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 (64-69) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (70-62), 4-3 in ten innings last night at Petco Park,

Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88) struck out twelve and allowed two runs on five hits and two walk in seven innings. But the Padres bullpen could not hold the one run lead Kennedy left in their hands. Joaquin Benoit walked Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder singled, bringing up Adrian Beltre, who hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three in the eighth inning. In the 10th inning, Bud Norris gave up a single to Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland hit a double that brought Andrus around to score the go-ahead run.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.70) also threw seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Clint Barmes hit a two-RBI double in the fourth inning to scored Jedd Gyorko and Matt Kemp. In the sixth inning, Justin Upton and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back singles and Upton scored on a Barmes ground out Fielder’s Choice.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-57) come to Petco Park for four games. Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95) gets the ball against Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76) at 7:10pm PDT.

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Seth Smith was never meant for the label The Final Piece, given to him by over-confident former GM Josh Byrnes after acquiring Smith from the A’s last winter in exchange for Luke Gregerson. He ended up being a nice piece to add, like many Josh Byrnes acquisitions that didn’t actually add wins to the team record, but he was never going to be good enough to carry the offense like he needed to, no matter how well he played.

Smith ended up being the only piece of that 2014 outfield worth a damn, finishing the year with a team leading 133 wRC+ and trailing just Rene Rivera for position player team lead in fWAR, all while as a platoon player, getting 87% of his plate appearances against right-handed pitching. During his hot first-half, he was for weeks on end one of the top 5 hitters in the league by wRC+.

Smith cooled off considerably in the 2nd half of the season, but it was still a very positive year, and the post-Byrnes, pre-Preller Padres rewarded him with an oddly timed contract extension and a handshake, unofficial one off-season no-trade clause. Then AJ Preller went shopping for outfielders, Smith became the odd man out, and the Padres and Smith agreed that there wouldn’t be a “no takesies backsies” policy on his handshake deal, and he was off to the Mariners to platoon in Safeco Field’s outfield with Justin Ruggiano, as their Final Piece.

Now that the Padres have reshaped their roster with 3 new outfielders, 2 new catchers, and a new 3rd baseman, Preller and Co. will be looking to add the finishing touches to a roster that they hope will compete to go deep in the playoffs in 2015 and beyond. While there are still question marks in the infield, the new Final Piece isn’t going to be a position player. What the Padres really need now to move from playoff contender to World Series contender is a front-line starting pitcher. Read More…

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 spending an evening at the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (28-37) were unsuccessful in their second consecutive attempt to fell the Philadelphia Phillies (27-36), defeated by a score of 3-0. Tyson Ross started for the Padres, throwing seven strong innings (0 runs, 4 hits, 1 BB, 7 K). Cole Hamels was just as good for the Phillies (8 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K). Joaquin Benoit pitched a solid 8th inning, while Nick Vincent‘s struggles continued in the 9th inning. After striking out Marlon Byrd, Vincent walked Domonic Brown, hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch, and gave up a walk-off home run to Reid Brignac.

The Padres finish up their series in Philadelphia today at 10:05 A.M. Eric Stults (2-7, 5.68) starts for San Diego, Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 4.30) goes for the Phillies. The World Cup starts at 1 P.M.

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