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 (70-81) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (79-71) last night, 4-2, in a game that featured a combined 27 strikeouts by both teams, 16 by the Giants’ batters and 11 by the Padres.

Tyson Ross (10-11, 3.17) struck out eleven in six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Trevor Brown‘s RBI double in fifth inning put San Francisco on the board. Brandon Crawford singled in the sixth inning to score Alejandro De Aza. In the seventh inning, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run.

Chris Heston (11-10, 3.51) shutout the Padres over four and a third innings, striking out seven with two hits and five walks. Heston loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning and was pulled. But George Kontos got Matt Kemp to pop out to first base in foul territory and Justin Upton to fly out to center field. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Brett Wallace added a pinch-hit solo home run in the seventh inning.

Andrew Cashner (6-15, 4.25) gets the start tonight against Jake Peavy (7-6, 4.08) at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (44-50) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (50-44), 9-3, at Petco Park last night to have their five game winning streak snapped. This game had it all; possible no-hitter, hit batsman, grand slams, bat flips, gum throwing, bench clearing, broken bats, Spider-Man. Everything.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 4.98) pitched bad and he should feel bad, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout. Hunter Pence led off the second inning with a home run to center field. Gregor Blanco hit into a double play that scored Brandon Belt later that inning. Brandon Crawford hit a three-run home run with one out in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Hector Sanchez came up with the bases loaded against Dale Thayer and crushed a grand slam home run into the right field seats.

Chris Heston (10-5. 3.18) had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning, when a Melvin Upton Jr. broken bat single landed in center field to lead off the inning. Heston pitched seven and a third innings, allowing just the one hit and two walks with six strikeouts.

The Padres loaded the bases in the ninth inning against Josh Osich. Pinch-hitter Austin Hedges hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Clint Barmes and finally put the Padres on the scoreboard. After Jedd Gyorko lined out to center field, Brett Wallace doubled to center field to score Yangervis Solarte and Alexi Amarista.

This afternoon at 12:40pm PDT, James Shields (8-3, 3.92) gets the start against Matt Cain (1-1, 5.06).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending the afternoon at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach with your former roommate and his wife visiting San Diego on their honeymoon. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while I was (day) drinking.

The Padres (35-40) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (40-33), 13-8, yesterday in the final game of three at AT&T Park.

James Shields (7-2, 4.24) lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The Giants scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Joe Panik and a triple — one of four by Giants’ hitters — by Brandon Belt. In the fourth inning, singles by Gregor Blanco, Chris Heston, and Angel Pagan scored another three runs against Shields. A Buster Posey single in the fifth inning was the end of Shields’ day, but not the runs charged to him, as Blanco drove in Posey after Frank Garces retired two Giants. In the seventh inning, a Brandon Crawford triple and a Blanco sacrifice fly scored two more runs for the Giants. In the eighth inning, a Matt Duffy single and Posey and Crawford doubles combined to add another four runs.

Heston (8-5, 3.73) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The Giants’ bullpen made it a game though, as Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez combined to give up five runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth inning, all without getting a single Padres’ batter out. Sergio Romo finally ended the Padres’ eighth inning — but not without giving up the eighth Padres’ run — on three hits and a strikeout. Matt Kemp hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot with Clint Barmes on second base, off Romo.

The Friars return to San Diego and Petco Park tonight at 7:10pm PDT. The Arizona Diamondbacks (35-37) are in town for three games.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon fainting with excitement because Austin Hedges started his first game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were swooning.

The Padres (15-14) scored a few more runs than the San Francisco Giants (14-14) yesterday, eventually ending up with a 9-1 win to avoid a three-game sweep.

Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.03) gave up just the one run in seven innings on six hits and no walk with five strikeouts. Nori Aoki drove in Matt Duffy in the third inning for the Giants’ lone run. Brandon Maurer and Frank Garces each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

San Francisco’s Chris Heston (2-3, 3.38), on the other hand, was knocked around in the Padres’ third inning, surrendering five runs as the Friars batted around, and leaving after five innings pitched with eleven hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Matt Kemp, Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Alexi Amarista, and Austin Hedges all had RBI hits in the third. For Hedges, it was his first Major League hit and RBI. Hedges also had a sacrifice fly to score Gyorko in the eighth for his second RBI.

The Padres travel to Phoenix for a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting tonight at 6:40pm PDT. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 2.95) gets another shot at the rotation in place of the injured Brandon Morrow as he takes the mound against the D-Backs’ Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon at Sycuan Casino hanging out with the Fox Sports Girls and other great Padres fans. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were on Daycation.

The Padres (77-85) lost 9-3 to the San Francisco Giants (88-74), finally ending one of the most disappointing seasons — on and off the field — in the 45-year history of the Friars.

Robbie Erlin (4-5, 4.99) left after just one and two-thirds innings with four runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and a strikeout.

Chris Heston (0-0, 5.06), making his first Major League start, lasted only four innings while surrendering three runs on six hits and two walk with two strikeouts.  Tim Lincecum (12-9, 4.74) pitched two innings in relief of Heston and came away with the win.

The Padres have the next 189 days off until the 2015 season opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on April 6th.

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