Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening running around town trying to find a way to cool off. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were staring at empty shelves in the fan section.

The Padres (70-81) were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies (70-82) by a score of 5-2 last night at Petco Park. Yangervis Solarte, Tommy Medica, and Cameron Maybin each had two hits on the evening, but it wasn’t enough. San Diego Native™ and big childhood Padres Dodgers Padres fan Cole Hamels won behind 7 innings of 1-run ball. Eric Stults lost, as he’s wont to do.

The Padres struck first, Maybin singling to drive in Medica in the bottom of the 4th. It was short-lived, however, as the Phillies scored 4 of their own the next half inning. They would sustain that lead the rest of the way. The loss officially eliminated the Padres from postseason contention for the 8th consecutive season.

If you’re so inclined, you can watch these two go at it one more time, tonight at 6:10 P.M. Venue: Petco Park. Pitchers: Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.89 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (9-12, 4.72 ERA). Atmosphere: Bedlam.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-72) were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-81) by a score of 6-1. Andrew Cashner, the losing pitcher, gave up 5 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings. He struck out 5 while walking 2. A controversial play in the 5th inning helped lead to a three-run inning, with Buddy Black challenging a call on a play at home. Cory Spangenberg threw home to Rene Rivera, who appeared to possibly tag Alfredo Marte. The play was ruled safe, and was upheld on the challenge.

Josh Collmenter was the winning pitcher for Arizona, who also went 7 while allowing 5 hits. He struck out 3, walked 2, and gave up fewer runs than Cashner (1). Which is, you know, why he’s the winner. It’s the kind of tough luck that calls for a montage.

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Leonel Campos and R.J. Alvarez made their Major League debuts out of the Padres bullpen last night.

The series concludes at Petco Park this evening at 6:10 P.M. Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.65 ERA) toes the rubber for the Friars, while Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.85 ERA) scales the hill in the middle of the grass field in a stadium located in downtown San Diego for the Diamondbacks. Did I do that right? Regardless of outcome, my prediction for tonight’s game?

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an EVENING LISTENING TO THAT PA SYSTEM AT DODGER STADIUM. WHAT? SHOUTING!? YAHOOOO-OOOOOOOH YEAH BABY SORRY ABOUT THAT!  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (58-65) lost 8-6 to the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-56) to open up a three game series at Chavez Ravine. The fortunes of the Padres were reversed from how most of the season, with the pitching struggling and the offense picking up the slack. The top of the first gave us a promising start, with Abraham Almonte doubling with one out, Seth Smith following up with a walk, and Jedd Gyorko driving both gentlemen and himself in with his 9th home run of the season. Not a good night for fans of pitching, as each starter went five innings surrendering 8/7 hits and 4/5 earned runs (Correia/Kennedy). While neither pitcher was on their game, Kennedy wasn’t helped by Padres defense. Jake Goebbert looked every bit a guy playing his 38th career game at 1B, needlessly cutting off a throw that could have nailed Matt Kemp at the plate, throwing another ball away. Another error was charged to Yangervis Solarte, and there was some further suspect defense by the likes of Seth Smith.

Approximation of Padres defense

Approximation of Padres defense

The series continues today at 7:10 P.M. with San Diego’s Eric Stults (5-13, 4.64 ERA) facing off against LA’s Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 2.25 ERA).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend a morning at the pub and ask yourself what went wrong with your life that put you in a bar at 10 A.M.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (52-61) defeated the Minnesota Twins (51-61) by a score of 5-4, earning a split in the Mike Pomeranz Derby (okay, I’ll stop it). The Padres were led on offense by Yonder Alonso (3-4) and Tommy Medica (2-5, 1 RBI), but the biggest day was had by Seth Smith (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI). His home run in the 10th inning was the difference in the ballgame. Trevor Plouffe had a big day for Minnesota, going 2-4 with a home run and driving in 3 of Minnesota’s 4 runs.

Odrisamer Despaigne had another shaky outing, looking great at times and completely hittable at others. He gave up 4 runs through 5.2 IP. Everth Cabrera drove in the tying run via sac fly in the top of the 9th, plating Alonso. Alexi Amarista made one of the best Padres defensive plays of the year, regardless of how suspicious the route was. Video will be found below.

Today, the Padres are off. They move on to Pittsburgh to begin a three-game series at PNC Park tomorrow night at 4:05 P.M. Ian Kennedy starts for San Diego, facing Vance Worley.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an evening at the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The San Diego Padres (50-60) defeated the Atlanta Braves (58-53) 3-2 last night in 12 innings of baseball fun. Starting pitchers Ian Kennedy and Ervin Santana both pitched well enough, but neither factored in tonight’s decision. Kennedy threw 5 innings, giving up 1 run (earned) on 7 strikeouts while walking 5. Santana gave up 2 earned runs while striking out 6 and walking 4.

