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

The Padres (43-55) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (38-62), 5-2, in yesterday afternoon’s four-game series finale at AT&T Park.

Dinelson Lamet (4-4, 5.92) allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk in six and two-thirds innings while striking out six. A Buster Posey single in the first inning drove in Denard Span. Gorkys Hernandez singled in the fourth inning to bring Miguel Gomez home.

Ty Blach (6-6, 4.50) gave up five runs in seven innings on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Jabari Blash hit a two-run double to score Myers and Hunter Renfroe, Hector Sanchez doubled to drive in Blash, and Cory Spangenberg‘s single scored Sanchez.

The Padres come back to Petco Park tonight to begin a four-game series against the New York Mets (45-51). Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35) starts the first game against Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37) with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm PDT.
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No matter what’s happening at the big-league level, the Padres have collected an overwhelming amount of talent over the last few years. Even though Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, and Hunter Renfroe all graduated from last year’s top 20, the system right now is arguably just as good, with the emergence of prospects like Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Lauer, and Michel Baez. Michael Gettys, ranked seventh on our list at the end of last season, didn’t even crack our top 20 this go around, and he’s having a fine season as a 21-year-old in Lake Elsinore (okay, the strikeouts are a concern). And there are a bunch of other intriguing names that also fell short.

Over the last couple of weeks, the What’s Brewing On The Farm crew has been huddled at Padres Public headquarters, trying to sort out this heap of exciting prospects. Our creation is a midsummer’s top 20 for your enjoyment.

20. Luis Campusano, 18, Catcher
AZL Padres: 40 PA, .290/.450/.581, 22.5 BB%, 25.0 K%

Campusano, a bat-first backstop, is the opposite of the other catcher the Padres took early in this year’s draft, Blake Hunt. You could probably take either one, depending on your preference for polished defense vs. bigger offensive potential at catcher. Campusano’s tool set includes plenty of bat speed and over-the-fence power, the kind of raw offensive skills that work at any position. He’s 18, so there’s still plenty of work to do on the offensive side of the ball, but the main question with Campusano might be how the work behind the dish progresses.

Eric Longenhagen had a mostly negative report on his defense from a late-June viewing, but it’s early. On the plus side, it’s possible his bat makes him an interesting prospect even at first base or in an outfield corner, but obviously that kind of switch would put a dent into his prospect status. For now, cross your fingers and hope the Padres can develop Campusano into a good catcher. Remember, Yasmani Grandal was once viewed as a bat-first catcher too. (Sac Bunt Dustin)

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

The Padres (40-53) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (55-41) at Coors Field last night, 9-7.

Dinelson Lamet (3-4, 6.40) allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in four innings. Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run in the first inning. In the fifth inning, DJ LeMahieu hit a sacrifice fly that Jabari Blash dropped as Charlie Blackmon scored, LeMahieu and Gerardo Parra scored on Carlos Gonzalez‘ double, and Gonzalez scored on Alexi Amarista‘s single. Parra’s double drove in Pat Valaika and a single by Gonzalez drove in Parra.

Antonio Senzatela (10-3, 4.67) gave up four run (three earned) in five innings on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Jose Pirela‘s double scored Carlos Asuaje and a single by Blash drove in Wil Myers and Pirela in the first inning. Myers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Erick Aybar‘s sacrifice fly drove in Cory Spangenberg and a single by Matt Szczur scored Blash. Asuaje led off the seventh inning with his first Major League home run.

This afternoon’s series finale will pit Clayton Richard (5-9, 4.75) against Jon Gray (2-1, 6.23) beginning at 12:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (36-49) scored fewer runs than the Cleveland Indians (45-39) in the series finale at Progressive Field, 11-2.

Dinelson Lamet (3-3, 5.93) allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings pitched on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Michael Brantley tripled drove in Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the first inning. And it just kept going from there. Brantley scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall sacrifice fly and Edwin Encarnacion scored on Bradley Zimmer‘s sacrifice fly in the third inning. Encarnacion led off the fifth inning with a home run. In the sixth inning, Yan Gomes hit a lead off home run, Encarnacion drove in Jason Kipnis with a double, and Ramirez’ single scored Encarnacion. Chisenhall doubled in the eighth inning to drive in Brantley and Encarnacion.

Josh Tomlin (5-9, 5.90) gave up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out six in seven innings. After a leadoff double by Hunter Renfroe for the Padres first baserunner of the night, Cory Spangenberg singled, Renfroe scored on Erick Aybar‘s ground rule double, and Spangenberg came home on Allen Cordoba‘s sacrifice fly.

The Padres start a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (28-56) at Citizen’s Bank Park beginning this evening at 3:35pm PDT. Clayton Richard (5-8, 4.85) starts tonight against Nick Pivetta (2-4, 4.85) .
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (33-46) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (37-41), 6-0, in the finale of their three game series at Petco Park.

Dinelson Lamet (3-2, 5.35) pitched arguably his best game in his young Major League career, shutting the Braves out over seven innings on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. The Braves were unable to get any runners past second base, and that only happened twice.

