Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:

Now that we have¬†that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.

Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.

What follows is all of our selections for this¬†game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.

There¬†are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.

So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?

Read More…

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

The Padres (53-72) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (79-45) last night, 5-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson (3-4, 5.71) gave up five runs on seven hits — including three home runs — and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Addison Russell hit a solo home run in the second inning. Dexter Fowler scored in the third inning on a Russell sacrifice fly. Kris Bryant led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Jason Heyward hit a two-run home run with Anthony Rizzo on base.

Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. In the seventh inning, Ryan Schimpf struck out on a Justin Grimm wild pitch and made it to first base, allowing Alex Dickerson to score the Padres’ only run.

Tonight, Christian Friedrich (4-9, 4.69) takes the mound against Jake Arrieta (15-5, 2.75) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a¬†morning¬†at the office, sneaking in a Padres game in between customer calls and sips of the scotch you hid¬†in your desk drawer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were pretending to work.

The Padres (14-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-7), 7-4, at Wrigley Field this morning in the make-up game of Monday’s rainout.

Colin Rea (3-1, 4.24) allowed all four runs in five innings pitched on seven hits and four walk with three strikeouts. An Anthony Rizzo single in the first inning scored Ben Zobrist, who had an RBI single in the second inning. In the fourth inning, back-to-back doubles by Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz scored two more runs for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva pitched a shutout inning of relief in the sixth and was credited with the win.

Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03) pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Wil Myers reached and advanced to second base on a throwing error in the first inning, allowing Travis Jankowski to score. Matt Kemp then followed with a single to plate Myers. With two outs in the seventh inning, Myers singled to score Jankowski again, Kemp walked, and Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to put the Padres ahead for good. A Kemp sacrifice fly in the eighth inning plated Adam Rosales and added an insurance run.

In the series finale and second game today, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.

Read More…

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

The Padres (13-20) scored fewer¬†runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-6) in the first of three games at Wrigley Field. Monday’s game was rained out.

Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.54) gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks and a strikeout in just four innings. In the second inning, Ben Zobrist scored on an Addison Russell double. On the throw from Matt Kemp, Russell ¬†was tagged out between second and third base in a weird-looking play that I still haven’t quite figured out yet. A Kris Bryant double in the third inning scored Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward. Bryant later came home on a single by Zobrist. Russell hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to score Anthony Rizzo and Zobrist.

Jon Lester (4-1, 1.96) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Melvin Upton Jr. hit a solo home run with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Padres their first run of the night. In the fifth inning, a double by Alexei Ramirez (who would eventually leave the game with a right hamstring cramp) scored Jose Pirela, followed one out later by a double by Jon Jay to score pinch-runner Adam Rosales. With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth inning, Alex Dickerson hit his first Major League home run, a grand slam, driving in Derek Norris, Upton, and Pirela.

Today, the Padres and Cubs will play a day/night doubleheader. In the first game, starting at 10:05pm PDT, Colin Rea (3-1, 3.82) takes on Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.10). In the second game, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.

Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a¬†having an extra long lunch break in the pub.¬†Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while¬†you were drinking.

The Padres (7-4) scored more runs, 5-4, than the Chicago Cubs (5-4) yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The game also marked the debut of the Cubs’ third-baseman, former USD Torero¬†Kris Bryant, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to start out his debut and a groundout to third in his last at-bat to end it.

James Shields (2-0, 2.84) did just enough to get the win, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walk with nine strikeouts in six innings.¬† Shields didn’t look particularly good in the third and fifth innings. Shields committed a throwing error to first base and threw a wild pitch (that really should have been scored a passed ball on Derek Norris) in the third that resulted in two runs for the Cubs. And in the fifth, a Jorge Soler comebacker and a Anthony Rizzo double¬†to right resulted in the other two Cubs runs.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel (1-0, 5.11) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Hammel gave up the first two runs on a Will Middlebrooks home run in the fourth inning. The other two were charged to Hammel after he left the game with two on in the seventh and Wil Myers hit a three-run home run off of Brian Schlitter. Even though it could be argued (and Joe Maddon did, unsuccessfully) that Myers had been struck out to end the inning on the pitch before the home run.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

The Padres once again face-off against the Cubs at Wrigley Field today at 11:20am PDT. Tyson Ross (1-0, 3.75) takes the mound against the Cubs and Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 10.38).

Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening¬†in¬†the pub after hearing the Padres traded Chase Headley to the Yankees. ¬†So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while¬†you were drinking.

