Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after watching football on Sunday. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed While You Were Drinking.

Fear not, Padres fans – its almost over.

San Diego (73-83) dropped the rubber game, and so the series, 4-2 to Arizona (75-81), in front of an announced crowd of 27,115, most of whom were hiding in the shade. Can’t blame them. Arizona approached this game as a bullpen game.  Starter Zack Godley worked 3 shutout innings.  Jhoulys Chacin (2-1) was awarded the win despite allowing both Padre runs.  Brad Ziegler worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save.  James Shields (13-7) took the loss.

All of the Diamondbacks offense came courtesy of the long ball.  David Peralta led off the fourth with a 414′ bomb to center.  One inning later Ender Inciarte hit a ball onto the #WhiskeyDeck for a 2-0 lead. After the Padres tied it up, Inciarte hit a 2-run shot in the seventh to put Arizona up for good.  The game marked the first ever multi-HR game for Inciarte.

San Diego had three looks at the game offensively.  The Padres got back-to-back singles with one out in the second from Brett Wallace (starting at 1B) an Jedd GyorkoDerek Norris then hit a ball in the LC gap that had no business being caught, yet Peralta ran it down.  I still have trouble believing he pulled that off – and I saw it live.  Statcast measured the distance from where Peralta started to where he caught the ball at 102 feet. After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90′, Godley intentionally walked Alexi Amarista to get to Shields, who struck out.

In the home fifth, Shields hit the double that he probably wished he had the previous at-bat.  Travis Jankowski followed that with a triple that nutmegged (soccer term) AJ Pollock as it bounced off the wall in center.  Cory Spangenberg ripped a line-drive single over a drawn-in infield to tie the game, which, ominously, would be the last base hit the Padres got.  Finally in the seventh, Andrew Chafin walked the first two hitters, and Jankowski bunted them into scoring position. But Spangenberg struck out swinging, and Matt Kemp grounded out weakly to third, ending the threat.  No other Padre reached base.

This game saw its share of good defense.  Besides the Peralta catch, Jankowski got a tremendous read on Yasmany Tomas‘ line drive leading off the second, robbing Tomas of a sure hit with a diving catch. Shields picked Inciarte off first in the third.  Kemp made another fine catch on Tomas’ line drive to end the seventh.

After the Monday off-day, San Diego will close out the home schedule with 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Tyson Ross (10-11) will face Jorge Lopez, who is making his MLB debut.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Or perhaps you get distracted thanks to four pitching changes in the span of six hitters – twice.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (72-81) took the rubber game and the 3-game series from San Francisco (79-73), 5-4, on a walk-off single by Alexi AmaristaCraig Kimbrel (4-2) was awarded the win for a scoreless inning of relief.  Mike Broadway (0-2) took the loss after allowing a leadoff double to Derek Norris in the ninth.  An announced crowd of 31,137 watched the proceedings, and a surprisingly good chunk of them stayed the whole Three Hours and Thirty-Three minutes it took to play.

Ian Kennedy started for San Diego and managed to escape damage in the first only because Angel Pagan forgot how to round third.  His squared-off turn would have made a Drill Instructor happy, but it enabled Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers to complete the relay to Norris, nabbing Pagan at the plate.  The Giants jumped to an early lead anyway on Brandon Crawford‘s home run to lead off the second.  Madison Bumgarner, who had throttled the Padres the last time he faced them, walked Justin Upton to start the second, allowed Jedd Gyorko to single, and then surrendered a 3-run HR to Norris that juuust cleared the wall in RC.  3-1 San Diego.

San Francisco got on back on Alejandro De Aza‘s RBI single in the second, and tied the game in the fifth on Marlon Byrd‘s RBI single.  The Giants forged ahead thanks to a wild pitch (that moved runners to second and third), and a balk that allowed Brandon Crawford to score.  Pat Murphy came out to argue to no avail.

