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 (57-81) scored fewer runs than the Boston Red Sox (77-61) in the second of three games at Petco Park, 5-1.

Paul Clemens (2-5, 5.44) once again couldn’t make it through five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walk with three strikeouts in four innings. With no outs in the fourth inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run home run and Chris Young followed immediately with a solo home run. Hanley Ramirez‘ RBI single with no outs in the fifth inning ended Clemens’ night and Young hit into a bases-loaded RBI groundout against reliever Jose Dominguez.

Clay Buchholz (6-10, 4.99) surrendered one run on eight hits and no walks while striking out six in six and two-thirds innings. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Padres’ lone run.

Jarred Cosart (0-2, 5.14) takes the mound in the series finale tonight against David Price (14-8, 3.92). First pitch is set for 6:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (57-80) scored more runs than the Boston Red Sox (76-61), 2-1, in game one of their three-game interleague series at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson (4-5, 5.55) shut out the Red Sox for seven innings, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out eleven. Brad Hand surrendered the Red Sox’ one run in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Chris Young. Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth to record his eighth save.

Drew Pomeranz (10-11, 3.01) gave up two runs on six hits and two walk with five strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Tonight’s second game will feature Paul Clemens (2-4, 4.93) going up against Clay Buchholz (5-10, 5.20) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

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There isn’t much bad to say about Tyson Ross’ 2014 season. He didn’t control the running game. Sure, but neither did Greg Maddux, and that worked out okay. He pitched better at home than on the road. Fine, but he didn’t build Petco Park. He faded toward the end. Okay, but he’d never been asked to work nearly that many innings in his life.

Ross was a stud last year, with few weaknesses, most of which are easily explained. One area where he struggled, which isn’t so easily explained, was in high-leverage situations (you might want to read this lengthy discussion on leverage before proceeding). Here, courtesy of Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, are his splits for 2014:

High 132 .308 .339 .564 7
Medium 343 .205 .287 .275 3
Low 336 .226 .315 .286 3

Ross allowed more than half of his home runs in the most critical situations, despite those accounting for just 16 percent of his plate appearances. Batters went from slugging like Paul Janish in medium- and low-leverage situations to Miguel Cabrera in high-leverage situations.

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Except when it doesn’t.

So, Huston Street and Tyson Ross are your San Diego Padres 2014 All-Stars, although Ross will not play having started on Sunday.  Street was named to replace Ross on the active All-Star roster.


The Padres wanted us to write-in Seth Smith on our All-Star ballots this year. Because his name wasn’t on the ballot and everyone else sucked.

Last week, I explored possible replacements for Ross on the All-Star roster this year.  Seeing as how Smith was denied not chosen, that got me thinking:  When was the last time a position player from the Padres started an All-Star game?

The last time a position player actually started the All-Star Game was 1998 at Coors Field in Denver, when Tony Gwynn was voted in by the fans.  Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, Trevor Hoffman, and Greg Vaughn joined Gwynn as All-Star reserves.

1998?  That long ago?  Have the Padres really sucked that bad?  Well, yes and no.  Part of the problem with having the fans vote is players that get national attention tend to get the most votes.  And the Padres have rarely gotten national attention since 1998.  Not for anything positive, that is.

Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing, just that’s the way it is.

So, what happened between 1998 and today?  How many players have been All-Stars since?

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening upset at Tony Gwynn’s passing.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were sobbing.

The Padres (29-41) dropped their second game in a row last night with a 5-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners in Safeco Field.  Tyson Ross (6-6, 3.27) gave up five early runs.  Four of which came on Kyle Seager‘s 3-run home run in the first and Brad Miller‘s solo shot in the second.

Meanwhile, former Padres pitcher Chris Young pitched six shutout innings.  The Padres’ only run came in the ninth on a solo home run by Carlos Quentin.

This afternoon the Vedder Cup continues in Seattle at Safeco Field at 12:40 pm PDT.  Eric Stults (2-8, 5.79) will start against the Mariners’ Roenis Elias (5-5, 4.13).

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Spring Training has sprung, so it’s just a matter of time before we find out about injuries that seem odd, weird, or flat out stupid.

We’ve already had Andrew Cashner get stabbed in the hand by his friend while cleaning a deer carcass in December. And that got me thinking about other Padres’ players who have managed to injure themselves in strange, asinine or even ironic ways.

Believe it…or not!

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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.

*All opinions are of those who are attributed to them. No opinion here should be construed to be that of the collective.

Padres Trail wrote an excellent post a couple of weeks ago regarding the most seminal Padres moment. His choice, a fine one, was Game 3 of the 1996 NLDS. If you haven’t read his post already, go check it out here.

This topic got a lot of us thinking “what are our seminal Padres moments?” It’s a somewhat complicated topic for a team with 0 World Series titles and only 2 appearances. But seminal doesn’t necessarily mean “great.” They are moments, for better or worse, that stay with you. An easy way to test what moments these would be for you? They are the first moments that come to mind when you think “Padres.”

Here, we’ve limited ourselves to picking 3 moments in total. Some good, some bad, all memorable.

So, presented for this week’s roundtable discussion, The Bar presents “Seminal Padres Moments.”

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By Corey Brock

One of the highlights of the Padres’ FanFest each year (well, in my opinion at least) is the Garage Sale – specifically the Garage Sale that benefits the Padres Foundation for Children.

The Padres Foundation is the primary source of funding for the organization’s outreach initiatives in the areas of children’s health, education, fitness and youth baseball/softball.

A year ago, the goodies sold at the Garage Sale raised over $80,000. This year, the Padres are hoping to reach six figures. Good for them!

So can they do it?

You bet they will, or my name isn’t Dewon Brazelton.

(Editor’s note: My name isn’t Dewon Brazelton, though this becomes relevant in the next paragraph).

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