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 (53-73) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (80-45) last night last night at Petco Park, 5-3.

Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.89) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in five and a third innings while striking out two. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, a Ben Zobrist double scored Bryant and Addison Russell followed Zobrist with a two-run home run. A sacrifice fly by Bryant scored Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning.

Arrieta (16-5, 2.62) gave up just two hits and three walks in eight innings, striking out six and facing just one batter over the minimum. The Cubs turned three double plays behind Arrieta. In the ninth inning, Luis Sardinas scored on a single by Wil Myers after a replay challenge showed Sardinas was safe. After Felix Pena was relieved by Aroldis Chapman, Myers advanced to second on defensive indifference and Yangervis Solarte‘s sacrifice fly scored Adam Rosales. Myers advanced to second on defensive indifference. Alex Dickerson drew a walk and Myers then scored on a wild pitch to Ryan Schimpf.

Today’s series finale pits Paul Clemens (2-2, 4.82) against Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 2.16) starting at 12:40pm PDT.

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The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.

Award season.  That time-honored tradition of someone deciding who or what should get something for their performance.  Movies have the Academy Awards.  TV has the Emmy’s.  Baseball has the ESPY’s Baseball Writers Association of America‘s end of season awards.

None of the folks in the BBBA are likely members of the BBWAA.  At least I don’t think so.  I do know that no one in the San Diego chapter is.  So we get to make up our own awards.  Which is nice.

Last week, Padres Trail gave you the first category, Manager of the Year.  Today, I get the chance to show you who we selected for Reliever of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

There are no Padres pitchers on our collective ballots for the Reliever of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, despite Padres Trail’s blatant attempts at homerism by putting Tyson Ross on his ballot.  Sorry.  That’s life.

This is my first year in the BBBA, which means that these are the first awards I’ve ever voted on.  And no, I don’t count the McRib Awards from last year.  No one should count those.  Ever.

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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 (19-21) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (17-20) by a score of 2-1 last night at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.  Chase Headley hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the ninth inning against hard-throwing Reds closer Aroldis Chapman for what became the winning run.

Carlos Quentin was activated from the disabled list before the game and started in left field, but only managed a walk in 4 plate appearances.  Seth Smith continued his torrid hitting with a single and a double.  Jedd Gyorko drove Smith in with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning for the Padres’ only other run.

Andrew Cashner and Mike Leake both received no-decisions after both only gave up one run.  Cashner pitched seven innings with seven hits and a walk while striking out six.  Leake lasted eight innings, striking out five with two hits and a walk.

Tonight, the Friars send out Ian Kennedy to face the Reds and Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati at 4:10 pm PDT.

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Sometime in early December, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Padres Public’s resident Beck Hansen lookalike and all around good guy, Geoff Young. On the agenda was beer, the Pacific Northwest, and – of course – baseball. Understandably, due to the circumstances surrounding what was at the time a very recent hunting accident, the subject of Andrew Cashner came up. We argued the merits of the trade that brought Cashner to San Diego, the talent sacrificed, and whether the gamble was worth it.

Towards the end of our discussion, an interesting point was presented: suppose the Padres viewed Anthony Rizzo’s chances of developing into a capable first-division player, but not necessarily a star, at 50%. Even with an injury history that made Cashner’s chances of reaching his ceiling as a potential No. 2 starter much lower, say 10-20%, did they owe it to themselves to shoot for the moon? Was this a move designed to cash in on Cashner’s immediate contributions as a reliever and develop him in a larger role that had more value long-term?

Right or wrong in this particular instance, the philosophical approach as it pertained to roster building, as well as Cashner’s development, has consumed my thoughts ever since.

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