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Well, it finally happened.  The path has been made clear for Austin Hedges to begin the year as the Padres starting catcher with the trade of veteran Derek Norris.  Most would argue that Norris’ horrific year at the plate in 2016 (.186/.255/.328, 56 OPS+) all but guaranteed that Hedges would get the lion’s share of the playing time anyways, but with Norris being shipped off to the Washington Nationals, San Diego will avoid even a shred of catching controversy.

While Norris is a good buy-low/rebound candidate (he had the highest “hard contact” rate and “line drive” rate of his career last year, at 34.4% and 21.9%, respectively), he obviously doesn’t fit in the competitive window the Padres are shooting for.  Hedges doesn’t have much left to learn at Triple-A El Paso (.326/.353/.597 with a career high 21 dingers and 82 RBI), so this afternoon, the time was right for AJ Preller’s first post-suspension trade.

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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 (68-93) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (68-93) last night in the second of three games at Chase Field, 9-5.

Clayton Richard (3-4, 3.33) gave up seven runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in four and a third innings while striking out one batter. With the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning, Jean Segura scored on a passed ball, Brandon Drury hit an RBI single, and Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run home run. In the fifth inning, Segura scored again on a Chris Owings sacrifice fly and Paul Goldschmidt stole third base and scored on an error by Yangervis Solarte. Segura scored yet again in the seventh inning on another Owings sacrifice fly. Mitch Haniger hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Archie Bradley (8-9, 5.02) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and no walks with eleven strikeouts. Solarte scored the Padres’ first run on a single by Carlos Asuaje in the second inning. In the third inning, Solarte’s double drove in Wil Myers. Jon Jay led off the eighth inning with a triple and scored on Myers single, Myers scored on a Hunter Renfroe double, and Renfroe scored on Derek Norris‘ single.

The final game of 2016 is this afternoon starting at 12:10pm PDT. Paul Clemens (4-5, 4.27) gets the start against Matt Koch (1-1, 2.25).

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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 (68-91) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (91-68), 9-4, in the Padres’ final game of 2016 at Petco Park. The Padres ended with a losing record at home in 2016 at 39-42.

Christian Friedrich (5-12, 4.66) gave up five runs in five and two-thirds innings on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Joc Pederson‘s double in the fifth inning drove in Rob Segedin and put the Dodgers on the board. A single by Justin Turner in the sixth inning scored Charlie Culberson, Turner scored on a wild pitch by Jose Torres, and Yasiel Puig and Segedin scored on a Pederson double. Carlos Ruiz‘ two-run double in the seventh inning scored Turner and Puig. Andrew Toles scored on a Andre Ethier single in the eighth inning. And Toles’ single in the ninth inning drove in Micah Johnson

Julio Urias (5-2, 3.39) was pulled after three innings — to help keep him fresh for the postseason — while giving up one hit and three walks and striking out five. Jesse Chavez pitched the fourth inning and gave up two runs. Carlos Asuaje drove in Hunter Renfroe with a single and Derek Norris scored on Luis Sardinas single. Three Dodger pitchers shutout the Padres until the ninth inning, when Jon Jay‘s single scored Manuel Margot and a Yangervis Solarte double drove Jay in.

The Padres wrap up the season with three games at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks (66-93). Edwin Jackson (5-6, 5.77) gets the start tonight at 6:40pm PDT against Braden Shipley (4-5. 5.26).

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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 (65-90) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (82-73), 9-6 in ten innings, last night at Petco Park.

Jarred Cosart (0-4, 6.00) left after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. After Cosart loaded the bases, Joe Panik singled to drive in Buster Posey and Hunter Pence and Eduardo Nunez scored on Angel Pagan‘s single. Jose Dominguez gave up three runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded again, Posey hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Madison Bumgarner, Pence ground out, driving in Denard Span, and Nunez singled to score Brandon BeltKevin Quackenbush lost the game in the tenth inning with three runs scored against him as well. Kelby Tomlinson hit a single that Hunter Renfroe misplayed for an error, allowing Pagan to score. Span then hit a two-run home run.

Bumgarner (14-9, 2.71) allowed five runs on four hits and a walk in six innings while striking out five. All five runs were the result of home runs in three consecutive innings: Renfroe’s solo shot in the fourth inning, Derek Norris‘ two-run shot in the fifth inning, and Adam Rosales‘ two-run shot in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Manuel Margot singled to drive in pinch-runner Travis Jankowski.

This afternoon, Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.98) gets the start against Ty Blach (0-0, 0.00) in the Padres last game against the Giants for 2016. First pitch is set for 1:40pm PDT.

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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 were drinking.

The Padres (62-86) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (71-77), 8-0, last night at Coors Field.

Edwin Jackson (4-6, 6.00) gave up all eight runs in four and a third innings on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Nolan Arenado and Tom Murphy each hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Daniel Descalso scored on a Charlie Blackmon triple in the fourth inning. And Murphy hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Jon Gray (10-8, 4.42) pitched a complete game shutout with four hits and no walks while setting a Rockies record with sixteen strikeouts. Wil Myers singled in the first inning, but was picked off of first base for the third out. Jon Jay struck out in the second inning, but reached on a passed ball. Travis Jankowski singled in the third inning. Jay singled in the fourth inning and again in the seventh inning. That was it for the Padres.

