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 (33-48) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (55-28), 8-0, last night at Petco Park.

Dillon Overton‘s Padres debut was a forgettable one. Overton (0-1, 6.65) lasted four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three. Logan Forsythe‘s first inning single to drive in Chris Taylor was all the Dodgers needed, but they didn’t stop there. Starting pitcher Rich Hill drove in Forsythe with a single in the fourth inning. Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, Taylor hit a grand slam, the second in two nights for the Dodgers.

Hill (5-4, 4.00) shutout the Padres over seven innings, giving up four hits and a walk with eleven strikeouts. Manuel Margot was 2-for-3 with a walk. Austin Hedges and Erick Aybar each had one of the other two hits for the Padres.

Jhoulys Chacin (6-7, 4.76) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Kenta Maeda (6-3, 4.15) beginning at 1:40pm PDT.
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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 (31-44) scored more runs than the Detroit Tigers (32-42) last night, 7-3, at Petco Park.

Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 6.60) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings pitched. In the fifth inning, Justin Upton scored on Andrew Romine‘s double and Romine took third when Hunter Renfroe threw the ball into the Tigers’ dugout. Romine then scored on Jose Iglesias‘ single and Iglesias took second base when Austin Hedges missed the throw home by Chase d’Arnaud. Romine drove in Upton again in the seventh inning with a single.

Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 6.75) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings. d’Arnaud scored on Lamet’s sacrifice bunt in the first inning, but Lamet was safe after an error by Sanchez. Jose Pirela scored on Wil Myers‘ sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Hector Sanchez hit a pinch-hit two-run home run, the Padres loaded the bases and Carlos Asuaje and Myers scored on Cory Spangenberg single, and Hedges drove in Renfroe with a bunt single.

Allen Cordoba was hit in the hand by a Sanchez pitch in the third inning and left the game.

The Padres try for the sweep in this afternoon’s series finale. Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.20) takes the mound against Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 5.25) starting at 1:40pm PDT.
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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 (28-41) scored more runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (37-33) yesterday, 7-5 in eleven innings, at Miller Park.

Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 7.50) gave up three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out twelve in six innings. The twelve strikeouts were the most by a Padres rookie pitcher since Oliver Perez‘ thirteen on July 7, 2002. For the second game in a row, all of the Brewers’ runs came from home runs. In the third inning, Orlando Arcia hit an inside-the-park and Eric Thames hit a two-run. Keon Broxton hit a two-run shot in the tenth inning off Brandon Maurer. Phil Maton struck out the final two Brewers’ hitters to record his first Major League save.

Chase Anderson (5-2, 2.92) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Franchy Cordero scored on Hunter Renfroe‘s double. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Solarte hit a two-run home run in the tenth inning. In the eleventh inning, Cory Spangenberg led off with a home run and Chase d’Arnaud hit another two outs later.

Today’s series finale will pit Luis Perdomo (1-3, 5.16) against Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 3.67) starting at 11:10am PDT.
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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 (23-36) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (35-25) in the first of three games at Chase Field, 10-2.

Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 6.92) gave up nine runs (seven earned) on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Jake Lamb hit a two-run double in the first inning. Lamb hit a bases loaded single and Chris Owings hit a three-run home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Owings reached on a fielding error by Chase d’Arnaud and Daniel Descalso singled with the bases loaded for another two runs.

Robbie Ray (6-3, 2.85) surrendered one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eleven in six and two-thirds innings. Hunter Renfroe hit two solo home runs, one with two outs in the fourth inning off Ray and one to lead off the ninth inning off Tom Wilhelmsen.

Tonight, Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.01) gets the start against Zack Greinke (7-3, 3.06) with first pitch scheduled for 6:40pm PDT.
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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 (23-33) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (34-23) at Petco Park last night, 8-5, in the first of three games.

Clayton Richard (4-6, 4.36) gave up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and no walks in five and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. In the third inning, Charlie Blackmon scored on DJ LeMahieu‘s double, a Nolan Arenado single drove in LeMahieu, and a single by Ian Desmond scored Arenado. Trevor Story scored on a German Marquez sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning. Story singled in the seventh inning to drive in Arenado.

Marquez (4-3, 4.53) surrendered six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Chase d’Arnaud scored on Allen Cordoba‘s single in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Ryan Schimpf came home on a Franchy Cordero single and Austin Hedges then hit a two-run home run. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Cordoba’s sacrifice fly drove in Hedges in the sixth inning. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Of particular note, Padres’ hitters struck out fourteen times against the Rockies.

This afternoon Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.77) gets the start against Tyler Chatwood (4-7, 5.04) starting at 1:10pm PDT.
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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 (21-33) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-26) last night at Petco Park 6-2.

