cooperstown Chances: Is Trevor Hoffman a Hall of Famer? (Sporting News) – Graham Womack discusses Hoffy’s candidacy, confirming my fears that he is more likely to be associated with the lesser Lee Smith than with the greater Mariano Rivera and putting his chances at 60 percent. He is Tim Raines to Rivera’s Rickey Henderson. And speaking of great left fielders who played for the Padres (Henderson, not Raines), you’ll want to read Michael Barr’s piece about a painting of Ted Williams.

Sometimes you just can’t get out of work; or your office doesn’t allow radios and isn’t equipped with Cable TV.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you probably missed while you were working.

San Diego (59-62) completed their second three-game sweep of the season, defeating Atlanta (53-67) 3-2 in front of 20,732 fans.  Shawn Kelley (2-2) was assigned the win after throwing a scoreless seventh inning.  Matt Marksberry, who right-handed hitters feast on (.385 AVG before play started today), surrendered 2 runs in the seventh and took the loss.  Craig Kimbrel worked a clean ninth for his 35th save; no batted ball made it past the infield grass.

This game started ominously for the Padres.  Tyson Ross came out dealing (good), striking out the first two hitters and working around a pair of two-out singles.  Julio Teheran came out scuffling (good?), running the count full to 3 of the first 4 hitters and loading the bases with one out.  With his pitch count climbing (he would eventually throw 36 in the first inning), Jedd Gyorko hit a 1-0 pitch to shallow RF, not deep enough to score the run.  Melvin Upton Jr.then rolled into a fielder’s choice, ending the threat.  Usually when you let a pitcher off the ropes, bad things happen.

Teheran tried to make that a truism, retiring 11 of the next 12 hitters.  The lone Padre to reach (Yangervis Solarte) was doubled off first on Matt Kemp‘s lineout to third.  Meanwhile, the Braves pushed across a run in the third thanks to two walks and a single from Nick Markakis.  It could have been far worse, except with Cameron Maybin hitting Michael Bourn broke for second, changed his mind, and was picked off by Austin Hedges trying to get back to first.  Thanks to that defensive play the Braves only scored the one run.

The Padres finally broke through against Teheran when Solarte led off the inning with a 372′ HR to right.  Once Teheran left the game, San Diego continued to punish the Braves bullpen.  They forged ahead when Hedges’ one-out double scored Upton Jr in the seventh.  Hedges came around to score on Solarte’s double.  Atlanta got one back, as Markakis’ double in the eighth rattled around the LF corner, allowing Maybin to score from first, but would get no closer.

The Padres are off today and start a 3-game set with St Louis Friday. John Lackey (10-7, 2.87) will face Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.20).  Before Friday’s game Wine Fest will be held at the ol’ ballyard.

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Will Venable was a lot like that old reclining chair in the corner of your living room, the one your wife finally put out on the curb one day while you were engulfed by a Baseball Reference wormhole. Venable was familiar, reliable, and often effective, but at 32 years old and in the last year of his contract, he was a few model years past his prime. Now he’s in Texas, joining a Rangers team that’s in the midst of a surprising playoff run, bolstering a struggling group of outfielders that includes Delino DeShields Jr., Shin-Soo Choo, Josh Hamilton, and Ryan Strausborger.

In Venable’s place sits a shiny new electrically-powered pleather monstrosity named Travis Jankowski, expected to be called up today from Triple-A El Paso. Jankowski started his professional career slowly — he hit just .286/.356/.355 as a 22-year-old in the Cal League in 2013, then lost most of 2014 to injuries. He’s having a breakout season this year, however, as he’s OPSed .838 between Double-A and Triple-A, showing improved plate discipline with his usual display of foot speed. Hey, maybe this new contraption ain’t so bad.

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