Sometimes the details of the 2017 Padres season opener 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 (0-1) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0), 14-3, in yesterday’s 2017 season opener at Dodger Stadium.

Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 24.30) lasted just three and a third innings, giving up nine runs on eight hits and two walk with two strikeouts. The Dodgers hit four home runs in the game:

Back-to-back home runs in the third inning off Chacin; a grand slam from Joc Pederson and a solo shot by Yasmani Grandal.
Corey Seager hit a 3-run shot off Christian Bethancourt in the fifth inning.
Grandal hit his second home run of the game in the eighth inning, a 2-run shot off Jose Torres.

Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.29) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits and no walks while striking out eight. Yangervis Solarte drove in Wil Myers for the first run of the game in the first inning with a single. Ryan Schimpf led off the seventh inning with a solo shot to right field. And Manuel Margot doubled in the eighth inning to score Travis Jankowski.

If I didn’t have to write this thing, I would have given up watching the game after the fifth inning.

Clayton Richard (0-0) gets the start in today’s second game of the series and the season against Kenta Maeda (0-0). First pitch at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 7:10pm PDT.

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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?

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

The Padres (9-16) scored fewer runs than Clayton Kershaw the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13), 1-0, to drop the series finale at Dodger Stadium yesterday. Denying the Padres their sweet revenge of a sweep and forcing them back to San Diego with kissing their sister with a series win.

Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 1.96) pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out fourteen. The closest the Friars came to scoring a run came in the seventh on back-to-back singles by Wil Myers and Matt Kemp. But, Melvin Upton Jr. struck out and Derek Norris flied out to end the threat.

Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) gave up the one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Kershaw knocked in A.J. Ellis with a single in the third inning.

What are you gonna do? It happens.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT, James Shields (0-4, 3.55) takes the mound against Jon Gray (0-0, 11.42) in the opener, as the Colorado Rockies (12-12) come to Petco Park for three games.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy while recording a podcast during a game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (0-1) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) in the 2016 home and season opener at Petco Park, 15-0.

Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00). That pretty much sums up that.

Well, the Padres had just two baserunners against Kershaw (9 K’s) in his seven innings — thanks to a second inning walk for Yangervis Solarte and a single by Jon Jay in the third inning — and only four hits total in the game. So at least they didn’t get no-hit.

Tyson Ross (0-1, 11.81) gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five and one-third innings. Just click on the box score to see who DIDN’T score runs for the Dodgers, because I don’t feel like typing up all that garbage.

Game 2 of the season is tonight at 7:10pm with James Shields getting the start at Petco Park against former Tampa Bay Rays teammate Scott Kazmir. The Padres debut the new brown uniforms tonight, so at least we’ll have that to look forward to, if nothing else.

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

The Padres (74-88) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70), 6-3, at Dodger Stadium in the final game of the season.

Frank Garces (0-1, 5.21) started “Bullpen Day” with two innings and giving up a two-run home run in the second inning to Joc Pederson. Marc Rzepczynski pitched an inning, followed by Bud Norris for two innings, and Jon Edwards, Kevin Quackenbush, & Nick Vincent for one inning each. Edwards surrendered two home runs in the sixth inning, a leadoff shot from Corey Seager and a two-out, two-run home run by pinch-hitter Chris Heisey. Ronald Torreyes singled in Pederson for the Dodgers’ sixth run in the eighth inning.

Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13) pitched three and two-thirds innings in what amounted to a tune-up for the postseason. Kershaw struck out seven, getting his 301st strikeout for 2015, while giving up two hits and no walks. The Padres’ only runs came via a three-run home run by Travis Jankowski in the seventh inning off Luis Avilan.

The Padres’ next regular season game is April 4, 2016 against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

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

The Padres (31-32) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (36-25) last night, 4-3, in the first of three games at Petco Park in a battle of the bullpens.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.38) pitched six and a third innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Adrian Gonzalez was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes, but not before getting the first RBI of the game with a single in the third inning. A.J. Ellis knocked in Justin Turner with a single in the fourth inning. Turner and Alex Guerrero had RBI singles in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers ahead for good.

Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.36) was taken out after six and two-third innings, after allowing only one run — a Clint Barmes solo home run with one out in the seventh inning — on four hits and three walks with eleven strikeouts. Wil Myers then reached on a two-base error by Turner, who was moved to first base after Gonzalez’s ejection. Reliever Yimi Garcia then gave up a two-run home run to Derek Norris to give the Padres a short-lived 3-2 lead.

Tonight, Ian Kennedy (3-5, 6.48) takes the hill against Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.92) at 7:10pm PDT in the second game of the three game series.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy in the pub after waiting 189 days since the Padres last played a regular season game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were on drinking and experiencing that strange emotion that Padres fan felt during the offseason. I think it’s called “joy.”

