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 (4-5) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (6-3) by a score of 3-2 last night at Coors Field.

Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.91) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and no walks with five strikeouts. All three Rockies’ runs came from solo home runs. Carlos Gonzalez hit one in the fourth inning, Charlie Blackmon hit one in the sixth inning, and Nolan Arenado hit one to lead off the seventh inning.

Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 1.50) gave up both Padres’ runs on five hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out five. Manuel Margot led off the game with a solo home run and scored the second run in sixth inning on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly.

Luis Perdomo (0-0, 8.44) was put on the disabled list last night, so the Padres’ starter is to be determined against the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland (1-0, 1.50), starting 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 (4-4) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (5-3) at Coors Field, 5-3, as Wil Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres history.

Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86) threw 70 pitches in four innings as he started the game in place of Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday evening. Cosart gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two and not allowing a run. DJ LeMahieu hit a solo home run off of Jose Torres in the sixth inning. And Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run with Gerardo Parra on base off of Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning.

Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 6.35) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five and a third innings. Myers hit a single in first inning, an RBI double to drive in Manuel Margot in the second inning, a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, and tripled to complete the cycle in the eighth inning, scoring on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run in the sixth with Ryan Schimpf on base.

Tonight, Jered Weaver (0-1, 7.20) gets the start against Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 0.00) at Coors Field starting at 5:40pm PDT.

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This space will mostly be used to discuss the previous day’s game, in some form or fashion, yes. Sometimes, however, we’ll diverge and talk about something else. (That silly Joel Sherman NY Post article was a strong contender, for example.) Today it’s Fernando Tatis Jr., a favorite prospect of this particular writer.

As I received the twitter notification from Phillip (@advancedstats23), the internet’s foremost collector of Tatis Jr. footage, I knew what I was in for.

The camera operator didn’t, apparently.

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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 (3-4) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (2-5), 5-3, yesterday afternoon at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (1-1, 2.57) gave up all five runs in six innings on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Chris Marrero singled in the second inning, scoring Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, and was awarded two bases on a throwing error by Hunter Renfroe that Wil Myers kicked into the Padres’ dugout. In the third inning, Hunter Pence‘s two-run home run scored Crawford and then Posey followed with a solo shot.

Johnny Cueto (2-0, 4.5) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Myers hit his second home run of 2017 in the sixth inning with Travis Jankowski on base. Yangervis Solarte‘s solo home run in the eighth inning was the Padres’ third and final run scored on Sunday.

The Padres travel to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies (5-2) tonight at 5:40pm PDT. Jarred Cosart (0-0, 27.00) takes on Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 6.00) tonight at Coors Field.

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In the first inning of Saturday night’s game, Madison Bumgarner started Manuel Margot with two inside fastballs, both of them good pitcher’s pitches, just off the plate. In a perfect world, for Bumgarner, they either clip the inside corner or induce weak contact. Margot, like a sage veteran, held off on both of them. Here’s their location, via Brooks Baseball:

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That’s a Joey Votto-like eye. Okay, we won’t get carried away. But there wasn’t a whole lot Margot could have done with either pitch, so it was smart to lay off, to at least wait for something more juicy. Now, up 2-0, he gets his pitch. It’s another four-seam fastball—the third straight one he’d encountered—out over the plate and about belt high. It’s not the meatiest 2-0 meatball, but given the situation, ahead in the count and expecting more heat, it’s a good pitch for Margot to jump on. He makes solid contact and sends a hard ground ball past Brandon Crawford at short.

What turns a relatively harmless single into a more damaging lead-off double is Margot’s hustle. Sure, he’s got speed to spare, but this is the very definition of a hustle double. Check out how far center fielder Denard Span is from the ball when we first get eyes on him:

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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 (3-3) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (1-5) yesterday at Petco Park, 2-1.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 8.10) shutout the Giants over six and two-thirds innings on three hits and a walk while striking out five. The Giants’ lone run came in the ninth inning when Buster Posey reached on a single, took second base on defensive indifference, and scored on a Brandon Crawford single off Ryan Buchter.

Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 3.00) pitched eight innings, giving up both Padres’ runs on six hits and two walk with five strikeouts. Hunter Renfroe drove in the first run in the first inning with a double to score Manuel Margot. Margot drove in the second run in the second inning with a double to score Allen Cordoba, who reached base with his first Major League hit.

This afternoon the Padres and Clayton Richard (1-0, 0.00) go for the sweep against the Giants and Johnny Cueto (1-0, 7.20) in the series finale starting at 1:40pm PDT at Petco Park.

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

The Padres (2-3) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (1-4), 7-6, in yesterday’s 2017 home opener at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (0-0, 8.44) gave up five runs in five and a third innings pitched on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. After balking in Joe Panik for a run in the first inning, Perdomo shut the Giants out until loading the bases and giving up a grand slam to Brandon Belt with no outs in the sixth inning. Belt hit another home run, a solo shot, in the eighth inning off Ryan Buchter.

Matt Cain (0-0, 8.31) pitched just four and a third innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Leading off in the first inning, Manuel Margot hit the first of his two solo home runs. Margot’s second home run came in his second at-bat to leadoff the third inning. Wil Myers scored on a Yangervis Solarte single later in the third inning. Solarte singled again in the fifth inning to score Travis Jankowski. In the seventh inning, Solarte hit a double to drive in Jankowski and Myers. Solarte then scored the Padres’ final run on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Hedges.

Tonight starting at 5:40pm PDT, Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 24.30) gets the start at Petco Park against Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 3.86),

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Seven or eight years ago, in what would be the final game of my not-so-illustrious junior college baseball career, I faced a very sloooow pitcher. Even by the standards of the small town community college circuit, this dude, a big left hander, was abnormally slow.

I’d never hit an outside-the-park home run, believe it or not, although I’d come close two times that year, both against soft-tossing lefties. Watching his 70-something mile an hour heaters from the on-deck circle, I was salivating. With a short porch in left field, I’d made up my mind: I was going to try to hit a home run, and I was just about sure I was going to do it.

In three at-bats against the guy, I barely hit the ball out of the infield, grounding out twice to the left side and flying weakly into right field. He was, somehow, too slow, his otherwise juicy pitches turned effective because they traveled so far below the speed of the ones I’d grown familiar with. (Also, I wasn’t a very good hitter.)

Lesson No. 1: Never try to hit a home run. Lesson No. 2: Never underestimate the challenge of a slow fastball.

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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 (1-3) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) in yesterday afternoon’s series finale at Dodger Stadium, 10-2.

Jered Weaver (0-1) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits — all four runs came from two two-run home runs by Yasiel Puig — and three walks while striking out just two. Puig’s first home run came with no outs in the second inning, driving in Chase Utley. Puig hit his second one in his next at-bat, in the fourth inning, with Joc Pederson on base. The Padres’ wheels came off after Weaver was taken out of the game, as the Dodgers scored two in the sixth inning and four in the seventh inning. Christian Bethancourt came in to pitch in the seventh inning and got Utley to ground out. However, Bethancourt walked the next four batters before being relieved by Brad Hand.

Brandon McCarthy (1-0) surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Both Padres runs came on a Wil Myers two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Today, the Padres’ home opener starts at 3:40pm PDT, with Luis Perdomo (0-0) getting his first start of 2017 against the San Francisco Giants (1-3) and Matt Cain (0-0).

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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 (1-2) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) last night at Dodger Stadium, 3-1.

Trevor Cahill (0-1, 3.18) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. In the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez‘s ground-rule double scored Corey Seager and Logan Forsythe reached on a fielding error by Wil Myers, allowing Gonzalez to cross the plate. Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Rich Hill (1-0, 1.80) surrendered one run on two hits and three walks in five innings, striking out five. The lone run came on Hunter Renfroe‘s first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning.

This afternoon’s series finale at Dodger Stadium has Jered Weaver (0-0) making his Padres debut against Brandon McCarthy (0-0). First pitch is set for 12:10pm PDT.

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