It stayed that way until Bumgarner left the game after seven.  Former lights-out closer Sergio Romo hung a pitch to Matt Kemp, who lined it into the LF corner for a double.  When the left-field foul pole turned into a pinball flipper, knocking the ball away from De Aza, Cory Spangenberg scored easily from first.  In the ninth, Norris’ double was followed by Melvin Upton’s perfect sacrifice bunt; an intentional walk to Brett Wallace; and the RBI single from Amarista against a drawn in infield and outfield.

And so we bid farewell to the legions of invading orange-clad fans for another year.

Tomorrow NL West foe Colorado Houston Cincinnati Atlanta Los Angeles Arizona makes its final appearance at Petco for 2015.  Casey Kelly will face Rubby De La Rosa at 7:10.

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

San Diego (65-72) put the finishing touches on a dismal series, losing 5-1 to Los Angeles (78-58) and dropping 3 of the four games.  Realistically they needed to sweep the Dodgers to have any hope for the playoffs over the next 3 weeks.  Instead they find themselves tied for fourth in the NL West, 13.5 games off the pace.  Brett Anderson (9-8) worked 5 2/3 for the win.  Andrew Cashner (5-14) took the loss.  Much like Friday night, the Padres were done in by one disastrous inning; this time, it was the seventh.

The Dodgers struck first, without benefit of a hit.  Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Andre Ethier drove in the first run with a sac fly to left.  Jedd Gyorko‘s 401’ blast to left-center in the third tied the game at one, and it stayed that way until the sixth.  Justin Turner doubled with one out, didn’t move to third on Ethier’s weak single, went to third anyway on Corey Seager‘s deep fly to center, and scored on AJ Ellis‘ sinking line drive single to left that Justin Upton juuuust missed snaring.

The Padres threatened in the bottom half.  Derek Norris walked, and Wil Myers singled with two out.  JP Howell relieved Anderson, and Melvin Upton JR was summoned to pinch-hit for Cory Spangenberg.  Upton’s hard ground ball caromed off Seager, but right to Jimmy Rollins, who threw him out to end the threat.

Then came the seventh.  With two out and Rollins on first, consecutive singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Turner loaded the bases.  Nick Vincent came on to relieve Marcos Mateo.  He enticed Ethier to ground weakly up the first base line, picked it up …

… then shot-putted it down the right-field line.  All 3 runs scored.  And that was pretty much that.

Monday the Padres host Colorado.  Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88) will face Kyle Kendrick (4-12, 6.29).

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Things are often fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Or Beerfest.  Or after watching High School football in San Diego County.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

Powered by 4 home runs – three in a disastrous sixth inning – San Diego (65-70) lost to Los Angeles (76-58), 8-4, in front of a smaller than expected crowd of 33,025.  The loss added another nail to San Diego’s playoff coffin, although Baseball Prospectus already puts their playoff odds at 0%Mike Bolsinger (6-3) survived five innings for the win.  Marcos Mateo (1-1) was the tough-luck loser.

This game was memorable for tying the Petco Park record for most home runs in a game, with eight (last time it happened – 4 Sept 2013, against San Francisco).  In fact, in a statistical anomaly, San Diego managed only 4 hits – but 3 left the ballpark.  Starter James Shields started the barrage when he grooved a 1-1 pitch to Carl Crawford.  Carl said ‘thankyouverymuch’ by depositing it 454′ away (by StatCast) in the right-center field seats.  Not to be out-done, following a leadoff walk to Yangervis Solarte and a called strike 2 which was questionable, Matt Kemp drove a ball 418′ to dead center, and the Padres led a 2-1 after one.

But last night was all about giving, mostly by the Padres pitching staff.  Shields left another pitch over the heart of the plate (albeit low) and gave up Scott Schebler‘s first career HR, a towering 443’ drive to right-center, tying the game at 2 in the second inning.  In the third, recently-promoted-to-SS Jedd Gyorko drove a Bolsinger pitch to deep left-center, where it appeared to hit off the top of the wall for a double.  Replay conclusively proved it had cleared the wall and been knocked back into the field of play by a fan; the umpires took a look and agreed.  Home Run Gyorko. 3-2 Padres.

