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

The Padres (33-46) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (47-30), 12-6, getting swept in a quick two-game series at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (4-3, 3.96) gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jonathan Schoop doubled in the fourth inning to score Adam Jones. Schoop then scored on a Manny Machado single and Machado then scored on a Mark Trumbo two-run home run. In the fifth inning, a throwing error charged to Friedrich brought Yovani Gallardo and Schoop in to score. Andy Green came out to argue that Chris Davis was out of the basepaths and was thrown out of the game. Brad Hand relieved Friedrich in the sixth inning and gave up another run on Jones’ single to score Francisco Pena. Ryan Buchter started the ninth inning and had five runs scored against him: Two on a Machado ground-rule double and two more on another double by Trumbo. Trumbo then scored when Joey Rickard ground into a fielder’s choice.

Gallardo (3-1, 5.77) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning with Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers on base. In the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled to score Derek Norris. Myers then doubled to bring Alex Dickerson and Ramirez home.

The Padres are off today. The New York Yankees (37-39) come to Petco Park for three games starting tomorrow at 7:40pm PDT. Colin Rea (4-3, 5.05) takes the mound against TBD.

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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 (33-45) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (46-30) in the first of two games last night, 11-7, at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-6, 8.33) gave up four runs on seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Adam Jones led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop scored on a Chris Davis sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. A two-run home run by Hyun Soo Kim with J.J. Hardy on base came in the fifth inning. Carlos Villanueva came in to pitch the sixth inning, and the Orioles scored seven runs off him in just two-thirds of an inning.

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Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.63) pitched five innings, surrendering one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run that hit the batter’s eye in center field and made two spectacular catches, the first of which robbed a home run from Hardy in the second inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run with Alexei Ramirez and Ryan Schimpf on base in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Travis Jankowski and Myers scored on Adam Rosales‘ double and Rosales came home on a double by Yangervis Solarte.

This afternoon’s game has Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) taking the mound against Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm PDT.

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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 (30-43) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (41-30) last night, 7-2, splitting their two game series in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Erik Johnson (0-5, 8.54) gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. Mark Trumbo led off the second inning with a solo home run. In the third inning, a Jonathan Schoop RBI double scored Adam Jones. A Matt Wieters RBI single in the fourth inning brought Trumbo in for another run. Johnson gave up a leadoff home run to Ryan Flaherty and loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before being pulled for Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva hit Chris Davis with a pitch to bring Jones across the plate and Wieters’ sacrifice fly drove in Schoop. Hyun Soo Kim singled in the sixth inning to drive in Flaherty.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.97) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. RBI singles by Matt Kemp to drive in Travis Jankowski in the first and fifth innings accounted for both Padres’ runs.

The Padres tonight face the Cincinnati Reds (28-43) at 4:10pm PDT at Great American Ballpark. Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) faces off against John Lamb (1-4, 4.75) in the first of four games.

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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 (30-42) scored more runs than the Baltimore Orioles (40-30) last night, 10-7, in the first of two games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Luis Perdomo (2-2, 9.00) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walk in five innings while striking out eight. Adam Jones‘ RBI double scored Francisco Pena in the third inning and Hyun Soo Kim singled to bring in Jones. Pedro Alvarez hit two two-run home runs, both with Jonathan Schoop on base, in the fourth inning and the fifth inning.

Tyler Wilson (3-5, 4.19) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Matt Kemp opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning to bring Travis Jankowski home. Derek Norris added a run with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Wil Myers came up two outs later and single to score Alexei Ramirez. In the seventh inning, Yangervis Solarte‘s RBI single plated Kemp, Norris walked with the bases loaded to drive in Solarte, and a wild pitch by Oliver Drake allowed Melvin Upton Jr. to cross the plate. In the ninth inning, Ramirez singled to score Norris, Christian Bethancourt came home on a Jankowski sacrifice bunt, and Kemp singled to score Ramirez.

Erik Johnson (0-2, 8.44) gets the start tonight against TBA, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm PDT.

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This edition of “Questions You Were Too Afraid To Ask” focuses on the finalization of the Kyle Blanks trade and the Nick Hundley-Troy Patton swap.

The Padres received Ronald Herrera last week from the Oakland A’s to complete the Kyle Blanks trade. He’s just 19 years old and currently boasts a 3.30 ERA in the Midwest League. Is it okay to be excited about this pickup?

We discussed the Blanks trade two weeks ago, noting that the player to be named later set to come the Padres way might be something of value:

While PTBNLs are often just bit pieces, it seems possible, if not likely, that the Padres will get something decent back here, if only because Blanks has plenty more value than Goebbert as far as role players go.

By PTBNL standards, Herrera seems like a pretty nice acquisition. Signed out of Venezuela for $20K in 2011, Herrera has progressed nicely through Oakland’s system, rolling through the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He’s currently stationed in Single-A Fort Wayne, sporting a 3.30 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, along with a 3.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and just under a home run allowed per nine innings. (Most of that work was done in Oakland’s system, of course.)

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Last week came the announcement that the Padres had made room on the 40-man roster by designating Jaff Decker, Brad Brach, & Miles Mikolas (along with Jose De Paula) for assignment. That meant the Padres had the following options:

  • Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
  • Make one of the following contractual moves:
    1. Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
    2. Trade the player
    3. Release the player
    4. Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues

The news came as something of a shock to some, as all three had accrued some Major League time. But I had no problem with it, as the Padres have a glut of talent to protect on the 40-man and only 40 spots to do it with. And, to be honest, it’s a nice problem to have.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres lost to the Orioles 10-3 yesterday, losing both games of the short 2-game series. Eric Stults pitched alright, allowing only 3 runs in 7 innings. Jedd Gyorko got the Padres back into the game with a 3-run home run to tie it up in the sixth. But the Padres bullpen — quite frankly — sucked, allowing 7 runs in the final two innings.

The Padres are off today, traveling to Cincinnati for a 3-game series against the Reds. Andrew Cashner faces Bronson Arroyo on Friday, Tyson Ross gets Tony Cingrani on Saturday and Ian Kennedy goes against Mike Leake on Sunday.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Orioles’ Adam Jones returned home to San Diego and went nuts, going 4 for 4 with a HR. Meanwhile, the Padres left 71 runners in scoring position. Needless to say the Orioles won the game 4-1 dropping the Padres to 52-61 on the season. Edinson Volquez looked shakier than a 13 year old at his first dance but after 6 innings it wasn’t far fetched to say that he pitched an alright game. Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough.

The Padres and Orioles get it going at 12:40 pm today: Eric Stults vs. Miguel Gonzalez.

Recaps

Offense squanders golden chances behind Volquez – Corey Brock (mlb.com)

Two up, two down: Orioles 4, Padres 1 – Jeff Sanders (U-T)

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“Our situational hitting was not good tonight,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “There were a couple of at-bats that weren’t very good. We had some pitches to hit and either took them or fouled them off. We’ve got to do a better job.” [Brock}

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With Spring Training just underway, along with countless position battles to be waged and players to be considered, an obscene amount of season forecasting remains to be sorted through. There’s hardly a consensus agreement between prognosticators as to how the 2013 will end (hence, the maxim “that’s why they play the game”), and it’s interesting to see just how much some of these season hypotheses differ writer-to-writer, analyst-to-analyst, statistician-to-statistician. As explored previously on this site, fans are oftentimes divided as optimists or cynics – left to make determinations after sifting through the evidence of others or a more abstract gut feeling. While it’s anyone’s guess how the Padres will finish the 2013 season, I did discover that there was a big difference between how sabermetricians viewed their chances (see: not good) compared to the rest of the community.

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