Tommy Medica continued to swing a hot bat, going 2 for 4 with a double. Yangervis Solarte also continued to come up big for the Padres, driving in Rene Rivera to tie the game at 1 in the 7th. Continuing the theme of hot bats, Mr. August himself, Will Venable, came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th, lining a ball over the head of Jason Heyward in right field to plate the winning run.

Tim Stauffer pitched out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the 12th (with some help on defense by Solarte and Chris Nelson) to earn the win. Craig Kimbrel was the losing pitcher.

The Shirtless Ed Whitson Derby concludes for 2014 this afternoon at Petco Park, 1:10 P.M. Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.43 ERA) goes for Atlanta, while Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.60 ERA)  is on the bump for the home nine.

One final note: Long time Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren passed away yesterday at the age of 69. If you grew up during the heyday of Superstation TBS and watched all of the baseball you could, you caught Van Wieren along with Skip Caray during Braves broadcasts. They were the voice of several generations of Braves baseball, and us Padres fan can relate to what that kind of loss feels like. Our condolences go out to his family, the Atlanta Braves, and to all of the Braves fans who grew up listening to Pete. Cancer can get bent.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending 100 games watching awful baseball and your starting centerfielder getting suspended for 25 games.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (44-56) defeated the Chicago Cubs (41-58) by a score of 8-3 in the second game of a three game series at Wrigley Field. Ian Kennedy (8-9) was the winner for the Padres, Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1) was the loser for Chicago. Newcomers Jeff Francoeur and Yangervis Solarte each contributed immediately to the cause, driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 between them. Kevin Quackenbush, Alex Torres, and Ramona’s Nick Vincent combined for 2 innings pitched and were each rewarded with a “hold”, which is something.

The series wraps up today at 5:05 PM, with Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70 ERA) going for San Diego vs. Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61 ERA).

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Your San Diego Padres (38-47) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (43-41) by a score of 3-0, completing a series sweep. Tyson Ross was your winner, pitching the first complete game shutout of his career (3 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks). Johnny Cueto was a hard-luck loser, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 8. His ERA balloons to a 1.99 after the outing.

The Padres scored their three runs in the first inning, on a single by Rene Rivera that Billy Hamilton had a little bit of trouble with. It was the first three-run single hit in Major League Baseball in six years.

The Padres are off today, but resume playing baseball professionally at 3:40 P.M. on Friday. The Giants are in town, and in game 1 Eric Stults (2-11, 5.36) faces Matt Cain (1-6, 4.38)

Recaps

Padres sweep Reds behind Ross’ shutout – Will Laws (MLB.com)

Ross blanks Reds as Padres roll to sweep – Jeff Sanders (UT San Diego)

Brooks Baseball strike zone map

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Fangraphs game graphs

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy through the tears.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were reflecting on the life of Mr. Padre.

The Padres (30-42) took the first game of the home leg of the home-and-home, defeating Seattle (37-35) by a score of 2-1. The story of the night was Tony Gwynn, as the Padres and fans alike paid tribute in this first home game since he died on Monday. The first hit of the game was through the 5.5 hole, the last out was made in RF, and Huston Street recorded save number 19, on the kind of night where you’re more than happy to accept meaning in those types of coincidence.

Andrew Cashner threw 7 solid innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits (2K, 2BB). Felix Hernandez was dominant, however, throwing 7 innings of 3-hit ball, striking out 10 and walking none. Neither pitcher factored in the decision. Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eight, and was credited with the win. Charlie Furbush took the loss, giving up the winning run on an RBI single by Tommy Medica.

The Padres and Mariners wrap up this year’s edition of the Vedder Cup today at 3:40 P.M. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.72) gets the start for San Diego, while Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 5.27) goes for Seattle. The Vedder Cup Elders long ago (two years ago) decreed that Ryder Cup rules apply, so the Padres retain with a win today. This is important. This is our World Series. Eat it up.

The Padres announced a public memorial service for Tony Gwynn next Thursday, June 26, at 7:19 P.M. (or 19:19, military time) at Petco Park. Details are here. Go.

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

The Padres (28-37) were unsuccessful in their second consecutive attempt to fell the Philadelphia Phillies (27-36), defeated by a score of 3-0. Tyson Ross started for the Padres, throwing seven strong innings (0 runs, 4 hits, 1 BB, 7 K). Cole Hamels was just as good for the Phillies (8 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K). Joaquin Benoit pitched a solid 8th inning, while Nick Vincent‘s struggles continued in the 9th inning. After striking out Marlon Byrd, Vincent walked Domonic Brown, hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch, and gave up a walk-off home run to Reid Brignac.

The Padres finish up their series in Philadelphia today at 10:05 A.M. Eric Stults (2-7, 5.68) starts for San Diego, Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 4.30) goes for the Phillies. The World Cup starts at 1 P.M.

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