San Diego would have only one other batter reach base until the eighth.

Meanwhile the Dodgers tied the game in the fifth.  A double by Jimmy Rollins, followed by 2 walks, loaded the bases with one out (Shields would walk 6 in his five innings).  Rookie Corey Seager then hit a slow roller to first.  Will Myers – making his first appareance since June 4 – tried to turn two and went to second.  But the ball was hit too slowly and only the one out recorded, allowing Rollins to score and tie the game.

Don Mattingly came out to argue Gyorko was nowhere near second base (he wasn’t) and that Chase Utley should be safe.  That call is not reviewable when the runner is bearing down on the bag; unlike, apparently, Thursday’s game when a Padre runner was called safe because Utley didn’t have his foot on second base.  Pat Murphy then came out to argue Utley’s attempted take-out slide at second was nowhere near the bag (IT WASN’T), and that Seager should be called out on interference.  That call is not reviewable either (yeah I got nuthin’).  At any rate we left the fifth tied at 3.

Then the wheels came off.  Shields left, having thrown 107 pitches to get through five.  Mateo came in, blew down Schebler and walked the Shell of Joc Pederson.  Donny Baseball sent Andre Ethier to the plate to hit for Bolsinger.  Murphy countered with Marc Rzepczynski.  Mattingly pulled Ethier in favor of Justin Ruggiano, who hit a 1-0 pitch into the vacant space beyond the center field wall. 5-3.  After Rollins singled and Crawford struck out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a 0-2 pitch 390′ to left-center for another HR.  Murphy threw his Scrabble tiles into the dugout and summoned Jon Edwards.  Utley greeted Edwards with a home run to right, closing out the scoring for LA.

The Padres showed a little life when super pinch-hitter Brett Wallace homered to center, and Solarte followed that with a single.  But Chris Hatcher enticed Gyorko to ground into a 6-4-3 DP and the Padres never threatened again.

Besides the 8 HR, San Diego pitchers never retired the Dodgers in order.  Maybe that will change tonight when Tyson Ross (10-9, 3.27) faces Alex Wood (9-9, 3.67).

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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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Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy on your day of rest.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Philadelphia Phillies (45-67) completed the sweep of San Diego (52-60), 5-3, before 24,156 fans on a lovely Sunday afternoon.  Jerome Williams – who entered the game with an overall ERA over 6 and a road ERA over 8 – allowed one run on five hits over 7 innings.  Like yesterday’s game, the Padres trailed 1-0 after four hitters.  Andrew Cashner pitched reasonably well, allowing 8 hits and striking out four over his 6 and 2/3 innings, but was victimized by a lack of offense and a leaky bullpen.

Highlights of the game included Justin Upton‘s 421’ bomb in the sixth to get San Diego on the board; Alexi Amarista‘s ‘Husband and Wife’ (volleyball term) double in the eighth; Cody Asche robbing Derek Norris of a HR in the seventh; and an excellent snare of a line drive by the LF ball girl.

The Padres have now lost six in a row, and probably seen any hope of making the playoffs extinguished.

Monday the Cincinnati Reds come to town for three games.  Ian Kennedy (6-10, 4.49) will face David Holmberg (1-0, 3.27) in the opener.

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Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed While You Were Drinking.

The San Diego Padres feted Benito Santiago and Garry Templeton before Saturday’s game, inducting both into the Padres Hall of Fame.  They each spoke from the heart, thanking the organization, their families, and the fans for their support while they played here.

The ceremony meant the game started 20 min late.  Whether or not the delay caused Tyson Ross (8-9) to lose the feel of his slider at first pitch only he knows, but he came out flat in the first inning.  It seems to me Ross usually struggles with slider command the first inning or two, but what do I know.  Tyson allowed two early runs and the Padres (52-59) never recovered, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies (44-67) in front of an announced sellout crowd of 44,567.