Derek Norris had to leave the game with a sprained middle finger in the fifth inning after taking a foul ball off of his hand.

The series finale this afternoon has Jarred Cosart (0-3, 5.16) going up against Chad Bettis (12-7, 4.78). First pitch is at 1:10pm PDT.

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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 were drinking.

The Padres (62-85) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (70-77) in the first of three games at Coors Field last night, 8-7, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Christian Friedrich (5-10, 4.78) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings while striking out five. Tyler Chatwood‘s single in the second inning scored Stephen Cardullo and Cristhian Adames, Chatwood, and Charlie Blackmon scored on a DJ LeMahieu double. Blackmon scored on a Carlos Gonzalez groundout in the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, with Brandon Maurer coming in to close out the game, a Gonzalez single drove in LeMahieu, David Dahl reached on a single, Nick Hundley singled to drive in Gonzalez and tie the game, and Daniel Descalso hit a walk-off single for the win.

Chatwood (11-9, 4.13) gave up all seven Padres’ runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. Wil Myers opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run home run with Jon Jay on base. Alex Dickerson hit a bases-loaded single in the third inning to drive in Travis Jankowski and Jay and a groundout by Luis Sardinas scored Ryan Schimpf. Jankowski scored on a Jay single in the fourth inning, but Jay was thrown out trying to take second base to end the inning. In the sixth inning, Sardinas led off with a solo home run.

Tonight’s second game will have Edwin Jackson (4-5, 5.32) taking the mound versus Jon Gray (9-8, 4.69) starting at 5:10pm PDT.

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The Padres (61-84) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (77-67) last night, 6-4, at AT&T Park.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 3.00) gave up three runs on eleven hits and three walks in five and two-thirds inning with four strikeouts. Hunter Pence‘s double drove in Kelby Tomlinson in the third inning. Angel Pagan led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Brandon Crawford‘s one-out single scored Tomlinson. In the seventh inning, Gorkys Hernandez hit a solo home run.

Albert Suarez (3-3, 4.20) pitched five innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out two. Luis Sardinas‘ single in the third inning scored Jon Jay. In the ninth inning, Wil Myers drew a bases-loaded walk to bring Derek Norris home, Jay came home on Yangervis Solarte‘s ground out, and Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run to drive Sardinas and Myers in.

This afternoon, Luis Perdomo (7-9, 5.89) takes the mound against Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.61). First pitch is scheduled for 12:45pm PDT.

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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 (59-84) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (68-74), 3-2 in 10 innings, yesterday afternoon in the Rockies final game of 2016 at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson (4-5, 5.32) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings while striking out four. Charlie Blackmon opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Blackmon then singled in the fifth inning to drive in Nick Hundley, but was thrown out at second base. Mark Reynolds scored the go-ahead run with a solo home run off Kevin Quackenbush in the tenth inning.

Chad Bettis (12-7, 4.78) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Travis Jankowski scored on a Wil Myers triple and Myers came in on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

The Padres head to San Francisco and AT&T Park to face the Giants (77-65) for three games beginning tonight at 7:15pm PDT. Paul Clemens (2-5, 5.44) gets the start tonight against Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.00).

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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 (58-82) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (67-73), 14-1, last night at Petco Park in the first of four games.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 2.78) shutout the Rockies over seven innings while striking out eight on six hits and two walks. The Rockies only run came in the ninth inning, when Cristhian Adames hit a solo home run.

Jeff Hoffman (0-3, 5.60) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up seven unearned runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The Padres scored those seven unearned run in the third inning. It was crazy.

In the fifth inning, Alex Dickerson scored on a groundout by Richard and a two-RBI single by Travis Jankowski drove in Ryan Schimpf and Derek Norris. Yangervis Solarte scored on a Ryan Schimpf double and a bases-loaded walk of Luis Sardinas scored Dickerson in the sixth inning. Norris hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Tonight’s second game of the series has Luis Perdomo (7-8, 5.92) taking the mound versus Tyler Chatwood (10-9, 3.94) starting at 7:40pm PDT.

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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 (56-78) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (74-60), 4-2, last night in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Richard (1-3, 3.29) gave up one run on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings. Joc Pederson‘s single in the fourth inning drove in Enrique Hernandez. Pederson then tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo home run off Brandon Morrow. Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer combined to shutout the Dodgers over the last three and two-thirds innings.

Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69) pitched five and a third innings, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six. Derek Norris‘ double drove in Yangervis Solarte and Alex Dickerson in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Solarte hit a leadoff solo home run and Brett Wallace‘s pinch-hit RBI single drove Dickerson in.

Tonight at 6:10pm PDT, Luis Perdomo (7-7, 5.84) gets the start against Rich Hill (10-3, 2.09) in the second game.

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