Jaime Garcia (2-6, 4.35) gave up all six runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Jose Pirela scored on Manuel Margot‘s double and Wil Myers followed that up with a two-run home run in the third inning. Hunter Renfroe added another two runs in the fifth with a two-run home run that was the longest hit at Petco Park so far this season at 444 feet. In the seventh inning, Margot drove in Matt Szczur with a single.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (53-28) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.42) gets the start tonight against Alex Wood (8-0, 1.86).
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One of the hardest things about writing about a baseball team every day is trying to avoid looking like a fool. The easiest way to make yourself look like a fool is to get too excited—or too down—on a player with limited playing time. It’s easy to do, though. You see a hyped (or maybe under-hyped) prospect roll on to the big-league team and dominate in a couple of appearances, and you’re looking for something to write about. Before you know it you’re comparing him to Lance McCullers or something.

After Dinelson Lamet‘s first two starts, where he combined for 16 strikeouts and three walks in 10 innings, maybe I got a little too excited. The only thing worse than making yourself look like a fool once, however, is making yourself look like a fool twice. The easiest way to do this is to get too excited—or too down—on a player with limited playing time and then, after a few bad (or good) outings, to reverse course entirely. All of the sudden, you’re backpedaling away from this player as fast as you can. It’s a bad look, especially if the player turns out to be good, as you had originally envisioned, or even just okay, as you had maybe never considered.

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Sometimes things 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 (28-41) scored more runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (37-33) yesterday, 7-5 in eleven innings, at Miller Park.

Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 7.50) gave up three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out twelve in six innings. The twelve strikeouts were the most by a Padres rookie pitcher since Oliver Perez‘ thirteen on July 7, 2002. For the second game in a row, all of the Brewers’ runs came from home runs. In the third inning, Orlando Arcia hit an inside-the-park and Eric Thames hit a two-run. Keon Broxton hit a two-run shot in the tenth inning off Brandon Maurer. Phil Maton struck out the final two Brewers’ hitters to record his first Major League save.

Chase Anderson (5-2, 2.92) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Franchy Cordero scored on Hunter Renfroe‘s double. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Solarte hit a two-run home run in the tenth inning. In the eleventh inning, Cory Spangenberg led off with a home run and Chase d’Arnaud hit another two outs later.

Today’s series finale will pit Luis Perdomo (1-3, 5.16) against Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 3.67) starting at 11:10am PDT.
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Sometimes things 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 (24-40) scored fewer runs than the Kansas City Royals (28-34), 8-3, yesterday at Petco Park.

Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 8.50) gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Mike Moustakas hit two home runs: a two-run shot in the first and a leadoff solo shot in the ninth inning. Alex Gordon hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. On the plus side, Phil Maton made his Major League debut, going 1-2-3 in the eighth inning while ringing up Lorenzo Cain for his first career strikeout.

Jake Junis (2-0, 4.67) surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. All three Padres’ runs came via solo home runs. Cory Spangenberg hit one in the fourth inning and led off the seventh inning with another. Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with the third.

The Cincinnati Reds (29-33) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (0-3, 5.30) starts the first game tonight against Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.25).
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Over his first two starts with the Padres, Dinelson Lamet did a lot of things well. One of them was getting ahead of hitters early, which put him in good situations and eventually allowed him to finish off at-bats with overpowering stuff.

No matter a pitcher’s velocity or stuff, it’s important to get ahead in the count. Hitters simply aren’t nearly as dangerous when the count isn’t in their favor, yet they can square up any velocity ahead 2-0. After a 1-0 count, for instance, major-league hitters are OPS-ing .838 this year. When it starts 0-1, on the other hand, they’ve got a paltry OPS of .620. That’s 200-plus OPS points just in getting strike one over. There’s an even bigger gap—some 332 OPS points—between 2-1 and 1-2, in part because hitters can only strike out when there are two strikes.

Anyway, it’s really important for a pitcher to get ahead, which isn’t exactly breaking news.

Here’s a comparison of the percentage of times Lamet was ahead in the count after the third pitch of an at-bat in each of his first three starts (I counted at-bats that ended on the third pitch if the count was a 0-2 or 2-0):

5/25 vs. Mets: 71 percent
5/30 vs. Cubs: 55 percent
6/6 vs. D’backs: 24 percent

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

The Padres (23-36) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (35-25) in the first of three games at Chase Field, 10-2.

Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 6.92) gave up nine runs (seven earned) on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Jake Lamb hit a two-run double in the first inning. Lamb hit a bases loaded single and Chris Owings hit a three-run home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Owings reached on a fielding error by Chase d’Arnaud and Daniel Descalso singled with the bases loaded for another two runs.

Robbie Ray (6-3, 2.85) surrendered one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eleven in six and two-thirds innings. Hunter Renfroe hit two solo home runs, one with two outs in the fourth inning off Ray and one to lead off the ninth inning off Tom Wilhelmsen.

Tonight, Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.01) gets the start against Zack Greinke (7-3, 3.06) with first pitch scheduled for 6:40pm PDT.
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