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?
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 (41-53) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (49-44), 4-2, in the second game of four at Busch Stadium. This game was the first of a day/night doubleheader necessitated by Tuesday night’s rainout.
Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) gave up four runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks while striking out two. In the second inning, Matt Holliday hit a leadoff solo home run. Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run with Matt Adams on base in the fourth inning. And Yadier Molina hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.85) pitched seven inning, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The Padres’ two runs came in the first inning on Ryan Schimpf‘s two-run home run. Travis Jankowski led off the game with a double.
This evening at 5:15pm PDT, Paul Clemens makes his Padres debut against Jaime Garcia (6-6, 4.11) at Busch Stadium.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.
Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.
Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.
The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.
And now I need a break from typing.
This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an entire day searching for parking anywhere near the beach. Or gorging yourself on hot dogs and hamburgers at your friend’s barbecue. Or braving the traffic and the crowds in Coronado to watch the Independence Day parade. Or passed out after drinking a little too many Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas before the Big Bay Boom. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (39-44) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (52-28) yesterday, dropping the third game of four by a score of 2-1.
Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 4.75) gave up just one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings. Tommy Pham doubled in the sixth inning for his first Major League hit and came around to score on a Matt Carpenter single in the next at-bat. In the eighth inning, with Brandon Maurer pitching, Pham reached on an error by Alexi Amarista, stole second base, and then scored on a Jhonny Peralta sacrifice fly.
Carlos Martinez (9-3, 2.70) pitched six and two-thirds innings, surrendering just one run on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning.
In this afternoon’s finale, Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.86) takes on Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.74) at 11:15am PDT at Busch Stadium.