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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This is the seventh Friday mailbag in a row; thanks for all the great questions.

Manuel Margot‘s had a really solid rookie campaign, although certain aspects of his game have left something to be desired. On offense, the one thing that’s surprised me is his strikeout rate. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I figured he’d jump into the majors and make a lot of contact right away. So far he’s whiffing 19.2 percent of the time, which is a tick or two better than league average but maybe a bit higher than anticipated for someone who only struck out 11.5 percent of the time in his minor-league career and earned top prospect status largely for his hit tool.

Here’s the encouraging news on that front:

Month Strikeout %
April 27.6
May 19.0
June 27.8 (18 PAs)
July 23.1
August 14.6

Margot’s strikeout rate has been trending down this season, with August by far being his best month. Even more encouragingly, he’s been able to show both power and contact ability at the same time, swatting five homers and 10 extra-base hits this month. That’s a small sample, of course, but he’s hitting .281/.318/.494 in the second-half. He’s a rookie, so there’s not much to go on; steady improvement is all we can ask.

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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 (48-59) scored fewer runs than the Minnesota Twins (51-54), 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (5-6, 4.92) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. In the second inning, Ervin Santana hit a two-run single to drive in Miguel Sano & Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar drove in Jason Castro & Santana. Sano added the fifth run with a leadoff solo home run in the sixth inning.

Santana (11-7, 3.37) went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete game. In the fourth inning, Cory Spangenberg had the first Padres hit of the game and Jose Pirela hit a two-run home run.

The Padres travel to Heinz Field to start a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (52-56) tomorrow evening at 4:05pm PDT. Travis Wood (1-3, 6.42) starts the first game against Ivan Nova (10-8, 3.75).
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I’ll admit it, a lot of the time I spend thinking about sports is dedicated to absolutely silly stuff.

Where does Tim Tebow‘s throwing arm rank among all United States citizens? (I think it’s in the millions.) What position would Gonzaga basketball player Przemek Karnowski play if his school had football? (Right tackle.) Who would be better at the other player’s sport, Mookie Betts or Steph Curry? (Betts.)

Today’s silly topic: If you had to start a franchise (or a fantasy team), are you taking Manuel Margot or Byron Buxton?

This would have been pretty clear cut a year or two ago, but it’s closer now. Let’s run through some different categories.

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