The Padres (43-56) lost the first game of their three game series at¬†Wrigley Field to the Chicago Cubs (41-57), 6-0. ¬†Eric Stults¬†(3-12, 5.00) was Stults-like, giving up three runs in five innings on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. ¬†Former Padre Anthony Rizzo¬†hit two solo home runs, one off of Stults in the third and the other —¬†the second of back-to-back home runs with¬†second baseman¬†Arismendy Alcantara —¬†in the seventh off of Blaine Boyer.

Cubs’ starter¬†Kyle Hendricks¬†(1-0, 2.77) pitched seven shutout innings with five hits and three walks while striking out five.

This evening Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62) goes up against Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) at 5:05 pm PDT from Wrigley Field.

Read More…

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

San Diego kicked off Throwback/Brownout/Rub the Cubs’ Nose in a NLCS Loss from 30 Years Ago Weekend by dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago.¬† Jake Arrieta made his fourth start of the year for the Cubs and finished the sixth inning for the first time this season.¬† Jake came in with a 1.875 WHIP, so naturally he allowed only 5 Padre baserunners.¬† Adding insult to injury, Carlos Villanueva, who came in with an xFIP of 4.30 and against whom the league is hitting .416 when they put the ball in play, threw three shutout innings and earned the save.¬† It is the Cubs’ first 3-inning save in almost 7 years.

Eric Stults was, well, Eric Stults.¬† He retired 9 of the first 10 hitters he faced; 7 of the next 11 reached base.¬† Anthony Rizzo‘s 2 run HR turned the game on its head and erased a 1-0 deficit.¬† Chicago put the game away in the fifth with two doubles, two singles, and a sac bunt.¬† Cub baserunners dared San Diego to throw them out on the bases during the frame; the Padres declined.

The Padres had some bright spots РSeth Smith hit his team leading 6th home run in the first inning to stake Stults to a 1-0 lead.  Blaine Boyer, called up today to replace the injured Robbie Erlin, made his first ML appearance since 10 April 2011.  He worked 2 scoreless innings. Yonder Alonso also made a heads up play on an Arrieta bunt in the seventh; he let the pop-up drop, and hung Darwin Barney (#EvolutionaryDinosaur) out to dry to complete the 3-6-4 DP.

San Diego brings back a number of 1984 NL Champion alumni tomorrow as they seek to win their first game on this home stand.  Tim Stauffer is scheduled to face Edwin Jackson.

Read More…

It’s difficult being the band that follows Led Zeppelin.

In San Diego we were the beneficiaries of multiple All-Star caliber seasons from Adrian Gonzalez. And then, one day, he was gone, leaving a black hole at first base. Of course, it was supposed to only be vacant for a short period of time as Anthony Rizzo, part of the haul the Padres received for Adrian, was due to take over. Then the front office went through a complete change and suddenly the GM who brought Rizzo here was in Chicago and Josh Byrnes was here, eager to put his stamp on the team’s lineup. He did almost immediately in dealing Mat Latos for, among other players, a first baseman who was blocked in Cincinnati by Joey Votto.

In San Diego he was likely blocked by Anthony Rizzo as well. A simple enough fix as Jed Hoyer traded for Rizzo for the second time in his life. This left Yonder Alonso, standing alone at first.

Read More…

The Padres are in the midst of a tough 12-game stretch, facing recent playoff teams Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Washington, and perennial pain-in-the-butt St Louis.  They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Yonder Alonso has definitely gotten going.

After¬† posting an oh-fer in the first game of the Tampa series, Alonso has been scorching.¬†¬†Heading into last night’s action, he’d posted a .379/.367/.621 line, with 2 home runs over the previous 8 games.¬†¬†This hot stretch has helped raise his OPS+ to 123, second best on the team, and his wRC+ is 119,¬†tied with Jedd Gyorko for second on the team (minimum 100 PA for both metrics).

Yonder won’t spend his career looking over his shoulder.¬† We can do that for him.¬† The Padres have Kyle Blanks on the roster,¬†originally a¬†first baseman.¬† VM Nate had a great post yesterday on Blanks vs Alonso.¬† In 2011 the club had Anthony Rizzo slotted to become the everyday first baseman, but traded¬†him away that off-season.¬† Many fans wish Rizzo had remained here, especially after the RF fences came in.¬† Before that the Padres traded away Adrian Gonzalez due to fiscal constraints.¬† That’s a lot of baggage hovering around the first base bag.¬† Naturally Alonso’s peformance gets compared to those three players.¬† Can Alonso measure up to them offensively?¬† What about defensively?

Read More…