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

The Padres (69-85) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (83-71) last night at Petco Park, 4-1.

Jordan Lyles (1-4, 7.23) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in six innings with seven strikeouts. Lyles retired the first twelve Rockies in the game before Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning and Ian Desmond hit a solo home run two outs later. Trevor Story led off the seventh inning with a solo home run and Desmond came into score on a single by Jonathan Lucroy.

Jon Gray (9-4, 3.62) gave up one run in six innings on five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Lyles’ single in the fifth inning drove in Travis Jankowski for the Padres’ only run.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 4.12) starts tonight’s game against Chad Bettis (1-3, 6.23) beginning at 5:40pm PDT.
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Light mailbag today, so a few thoughts on the news of the week first.

The Padres signed Clayton Richard to a two-year, $6 million contract extension on Wednesday. Richard’s an odd breed of pitcher; he’s essentially a replacement level innings eater, at least if you use Baseball Prospectus’ pitching metrics. By BP, Richard’s at -1.1 WARP for his career, and -0.5 this season. While he isn’t good, he’s adequate enough to chew up innings and not embarrass anyone, and he’s got an outside chance of reaching 200 innings this season for the third time in his career.

My guess is he starts 2018 in the starting rotation, but shifts to the bullpen (or pasture) whenever the young arms are ready to take over. At just $3 million a year, there’s really not a whole lot that could go wrong here. The only downside could arise if the Padres are committed to keeping Richard in the rotation, thereby stealing opportunities from younger and more exciting arms. They’ve already indicated they won’t do that, however, so ultimately this is just a mild overpay for a little continuity.

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

The Padres (69-84) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (82-71), 3-0, last night in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (8-14, 4.63) shut the Rockies out over seven and a third innings on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. Kirby Yates finished the eighth inning and Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth inning for his twentieth save.

Tyler Anderson (5-6, 5.24) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run — his second in as many days — in the fifth inning. Manuel Margot scored on a Hunter Renfroe sacrifice fly and Villanueva’s single drove in Wil Myers in the sixth inning.

Jordan Lyles (1-3, 7.35) starts tonight’s game against Jon Gray (8-4, 3.75) with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-84) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (88-65), 13-7, last night in the finale of their three-game series at Petco Park.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.15) allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in five and a third innings with four strikeouts. David Peralta hit a solo home run to lead off the first inning. Jake Lamb hit a solo home run in the second inning. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. A.J. Pollock hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning.

Robbie Ray (14-5, 2.74) gave up five runs in four and a third innings on five hits and five walks while striking out six. Rocky Gale hit his first Major League home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs: a two-run in the third inning and solo shots in the fifth inning and the ninth inning. Christian Villanueva hit his first Major League home run in the fifth inning.

There were a total of nine home runs hit in this game, a new Petco Park single game record.

The Colorado Rockies come to Petco Park for four games to finish out the Padres home schedule for 2017 beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Clayton Richard (7-14, 4.82) gets the start tonight against Tyler Anderson (5-5, 5.28).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-83) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (87-65) last night at Petco Park, 6-2.

Travis Wood (4-6, 6.55) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings with three strikeouts. A.J. Pollock hit two solo home runs, one the lead off the game in the first inning and the second in the sixth inning.

Zack Godley (8-8, 3.20) gave up five runs over five innings on eight hits and three walks while striking out six. Manuel Margot scored on Wil Myers‘ single and Yangervis Solarte drove in Carlos Asuaje with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Myers scored on a Solarte single and Solarte later scored with Cory Spangenberg on Wood’s third inning single. Asuaje singled in Margot in the sixth inning.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.15) starts tonight’s series finale against Robbie Ray (14-5, 2.74) beginning at 6:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (67-83) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (87-64), 4-2, in the first of three games at Petco Park last night.

Luis Perdomo (8-10, 4.57) gave up two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out two in five and a third innings. Chris Herrmann scored on David Peralta‘s single and a single by J.D. Martinez drove in Ketel Marte in the third inning.