Funny thing – Ted Leitner talked about catcher Santiago throwing runners out from his knees during his playing career, and described one such instance against former St Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman.  Those of you too young to have seen Coleman play before he got run over by a tarp caught a glimpse of how fast he was watching Odubel Herrera circle the bases.  After singling to drive in Chase Utley with the Phillies first run, Herrera stole second.  Then he took third while Clint Barmes‘ throw was on the way to first to retire Maikel Franco.  Finally Herrera scored on a wild pitch from Ross.  In the third he singled and stole second again.  Derek Norris finally cut him down when he tried to steal with two out in the eighth.

Philly starter Adam Morgan (3-3) retired the first 9 Padres he faced, but ran into trouble in the fourth.  Consecutive singles by Yangervis Solarte and Norris put runners at the corners with no one out. Matt Kemp singled in Solarte; when Herrera bobbled the ball in center, Norris tried for third.  He was out by 10 feet.  That cost the Padres a run, for Justin Upton followed with a walk and Jedd Gyorko flied out to the wall in CF.

It remained 3-1 until the sixth.  Upton singled and took second when Cody Asche bobbled the ball.  Gyorko singled off Chase Utley’s glove, driving in Upton.  The Padres threatened again in the seventh; Barmes singled, and Melvin Upton Jr. followed with a bunt single.  He was trying to sacrifice, but the throw hit him in the butt.  He may have been out of the baseline; that play is not reviewable (!).  Ross, left in to bunt because the Padres had only a 4-man bench (per Pat Murphy post-game comments), popped the bunt up to third.  Solarte flied out and Norris grounded out to kill the rally.

Philadelphia pushed an insurance run across in the eighth thanks to consecutive extra base hits from Utley (double) and Cesar Hernandez (triple).

Sunday Jerome Williams (3-8, 6.09) faces Andrew Cashner (4-11, 4.08) as the Padres look to break their 5-game losing streak and avoid being swept.

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

The Padres (52-58) lost to the Phillies (43-67) last night, 4-3 in 12 innings, in front of 31,344 fans, as San Diego kicked off a 6-game home stand by losing their fourth in a row.  James Shields threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out 8, but could not hold the 3-0 lead his teammates gave him via an RBI single by Derek Norris and a 2-run triple by Justin Upton.  Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola went 6 innings, allowing only the 3 runs while striking out six, and was rescued from a loss thanks to solo home runs by Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, and Cody Asche.

The game stayed 3-3 until the 12th inning.  Then Kevin Quackenbush grooved a 3-2 fastball to Cameron Rupp, who deposited it 410′ away over the CF wall. The Padres threatened in the bottom half.  Singles from Matt Kemp and Yonder Alonso sandwiched the second out, to put two on. But Ken Giles struck out Jedd Gyorko to earn his fourth save.  Hector Neris was awarded the win after an inning of shutout relief.

Tonight Adam Morgan (2-3, 4.46) will face Tyson Ross (8-8, 3.37).  Garry Templeton and Benito Santiago will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame as well.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking, then watching Summer Sky Blast from outside your pub.

People often talk about a game having a playoff feel.  If you were one of the 43,525 at last night’s San Diego/Los Angeles game, you’ve now experienced a regular season game with a playoff feel. Tense, well pitched, and an entertaining 2 hr 30 min event.  Thanks to Justin Upton‘s first HR since 24 May, the Padres (32-32) nipped the Dodgers (36-26) 2-1.

San Diego scratched out a run in the first.  Will Venable hustled himself into a one-out ground ball double to right-center.  Upton grounded to second base, moving Will to third.  Matt Kemp – who still doesn’t look comfortable at the plate, and didn’t get a ball out of the infield all night – hit a little nubber that Zack Greinke fielded, then handcuffed Adrian Gonzalez with his throw.  Venable scored, Kemp got an RBI and a free base, and the Padres led.

