Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup.

The Padres (18-17) scored more runs than the Seattle Mariners (15-18) yesterday, 4-2, at Safeco Field to pull even in the 2015 Vedder Cup.

James Shields (5-0, 3.91) had a shutout through four and two-thirds innings, when Brad Miller hit a solo home run. Shields ended up pitching six innings with just the one run on six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel gave up the Mariners’ second run on a two-out RBI double by Miller to score Dustin Ackley in the ninth inning before striking out Robinson Cano to record his tenth save of the season.

Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.22) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Will Middlebrooks hit his fourth homer, a solo shot, in the third inning. Cory Spangenberg drove in Alexi Amarista with a sacrifice fly. Spangenberg then scored the fourth Padres’ run all on his own in the eighth inning, reaching base on a single, stealing second base and advancing to third on a throwing error by Mike Zunino, and then scoring on a wild pitch.

The Padres come home for four games against the Washington Nationals (19-16) starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Tyson Ross (1-3, 3.98) takes the hill against Doug Fister (2-1, 2.87).

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A (Mostly) Fictional History of a (Completely) Fictional Rivalry

A Storied Tradition

  • One of the oldest traditions, started by the 2012 San Diego Padres fans, dictates that the winning team drink Ballast Point Sculpin from the Vedder Cup after victory of the season series. If Seattle wins possession, The Immortal IPA by Elysian Brewing must be drank from the Vedder Cup.
  • Another tradition (or rather superstition) that is prevalent among today’s fans is that no one should touch the Vedder Cup itself until his or her team has rightfully won the Cup.

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