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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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 (65-81) scored fewer runs than the Minnesota Twins (76-69) at Target Field last night, 3-1, in ten innings.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.15) allowed one run in six innings on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Eddie Rosario scored on a wild pitch to Max Kepler in the second inning. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Rosario hit a two-run walkoff home run.

Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.35) shut the Padres out over six innings, giving up three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Austin Hedges hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The Padres start a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies (80-67) at Coors Field tomorrow at 5:40pm PDT. Clayton Richard (7-13, 4.78) gets the start tomorrow against Tyler Chatwood (7-12, 4.70).
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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 (65-80) scored fewer runs than the Minnesota Twins (75-69) in the first of two games at Target Field last night, 16-0.

Travis Wood (3-6, 6.80) gave up nine runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two and a third innings. Brian Dozier led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run. And it just got worse from there. The Twins hit seven home runs, one an inning through the seventh, which tied the Padres’ record for home run allowed in a game. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot in the second inning. Jason Castro hit two, a two-run in the third inning and led off the fifth inning with a solo. Eddie Rosario hit a two-run in the fourth inning. Eduardo Escobar led off the sixth with a solo. Kennys Vargas hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning. Kyle McGrath was the only Padre pitcher to retire the side, in the eighth inning.

Kyle Gibson (10-10, 4.97) shutout the Padres on four hits and no walks in six innings while striking out six. The closest the Padres came to scoring a run came in the seventh inning, when Cory Spangenberg walked and Jabari Blash reached on an error.

Tonight’s series finale pits Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.32) against Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.45) beginning at 5:10pm 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 (65-79) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (83-60) yesterday, 3-2, in their series finale at Chase Field.

Luis Perdomo (7-10, 4.61) gave up three runs — all via solo home runs — on five hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings. J.D. Martinez led off the second inning with a solo home run. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. And Martinez hit a second solo home run in the sixth inning.

Robbie Ray (13-5, 2.81) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with twelve strikeouts in six innings. Jabari Blash scored on a single by Luis Torrens in the second inning. Jose Pirela scored on Yangervis Solarte‘s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

The Padres head to Target Field for two games against the Minnesota Twins (74-69) beginning tomorrow at 5:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (3-5, 6.00) gets the first start against Kyle Gibson (9-10, 5.19).
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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 (65-78) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (82-60), 8-7, after coming back from a five-run deficit in the ninth inning last night at Chase Field.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 4.06) allowed four runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. David Peralta drove in Daniel Descalso and Ketel Marte with a single, Peralta scored on Paul Goldschmidt‘s single, and J.D. Martinez drove in Chris Iannetta with a single in the fifth inning. Descalso led off the sixth inning with a solo home run and Iannetta drove in Marte with a single. Peralta’s single in the eighth inning drove in Descalso.

Zack Godley (7-7, 3.18) gave up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out nine in seven innings. Wil Myers hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Myers hit another two-run home run in the ninth inning, Austin Hedges doubled to drive in Jabari Blash, Erick Aybar drove in Hedges with a single, and Carlos Asuaje‘s single along with a two-base error on Peralta drove in Aybar and Manuel Margot.

Luis Perdomo (7-9, 4.62) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Robbie Ray (12-5, 2.80) with first pitch set for 1:10pm 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 (64-78) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (82-59), 10-6, in the first of three games at Chase Field.

Jordan Lyles (1-2, 6.75) gave up four runs in five innings on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Rey Fuentes hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Ketel Marte scored on Jake Lamb‘s double, J.D. Martinez hit a two-run home run, and Daniel Descalso scored on a double by Brandon Drury in the sixth inning.

Patrick Corbin (13-12, 4.16) allowed eight runs on eleven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four and a third innings.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 3.96) starts tonight’s second game against Zack Godley (7-7, 3.21) beginning at 5:10pm PDT.
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The typical Luis Perdomo outing tends to start off a bit shaky, flatten out and get good in the middle innings, and then nosedive into a free fall collapse before the right hander gets the hook. The numbers generally follow this observation, although there’s always the risk of getting caught up in small sample randomness when you break any pitcher down inning by inning.

If you do look at Perdomo’s splits this season, the fifth inning, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, has actually been his best all-around inning. In 22 innings, he’s got 1.64 ERA with 17 strikeouts, five walks, and no homers allowed. The wheels come off any time Andy Green tries to push him into the sixth, however, as Perdomo has been tattooed for 17 earned runs (on five homers) in just 18 2/3 innings in the frame. The seventh gets even worse, with seven more runs tacked on in just 2 1/3 frames.

That’s the typical Perdomo start. He’ll be rolling through five innings with just a run allowed on a few hits and decent peripherals. The sixth will rear its ugly head and five batters later two runs will be in and Perdomo will be heading for the showers with runners on the corners and one out. If Perdomo had been removed from every start this season after the fifth inning, his ERA would drop a full run, from 4.62 to 3.62.

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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 (63-78) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (72-68), 3-0, in their four-game series finale last night at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (7-13, 4.78) shut the Cardinals out over six innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand each pitched one of the final three innings in relief.

Lance Lynn (10-7, 2.94) gave up one run on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. Manuel Margot scored on Jose Pirela‘s infield single in the first inning. Wil Myers hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

The Padres head to Chase Field for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (82-58). Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.71) gets the start tonight against Patrick Corbin (13-11, 3.83) beginning at 6:40pm 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 (62-78) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (72-67) last night at Petco Park, 3-1.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.32) gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out eight in six-plus innings. Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Tommy Pham scored on Harrison Bader‘s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00) allowed one run in five innings on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

Clayton Richard (6-13, 4.94) starts this evening’s series finale against Lance Lynn (10-6, 2.99) beginning at 6:10pm PDT.
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