Dinelson Lamet (2-0, 2.70) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in five innings while striking out eight. Willson Contreras‘ “double” in the second inning drove in Jason Heyward. Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Eddie Butler (2-1, 4.42) pitched four and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Austin Hedges hit a two-run home run in the second inning. In the fifth, Hunter Renfroe‘s double drove in Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers, and Hedges doubled to drive in Renfroe and Franchy Cordero.

This afternoon’s series finale at 12:40pm PDT has Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.61) going up against Jake Arrieta (5-4, 4.92).

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There are like 750 major-league players at any given time, and probably another 300 or 400 right on the fringes of The Show, perhaps injured and waiting to return or in Triple-A and ready for a call-up. It’s really hard to know them all, so we tend to put the ones we’re less familiar with into boxes. Al Alburquerque is a hard-throwing reliever with a control problem and a funny name. Craig Gentry is a fast outfielder who may or may not be on a big-league roster, depending on the day. And Chase d’Arnaud, well, he’s a scrappy middle infielder with a weak bat and a so-so glove.

From afar, the d’Arnaud box is often overflowing. For every Francisco Lindor, there are like 37 Eric Sogards. These guys tend to look reasonably adequate at shortstop, play a solid second or third base, and do enough with the bat to make you forget the constant barrage of outs, at least occasionally. It’s what d’Arnaud is—or what he’s supposed to be, anyway. That’s what the sticker on the box says.

When the Padres acquired d’Arnaud, this is what I wrote:

d’Arnaud, claimed off waivers from the Red Sox, is squarely a utility/org guy. If the Padres turn him into something useful, they’ll start checking the Petco hallways for signs of witchcraft.

With time, I’m not sure that I’ll be proven wrong, really. d’Arnaud’s hot start doesn’t negate a career’s worth of relative mediocrity, and it doesn’t portend a future as a legit contributor. But it’s still fun to view a previously boxed-up guy up close and realize that sometimes there’s more than just a generic, forgettable ballplayer there.

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In the fifth inning of yesterday’s game, Chase d’Arnaud tried to steal third base with one out and Luis Torrens at the plate. This is the story of that play, as told by those most closely involved with it (all interviews may or may not be real).

Chase d’ArnaudI’m just trying to get to third base with one out. Look, love Torrens, but—this isn’t on the record, right?—there’s no way he’s getting a hit there. [laughs] I stole second just before that, and I thought I had a pretty good read on [Jacob] Turner, plus their third baseman was playing way off the bag. My job is to get to third so Torrens can drive me in just by putting the ball in the air. With Jhoulys Chacin on-deck, I’m thinking our best chance of scoring is for me to get to third ASAP. That’s all I’m thinking about. Well that and kicking my brother’s ass in some ping pong over the all-star break. [laughs]

Brian Goodwin: Yeah, I’ve had that happen a few times before. As soon as that ball’s hit, I’m just thinking catch it, catch it, catch it. It’s an easy two outs for my guy Turner there, and it helps us get out of the inning without any further damage. That guy’s a hard-nosed scrapper, but you can file that under “shit happens.”

Wilmer Difo: Don’t tell Goodwin, but he could have made a better throw there. Almost ate me up.

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

The Padres (19-33) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (30-19), 5-3, yesterday in the finale of three games at Nationals Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.77) gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in four and a third innings. In the first inning, Trea Turner scored on Adam Lind‘s bases loaded groundout. Wilmer Difo scored on Brian Goodwin‘s single in the second inning. Lind hit an RBI double in the fifth inning. Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand, and Brandon Maurer no-hit the Nationals over the last four and two-thirds innings, with Buchter allowing two walks in his one inning of work.

Joe Ross (2-1, 6.18) surrendered five runs on twelve hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings pitched. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Chacin’s RBI single in the second inning drove in Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud hit a two-RBI single in the fifth inning to drive in Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero.

The Padres return to San Diego for three games against the Chicago Cubs (25-23) starting this afternoon. Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50) gets the Memorial Day start at 1:40pm PDT against Kyle Hendricks (4-2, 3.25) at Petco Park.

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Jhoulys Chacin‘s struggles continue

The most often cited Chacin split is the home-road one, where he’s somehow posted a 0.67 home ERA this season and a 8.77 one on the road, and that doesn’t include last night’s clunker in New York. That Chacin split is explainable to a degree (Petco’s pitcher friendly, players perform better at home, etc.), but with that large a gap it’s mostly just a good helping of statistically noise. The more meaningful Chacin split is probably the lefty-right one (not that it’s bereft of noise), as he’s allowed .894 OPS against lefties this season, with six homers allowed, 10 walks, and 10 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances—and, again, that doesn’t include last night’s game.

If you watched Chacin’s 10-pitch battle with Michael Conforto (more on him in a second) to lead off yesterday’s game, it never felt like it was going to end well for Chacin. Conforto ultimately fouled off five straight pitches before taking a slider out to right field. Chacin will have to figure out how to not turn every lefty hitter into Bryce Harper (or Conforto) if he’s to turn things around this season.

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