Ian Kennedy made it stand up until the third, when he grooved a 3-1 fastball to Yasmani Grandal that was promptly deposited in the RF seats.  Grandal’s solo shot tied the game at one.  It stayed that way until Upton’s heroics in the eighth.  Hilariously, Dodger Manager Don Mattingly asked for a review of Upton’s 409′ blast, claiming a fan interfered with the ball before it cleared the wall.  Nay, Nay, Moosebreath.  The umps took 42 seconds to deny the request.

A couple of other plays of note.  Kennedy bounced a pitch to Derek ‘NorrisaurusRex’ Norris (when you’re doing it all the Rex gets capitalized) with Justin Turner at first.  Turner broke on the ball in the dirt.  Unfortunately for him, Norris picked it clean and threw him out by 4 feet.  No caught stealing on the play because he hadn’t broken for second when Kennedy started his motion.  In the fifth, Cory Spangenberg managed to get hit by Alexi Amarista‘s slow roller to second.  I think Spangenberg was trying to get in Howie Kendrick‘s way so he couldn’t make the play.  Oops.  Spangy was called out on runner interference.  Interestingly, by rule Amarista gets credited for a single.  I did not know this rule.

Greinke recorded all 3 assists in the eighth. In the top of fifth, the first 3 balls hit all went Upton’s way (two fly balls sandwiched around a single).  Maybe only I find that kind of silly stuff interesting.

Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth and staged an epic battle with Yasiel Puig.  Puig fouled off several pitches, including a wicked 88 MPH curveball he just barely reached.  The longer that AB went, the more you felt like Puig would win; and sure enough, on the 8th pitch, he bounced a ground ball up the middle for a base hit.  Up came everyone’s favorite villian, Adrian.  Dodger fans rose to their feet in anticipation …. and got a 1-6-3 DP instead.  Kimbrel blew down Kendrick to preserve the win.

The two teams square off in the rubber game today at 1:10.  James Shields (7-0, 3.79) will face Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.08).

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

San Diego (25-28) lost by a touchdown got shut out by Jacob deGrom and New York Mets (29-23), 7-0, in front of 21,893 mostly Noo Yawk fans at Petco Park.  deGrom’s fastball and another anemic performance by the Padre offense saddled Andrew Cashner with his 8th loss of the year.  The Padres defense also allowed yet another unearned run in the first, meaning Cashner has given up 13 unearned runs this year – most in the majors.

Any no-hitter or shut out drama for the Padres ended after seven pitches.  Daniel Murphy‘s RBI single staked the Mets to the quick 1-0 lead.  They would add that unearned run as well.  After that, Cashner pitched fairly well, setting a career high for strikeouts with 12 in his 4 2/3.  Problem was, he had horrible batted ball luck, and could not get Ruben Tejada or Murphy out.  Combined, the two infielders went 6 for 6, scored 3 runs, and drove in 3 on four singles, a double, and a home run.

Ultimately manager Bud Black left Cashner in too long, trying in vain to get him through 5.  After Murphy’s HR, Michael Cuddyer hit the next pitch off the wall in LF for a double.  Cash struck out Wilmer Flores looking – which would have been a good point to pull him; Shawn Kelley seemed warm, and Andrew had thrown 94 pitches – but Black stayed with the big Texan, who gave up consecutive singles scoring 2 additional runs, blowing the game open.

In the end it didn’t matter.  deGrom held the Padres hitless until Clint Barmes led off the sixth with a single.  Jacob worked the outside corner to everybody, and that corner seemed to get bigger as the game went on, as did the Padres frustation. Eventually Matt Kemp got ejected for arguing a ball/strike call; Bud Black followed him to the clubhouse shortly after.  That said, it didn’t appear Kemp showed home plate umpire Dan Iassonga up before he was tossed.  There was a time in baseball when a hitter (or catcher) could object to a pitch call quietly, so long as it wasn’t obvious to the rest of the ball park.  Guess that unwritten rule has been lost to history too.

Today the Shell of Ian Kennedy will face Met wunderkind Noah Syndergaard.

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