Patrick Corbin (14-13, 4.14) allowed four runs in five innings on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run home run in the first inning. Austin Hedges hit a solo home run in the second inning.

Travis Wood (3-6, 6.80) takes the mound tonight against Zack Godley (8-7, 3.00) with first pitch set for 7:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-83) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (82-68) yesterday, 4-3, in their series finale at Coors Field. The game was delayed for an hour and twenty-three minutes because of rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 4.12) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over four and a third innings. Carlos Gonzalez scored on single by Gerardo Parra, Parra advanced to second base on an error, and Trevor Story‘s double drove in Nolan Arenado and Parra in the fourth inning but Story was thrown out at third base by Matt Szczur.

Jon Gray (8-4, 3.75) shut the Padres out over five innings, giving up two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Carlos Asuaje and Solarte scored on a Hector Sanchez single in the eighth inning. Austin Hedges hit a squeeze bunt and Szczur came home and scored the go-ahead run on an error by Greg Holland in the ninth inning.

The Padres come home to Petco Park for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (87-63) starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (7-10, 4.61) starts tonight against Patrick Corbin (14-12, 4.06).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (65-83) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (82-67) last night at Coors Field, 16-0.

Jordan Lyles (1-3, 7.35) allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout in four innings.

I’m not even going to bother. Click on the box score below if you want the details.

Tyler Anderson (5-5, 5.28) shutout the Padres over six innings, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 4.06) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Jon Gray (8-4, 3.95) beginning at 12:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (65-82) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (81-67), 6-1, in the first game of three last night at Coors Field.

Clayton Richard (7-14, 4.82) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Chatwood hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Carlos Gonzalez & Mark Reynolds and Chatwood & Jonathan Lucroy scored on a DJ LeMahieu single in the second inning. Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth and Trevor Story tripled & came into score on a sacrifice fly by Ian Desmond.

Chatwood (8-12, 4.57) gave up one run over five and two-thirds innings on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.

In tonight’s second game, Jordan Lyles (1-2, 6.75) gets the start versus Tyler Anderson (4-5, 5.75) with first pitch set for 5:10pm PDT.
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In the spirit of not picking anything in the “B” range, I’m going with an A-.

I know, I know, maybe that’s aggressive, but I’ve been inching closer and closer to the front of the A.J. Preller bandwagon since the pains of 2015 have worn away. There are dings, of course—Yasmani Grandal-for-Matt Kemp was always terrible, the Wil MyersTrea Turner trade didn’t look good then or now, and last year’s medical records snafu wasn’t a good look.

The positive marks are overflowing, however, and you can spot most of them somewhere at a Padres minor-league affiliate. MacKenzie Gore, for instance, looks like a steal, even though he was the third pick in this year’s draft. Fernando Tatis Jr. looks like a legit candidate for baseball’s best prospect come next season, perhaps flanked by the aforementioned Gore. And there are intriguing players littered throughout the system, many of whom were acquired to little or no fanfare, like Michel Baez, Hansel Rodriguez, Pedro Avila, and on and on.

Sometimes it seems really easy to build a good farm system—after all, a team like the Chicago White Sox built a super system in the blink of an eye. But the Padres haven’t had many Chris Sales or Jose Quintanas sitting around to deal, so it’s something of an accomplishment that they went from a middling system to a top one in a year or two. Players like Tatis and Esteury Ruiz were plucked in lopsided trades; Gore was a savvy (if obvious) draft pick; Baez, a 6-foot-8 flamethrower, was somehow snagged for a cool $3 million last winter.

In short, Preller & Co. have been great at finding good young talent. That alone is an exciting development, and we haven’t even touched on the solid work they’ve done scraping the bargain bin for big-league contributors (Drew Pomeranz, Trevor Cahill, Brad Hand, Jose Pirela, etc). They still have to prove they can put a winner together, but we’ll find out about that soon enough. I’m a big fan.

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