Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Especially when you were also running the brewery operations of the pub and may have sampled too much of the new marzen being prepared for Octoberfest. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while we were drinking.

The Padres (59-83) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (67-74) last night at Petco Park, 6-3, in the third game of four.

Christian Friedrich (5-10, 4.67) probably had the best start of nhis career as he surrendered only two hits and one walk and allowing no runs while striking out a personal best ten Rockies. Jose Dominguez and Brad Hand worked a sloppy eighth inning to give up three runs and Brandon Maurer pitched a clean ninth to close it out and earn a save.

Jon Gray (9-8, 4.69) gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings, while also striking out and walking three batters. Eddie Butler and Chad Qualls blanked the Padres over the final four frames. Wil Myers, looking to break out of his second half funk, went two for three with a walk and drove in two runners. Yangervis Solarte had three hits and also drove in three runs.

Today in the finale will have Edwin Jackson (4-5, 5.55) taking the mound against Chad Bettis (12-7, 4.88) starting at 1:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Especially when you are subbing in for Scott and are nowhere near the multi-media linking guru. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (56-79) scored less than the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-60), 5-1, last night in the second of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Luis Perdomo (7-8, 5.929) gave up five runs on nine hits and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a Corey Seager and then Yasmani Grandal drove in three with a long home run to center in the fourth inning. Josh Reddick added to the scoring with a solo shot in the sixth. Keith Hessler (who?) and Jose Dominguez combined to shutout the Dodgers over the last two innings.

Rich Hill (11-3, 1.94) pitched six innings, surrendering no runs on one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Alexei Ramirez broke up the no-hitter in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Wil Myers singled in Luis Sardinas, who had doubled off of Casey Fien. Yay, no shut out!

Today at 1:10pm PDT, Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.84) gets the start against Jose De Leon (0-0, 0.00) gets his debut in the final game of the series.

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Have you ever bought a tank? I never have. I’ve never had reason to need one, but even someone tried to convince me it was the ultimate survival tool, or if I just thought it was the premier vanity item, I still don’t see how I would want to buy a tank.

Mike Dee is a tank salesman. He didn’t really mean to end up one, as I’m sure as he set his plans in motion for the season he was not contemplating being one. Yet here he is, selling what he built. His team is a bottom dweller and it is sinking fast. He now has to sell what he unwittingly created; a tank.

He planned on selling a contender. It’s all his team hawked in the pre-season. The Padres have the All Star Game this summer. Surely people will buy season tickets in droves to have the opportunity to finally see an All Star Game at PETCO. He must have planned to have a decent product to sell and combine the decent product with the lure of an ASG package and figured sales should soar. The fly in the ointment turned out to be a big fly. Like horse fly size. Like tank fly size.

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It was probably right after finishing my third pint of 2 a.m. Bike Ride that I had an epiphany. Yes, I realized I needed another glass of Fall Brewery’s fantastic stout, but what I truly realized was although I want to write more, I probably need to read more. It’s not a lack of motivation for writing that has kept me quiet, it was not having the depth I think I should to be able to fully flesh out a couple thousand words on a subject. Thus my resolution was made, and I have already ordered received and read three books to start off the New Year. I had been late in acquiring Molly Knight’s The Best Team Money Can Buy. Baseball Prospectus 2016 by Sam Miller and Jason Wojciechowski recently arrived. I quickly devoured The Extra 2% (talk about being late on my reading list). I’m totally going to geek it up this season.

As to this upcoming season, I just can’t get excited for what appears to be a half-assed approach to rebuilding (sorry, building), while executing a half-assed approach to contending. Do I think the Padres can contend in 2016? Probably not. The three teams that finished the 2015 campaign ahead of the Padres have all gotten better, or are not much worse than last season, while the Padres have taken a few steps back. The Padres have three fifths of a starting pitching staff, a small upgrade at shortstop and a downgrade in left field. I do like the addition of Alexei Ramirez, but worry he may be no more of an addition than say, Jason Bartlett was in years past. He’ll still be better than Alexi Amarista, so they will improve the position, but most likely not by much. Left field looks like it belongs to Melvin Upton Jr., and that will be a huge offensive drop off from his baby brother Justin Upton. Center field will be manned by Jon Jay and the only redeeming feature of Jay is he probably will platoon with Jabari Blash. Upton will move to center while Blash mans left. One can only hope Blash leads the team in the three true outcomes (BB, K, HR) this season. Nothing like pulling for a Rule 5 guy to make the roster and contribute. This is also what we typically call being a Padres fan.

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