Opening Day 2015. After an offseason that was unprecedented in Padres history, one that saw five of the eight starting positions on the field completely recast, the Padres finally played a game that counts in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

The Padres (0-1) lost the first game of the season to the Dodgers (1-0) by a score of 6-3 at Dodger Stadium. Neither Padres starter James Shields (0-0, 3.00) nor the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 4.50) figured into the decision. Shields pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts while Kershaw matched him with six innings with six hits and two walks, while giving up three earned runs with nine strikeouts.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run off of Shields in the fourth inning, part of his 3-for-5 day, adding a double and single, later adding another run on a double from Howie Kendrick in the seventh inning. Shawn Kelley came into relieve Frank Garces in the seventh inning by getting Juan Uribe to ground to second base. In the eighth inning though, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run home run off of Kelley, scoring Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier to get the loss.

For the Padres, it was all Matt Kemp, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the first to score Wil Myers. Kemp then added two more on a fifth inning double to plate Clint Barmes and Derek Norris, who hustled all the way from first base to score.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (0-0, 0.00) up against the Zack Greinke (0-0, 0.00) of the Dodgers in the second of three games to open the season at Dodger Stadium.

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The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.

Award season.  That time-honored tradition of someone deciding who or what should get something for their performance.  Movies have the Academy Awards.  TV has the Emmy’s.  Baseball has the ESPY’s Baseball Writers Association of America‘s end of season awards.

None of the folks in the BBBA are likely members of the BBWAA.  At least I don’t think so.  I do know that no one in the San Diego chapter is.  So we get to make up our own awards.  Which is nice.

Last week, Padres Trail gave you the first category, Manager of the Year.  Today, I get the chance to show you who we selected for Reliever of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

There are no Padres pitchers on our collective ballots for the Reliever of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, despite Padres Trail’s blatant attempts at homerism by putting Tyson Ross on his ballot.  Sorry.  That’s life.

This is my first year in the BBBA, which means that these are the first awards I’ve ever voted on.  And no, I don’t count the McRib Awards from last year.  No one should count those.  Ever.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub, pleading with the waitress to change the TV in your line of sight from Monday Night Football to the Padres game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-77) lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-62) by a score of 9-4 last night, despite the Dodgers making three errors on the same play in the sixth inning.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55) lasted just four and a third innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  A Juan Uribe solo home run in second inning was merely one of Despaigne’s problems on the night.

Clayton Kershaw (18-3, 1.67) pitched eight innings, giving up three runs, just one of which was earned thanks to a fly ball to center in the sixth inning that Yasiel Puig threw away towards first base trying to double up Rymer Liriano.  A.J. Ellis then threw it away trying to get Liriano at second base.  And then Hanley Ramirez erred on the throw home trying to get Yangervis Solarte.  At this point, Liriano managed to slide safely into home.  It was all very confusing to watch, not to mention type out after the fact.

Rene Rivera had an RBI single in the fourth inning.  Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off of Pedro Baez.  Carl Crawford hit a three-run home run off of reliever Frank Garces in the fifth inning for the Dodgers.

Tonight’s matchup in Dodger Stadium features Andrew Cashner (2-7, 2.39) versus Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.61) at 7:10 pm PDT.

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

We had ourselves a good old-fashioned pitchers duel last night at Chavez Ravine.  Dodger Ace Clayton Kerhsaw no-hit the Padres for 5 2/3.  Tyson Ross was almost as good, allowing 3 Los Angeles baserunners, two of whom were erased by Rene Rivera while trying to steal.  The two teams played the first half of the game in just over an hour, which is Usain Bolt-fast in this day and age.

Ross one-upped Kershaw by breaking up his no-hit bid with a sharp single in the sixth.  One inning later the Padres snapped the scoreless tie as Rivera singled home Abraham Almonte.  That score held up for a full inning, and it looked like San Diego would again beat arguably the best pitcher in baseball.  Alas and alack, Carl Crawford led off the eighth with an infield single, and Justin Turner followed that with a HR that broke Padres hearts.  San Diego put the tying run at second in the ninth, but Yasmani Grandal struck out against Kenley Jansen, and Los Angeles escaped with a 2-1 win.

The loss dropped the Padres 8 games under .500 and to 2-5 0n the road trip.  Los Angeles moved 3.5 ahead of the Giants, who split a double header in Chicago, in the NL West.

Tomorrow the good guys roll into Phoenix for a 3-game set with the Diamondbacks.  Odrisamer Despaigne will take on Josh Collmenter.


Ross, Padres concede to Kershaw – Dennis Lin (SDUT)

Ross stung with hard-luck loss in LA duel – Corey Brock (MLBAM)

Turner’s blast carries Kershaw to 15th win – Ken Gurnick (MLBAM)

Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner lead Dodgers to 2-1 win over Padres – Steve Dilbeck (LA Times)

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